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Kroos: Ancelotti not to blame for Champions League exit | 13.05.2015

Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has refused to point the finger at head coach Carlo Ancelotti following the titleholders’ Champions League semi-final exit at the hands of Juventus.

The Santiago Bernabeu side needed to overcome a 2-1 first-leg defeat in Wednesday’s return at home and appeared to be on their way to the final in Berlin halfway through following Cristiano Ronaldo’s penalty.

Alvaro Morata then dealt Madrid a huge blow with his 57th-minute equaliser and Madrid failed to find a second to force extra-time.

Wednesday’s result means Madrid are likely to end the 2014-15 campaign trophyless, with Barcelona four points clear at the top of La Liga with two games to play, yet Kroos feels Ancelotti should not be blamed for what looks set to be a disappointing season.

“It is not up to the team to decide the coach’s future,” the Germany international told Sky.

“All I can say on the matter is that Ancelotti is a great coach.

"We came very close to reaching the final and when you look at the way we played, this would not have been possible had we had a bad coach. I hope everybody realises that.”

The former Bayern Munich midfielder admits his side were too wayward with their finishing after creating a number of chances against Juventus in each half.

“We put in a very good performance in the first half. We should have scored more goals as we created a lot of chances, just like we did in the second half.

"Our inability to convert our chances was decisive in the end. We had every chance of making it to the final here.

"Our goal this season was to win titles, so it is clear that his is very bitter.”

Dybala: 'Juve wanted me more'

Paulo Dybala explains he only wanted to leave Palermo for Juventus. “They wanted me the most and I hope Carlos Tevez stays.”

The striker said goodbye to the Stadio Barbera crowd in today’s 3-2 defeat to Fiorentina, as tomorrow he’ll undergo a medical in Turin.

“Juventus are the side who wanted me the most,” the 21-year-old Argentine told Sky Sport Italia.

“They made a real effort to sign me and this is why I made my decision. I can certainly win the Scudetto there, as they are a winning team. I too always play to win and can find success with them.

“It will be impossible for me to forget everything I’ve experienced in three years at Palermo. I was happy from the very first day.

“I know that to play for Juve, I have to do much more and I’m sure I can improve a great deal.”

Tevez seems set to remain for one more season and resist the call of a return to Boca Juniors until 2016.

“I hope he stays, as it would be much easier for me to learn and grow with him by my side.”

Dybala was signed from second division club Instituto in July 2012 for €12m, a huge sum for a teenager, but it’s believed the deal with Juventus is worth €40m between cash, bonuses and player exchanges.

“When I arrived at Palermo, everyone said I was too expensive, but with time I proved that I can play and repeat what I did in Argentina.

“It will be the same thing at Juve, people will say the club paid too much, but with a calm mind I will try to repay the Bianconeri.”

Cristiano Ronaldo dating Italian model and actress Alessia Tedeschi

Cristiano Ronaldo dating Italian model and actress Alessia Tedeschi

The Real Madrid star has been on the market since his January split from Russian model Irina Shayk, whom he dated for five years.

According to the Daily Mail, the 30-year-old Portugal captain met Tedeschi through their modelling work for Armani Exchange and the Italian beauty reportedly travelled to Madrid to watch Ronaldo’s side play Juventus in the Champions League earlier this month.

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Confirmed: €40m Man Utd Target Has Reached Agreement To Join CL Giants Juventus


Man United target Paulo Dybala has confirmed he has chosen to join Juventus, as per the Express and Goal.
The 21-year-old striker is set to complete a switch to the Turin club for a deal worth around €40 million (£28m), the newspaper reports.
Why Dybala will be key to Juventus’s continued dominance
The striker was linked with a move to the Premier League and the paper alleges that Arsenal were one of the front-runners for his signature.
But the striker has revealed that he signed for Juventus because they showed the most interest in trying to acquire him.
“Juventus are the side who wanted me the most,” he said,”They made a real effort to sign me and this is why I made my decision.
“I can certainly win the Scudetto there, as they are a winning team. I too always play to win and can find success with them.”
Dybala has scored 13 goals in the Serie A this season
The 21-year-old has made 34 appearances for Palermo in the Serie A this season and apart from his 13 goals he has also registered 10 assists in the Serie A this season.
Dybala has won 52% of his duels on average in Serie A this season
Dybala will join a dominant Juventus outfit, the reigning Serie A champions are on course for a historic double and face Barcelona in this year’s Champions League final. So it may not be surprising the superstar has decided to move to Turin.
The 21-year-old is one of the hottest young prospects in world football right now and while a move to the Premier League would have been a tantalising prospect, the striker clearly remains very content in Serie A.
Dybala has an average pass accuracy of 82% in Serie A this season
 

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No, no, no, I'll stay here! Pep turns down Barca's Berlin offer Mipasho

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No, no, no, I’ll stay here! Pep turns down Barca’s Berlin offer

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Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has turned down an invite from Barcelona to travel to Berlin to see his former side play Juventus in the Champions League final.
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When Massimiliano Allegri was sacked by AC Milan in January 2014, few could have predicted that a year later he would be on the brink of steering Juventus to treble success. Italian football authorities themselves had little faith in that happening, scheduling the Italian Cup final for a day after the Champions League showpiece - and having to hastily rearrange after Juventus triumphed at Real Madrid last week. Allegri had the luxury of resting many of his star players at Inter Milan on Saturday and the second-string Juventus side still won 2-1 against the only Italian team to have won the treble - under Jose Mourinho in 2010.
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Carlos Tevez Admits That Barcelona Star Leo Messi Is 'From Another Planet'

The relationship between Carlos Tevez and Lionel Messi has always been the subject of much debate.

Tevez was left out of Argentina’s World Cup squad last year, with Jonathan Wilson noting in the Guardian in February 2014: “There has been no bust-up, no specific reason for ill feeling, but Messi is known to be no great fan of Tevez.”

However, Tevez is now back in the national-team picture and will, of course, face Messi in the Champions League final in June. 

Tevez’s Juventus side completed a 3-2 aggregate win over Real Madrid on Wednesday to book a Berlin meeting with Messi’s Barcelona. 

After the triumph at the Bernabeu, Tevez spoke of his admiration of Messi and admitted that he and his team-mates will face a big challenge against Barcelona. 

He told Sky (via Joe Wright on Goal.com):

Messi is the best player in the world, even in the semi-finals he did crazy things. He is a player from another planet. I never had problems with him. 

We deserve this final. Now we go to Berlin for a big challenge against Barcelona. Ours is really a team, no one would have bet on us but we’ve done something great.

Juventus will take on Barcelona on June 6 in Berlin.

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UEFA Champions League: Juve block Real's only path

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UEFA Champions League: Juve block Real’s only path


Real Madrid must overcome a 2-1 first-leg deficit to keep their season alive when a Juventus side boosted by the return of Paul Pogba visit the Santiago Bernabeu in the return of their Champions League semi-final on Wednesday.

Los Blancos’ La Liga title hopes are all but over despite coming from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Valencia on Saturday as Barcelona moved four points clear at the top with just two games remaining.

However, Carlo Ancelotti’s men recovered from exactly the same result against Valencia that proved an almost fatal blow to their title hopes at the same stage last season to go on and win the club’s 10th European Cup in Lisbon a few weeks later.

Defensive lapses have cost Madrid in recent weeks as they have conceded twice in four of their last five matches and right-back Dani Carvajal insists they can’t go for a clinical Juventus side from the off and risk being caught on the counter-attack.

“We need to win, that is fundamental. However, above all, we need to have a cool head, be patient and not go crazy,” he told the club’s website.

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Pogba leads Juve against Real

Real Madrid must overcome a 2-1 first-leg deficit to keep their season alive when a Juventus side boosted by the return of Paul Pogba visit the Santiago Bernabeu in the return of their Champions League semi-final on Wednesday, AFP reports.

Los Blancos’ La Liga title hopes are all but over despite coming from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Valencia on Saturday as Barcelona moved four points clear at the top with just two games remaining.

However, Carlo Ancelotti’s men recovered from exactly the same result against Valencia that proved an almost fatal blow to their title hopes at the same stage last season to go on and win the club’s 10th European Cup in Lisbon a few weeks later.

Defensive lapses have cost Real in recent weeks as they have conceded twice in four of their last five matches and right-back Dani Carvajal insists they can’t go for a clinical Juventus side from the off and risk being caught on the counter-attack.

“We need to win, that is fundamental. However, above all, we need to have a cool head, be patient and not go crazy,” he told the club’s website.

“The game is 90 minutes long and we need to make that seem like a long time for Juventus and make them suffer without the ball.”

Carvajal gave away the penalty, converted by Carlos Tevez, at the end of a counter-attack which gave the Italian champions the advantage in last week’s first leg.

And he believes Madrid will not be so generous in front of a packed house at the Bernabeu.

“They created danger from us giving the ball away or our errors. I think if we stay calm, have patience, move them around, then we will win the game.

“After the first leg the feelings of the coach and the players were clear. We cannot commit so many errors in easy passes because that breathed life into them.”

Real could be back close to full strength as Toni Kroos is expected to shrug off a hip injury picked up against Valencia, while Karim Benzema is set to feature up front after a month out with a knee problem.



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Real a glum bunch staring down elimination as Juve come calling Mipasho

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Real Madrid must overcome a 2-1 first-leg deficit to keep their season alive when a Juventus side boosted by the return of Paul Pogba visit the Santiago Bernabeu in the return of their Champions League semi-final tonight.
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Champions League semi-finalists: Which is biggest financial giant of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern and Juventus?

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Real Madrid season on line against Pogba-boosted Juventus

Madrid (AFP) - Real Madrid must overcome a 2-1 first-leg deficit to keep their season alive when a Juventus side boosted by the return of Paul Pogba visit the Santiago Bernabeu in the return of their Champions League semi-final on Wednesday.

Los Blancos’ La Liga title hopes are all but over despite coming from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Valencia on Saturday as Barcelona moved four points clear at the top with just two games remaining.

However, Carlo Ancelotti’s men recovered from exactly the same result against Valencia that proved an almost fatal blow to their title hopes at the same stage last season to go on and win the club’s 10th European Cup in Lisbon a few weeks later.

Defensive lapses have cost Madrid in recent weeks as they have conceded twice in four of their last five matches and right-back Dani Carvajal insists they can’t go for a clinical Juventus side from the off and risk being caught on the counter-attack.

“We need to win, that is fundamental. However, above all, we need to have a cool head, be patient and not go crazy,” he told the club’s website.

“The game is 90 minutes long and we need to make that seem like a long time for Juventus and make them suffer without the ball.”

Carvajal gave away the penalty, converted by Carlos Tevez, at the end of a counter-attack which gave the Italian champions the advantage in last week’s first leg.

And he believes Madrid will not be so generous in front of a packed house at the Bernabeu.

“They created danger from us giving the ball away or our errors. I think if we stay calm, have patience, move them around, then we will win the game. 

"After the first leg the feelings of the coach and the players were clear. We cannot commit so many errors in easy passes because that breathed life into them.”

- Close to full strength -

Madrid could be back close to full strength as Toni Kroos is expected to shrug off a hip injury picked up against Valencia, while Karim Benzema is set to feature up front after a month out with a knee problem.

Benzema’s French international teammate Pogba is certain to play a part after making a goalscoring return from a near two-month injury layoff in a 1-1 draw at home to Cagliari on Saturday.

Juventus have waited 12 years to get back to the biggest game in European football, when they also beat Real in the semi-finals in 2003, and defender Giorgio Chiellini described the game as the biggest in his 10 years with the club.

“We can’t wait for Wednesday evening to come. This is the most prestigious and important game I’ll be playing in since I joined the club,” he said.

“I’ve been here for 10 years and 12 have gone past since we last reached a semi-final.

"We’ve got better and matured as the competition has worn on and getting past the last 16 and then the quarter-finals gave us added awareness in our own abilities.

"We’ve never been as close as we are now, but we’ve still got 95 really tough minutes to get through. The final is still a long way away and we’ll need a super performance to get there.”

Juventus’ biggest threat could come from a very familiar source for the Madrid faithful as Real academy product Alvaro Morata returns to the Bernabeu after scoring the opener in the first leg.

The Spanish international joined the Bianconeri last summer and could still return to his boyhood club should they exercise a buy-back clause at the end of the season.

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Champions League Fixtures 2015: Semi-Finals Leg 2 Schedule, Live Stream Info

The finalists of the Champions League will soon be decided as the second legs of the semi-finals take place.

Barcelona have one step in the marquee final after dismantling Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich on his return to his former club.

But El Clasico rivals Real Madrid have it all to do after losing in Turin against a strong Juventus side.

Here is how you can watch the games, with fixture and streaming information: 

Preview

The brilliance of Lionel Messi and his stellar supporting cast were in full effect at the Camp Nou, as Barcelona took a commanding lead against Bayern Munich.

The Blaugrana won 3-0 on the night, turning the blood of Bayern’s defence inside out with a dazzling display of skill and attacking prowess.

Guardiola’s team are always strong on their own patch, but a host of injuries have left them short in key positions.

The losses of Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben were clearly felt in the first leg, and it is questionable whether Bayern have the firepower to cause a dent in Barca’s bodywork, with the Catalans needing one away goal to finish the job.

Messi’s form is once again reaching its vintage best ,and the player’s record for this term is outstanding. The magician has 50 goals from just 48 La Liga and Champions League appearances, per WhoScored.com, and it is difficult to imagine any team stopping Barca at home or abroad.

The form of Luis Suarez and Neymar is also hitting a peak, and they will be just as dangerous as Messi when they travel to Germany.

Real Madrid will be relieved they captured the away goal against Juventus in their semi-final first leg, but the form of Carlos Tevez will frighten Los Blancos.

The Argentinian is playing the best football of his career and he boldly led his club to a 2-1 win in Turin. 

Tevez’s mobility is a threat to any opponent, but it is his predatory finishing that is so impressive at the moment.

The 31-year-old has seven goals in 11 Champions League games, per WhoScored, and the busy striker will be a threat in the Bernabeu. 

Bleacher Report’s Matteo Bonetti explained why Juve can win this season’s European Cup:

Cristiano Ronaldo looks slightly jaded at present, but the form of Gareth Bale will be Carlo Ancelotti’s biggest worry. The Welshman looks unhappy, and his performances have nosedived after a great first season.

Juve have the courage to go to the Spanish capital and cause a huge surprise. If they play the classic Italian way, they can soak up the Galactico pressure and hit on the counter.

Tevez will provide the industry needed, and the Old Lady may finally find itself back on the top of the European tree with a historic victory. 



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