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Apr 29, 2014

I won’t change philosophy, says beaten Guardiola

MUNICH (Reuters) – Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola still believes in possession-based football and cannot alter his feelings about the way the game should be played, he said after the Champions League holders were hammered by Real Madrid on Tuesday. The former Barcelona boss was forced to defend his philosophy, already under fire in Germany, after his side were outclassed in their semi-final, second leg, losing 4-0 on the night and 5-0 on aggregate. “I know it’s a tough night for us, for me and for the players,” he told reporters, adding that Bayern lost because they had too little possession, not too much.

“The reason we did so badly in the first half is that we did not have possession. We didn’t play with the ball. “Against Arsenal and against Manchester United (earlier in the competition) and in the first leg in Madrid, we played with the ball and we controlled the game. “We did not do it in the first half and when you don’t have control against a great, great team like this, you don’t have a chance.” “The argument about my ideas is not valid,” he added. “I can’t change what I feel and what I feel is that we must play with the ball and attack as much as possible.”

Apr 29, 2014

Soccer-I won’t change philosophy, says beaten Guardiola

MUNICH, April 29 (Reuters) – Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola still believes in possession-based football and cannot alter his feelings about the way the game should be played, he said after the Champions League holders were hammered by Real Madrid on Tuesday.

The former Barcelona boss was forced to defend his philosophy, already under fire in Germany, after his side were outclassed in their semi-final, second leg, losing 4-0 on the night and 5-0 on aggregate.

Apr 29, 2014

Soccer-Dazzling Real thrash woeful Bayern to reach final

MUNICH, April 19 (Reuters) – Real Madrid tore Bayern Munich apart with three goals in 18 astonishing first-half minutes to reach the Champions League final with a 4-0 win on a dreadful night for the holders at a stunned Allianz Arena on Tuesday.

Two headers from Sergio Ramos, a breathtaking breakaway goal by Cristiano Ronaldo and a late free kick by the Portuguese forward in a one-sided semi-final, second leg handed Bayern their heaviest home defeat in European competition.

Apr 29, 2014

Real thrash Bayern to reach Champions League final

MUNICH (Reuters) – Real Madrid tore apart Bayern Munich’s ragged defence with a ruthless first-half display as they thrashed the defending champions 4-0 in their own stadium to reach their first Champions League final for 12 years on Tuesday.

Two Sergio Ramos headers put Real 2-0 ahead after 20 minutes of the semi-final second leg and Cristiano Ronaldo added a third from a superb break before halftime.

Apr 29, 2014

Soccer-Real thrash Bayern to reach Champions League final

MUNICH, April 29 (Reuters) – Real Madrid tore apart Bayern Munich’s ragged defence with a ruthless first-half display as they thrashed the defending champions 4-0 in their own stadium to reach their first Champions League final for 12 years on Tuesday.

Two Sergio Ramos headers put Real 2-0 ahead after 20 minutes of the semi-final second leg and Cristiano Ronaldo added a third from a superb break before halftime.

Apr 29, 2014

Shaqiri teaches party-pooping Swiss to enjoy themselves

BERNE (Reuters) – If Switzerland are going to shed their reputation as World Cup party-poopers, then their impish winger Xherdan Shaqiri is the man to do it.

Fun is not a word usually associated with Switzerland’s national team, who have scored five goals and conceded one in their last seven games at the World Cup, yet it is something the 22-year-old Kosovo-born player thrives on.

Apr 29, 2014

Hitzfeld bows out with Switzerland after 45-year career

BERNE (Reuters) – Ottmar Hitzfeld, one of Europe’s most successful coaches at club level, will bow out in Brazil after a 45-year career which has brought him seven Bundesliga titles, two Champions League winners’ medals and one extraordinary defeat.

Hitzfeld will be leading Switzerland to the World Cup for the second time, having also been in charge of a bitter-sweet campaign in South Africa four years ago.

Apr 29, 2014

Feisty young side shatter stereotypes of Switzerland

BERNE (Reuters) – A young side drawn mainly from immigrant backgrounds, Switzerland’s World Cup team is about as far removed from the stereotyped image of the Alpine nation as it is possible to get.

While the Swiss are often regarded as reserved, diplomatic and predictable, their national side is a feisty outfit with a surprising amount of flair.

Apr 29, 2014

Soccer-World-Shaqiri teaches party-pooping Swiss to enjoy themselves

BERNE, April 29 (Reuters) – If Switzerland are going to shed their reputation as World Cup party-poopers, then their impish winger Xherdan Shaqiri is the man to do it.

Fun is not a word usually associated with Switzerland’s national team, who have scored five goals and conceded one in their last seven games at the World Cup, yet it is something the 22-year-old Kosovo-born player thrives on.

Apr 29, 2014

Soccer-World-Hitzfeld bows out with Switzerland after 45-year career

BERNE, April 29 (Reuters) – Ottmar Hitzfeld, one of Europe’s most successful coaches at club level, will bow out in Brazil after a 45-year career which has brought him seven Bundesliga titles, two Champions League winners’ medals and one extraordinary defeat.

Hitzfeld will be leading Switzerland to the World Cup for the second time, having also been in charge of a bitter-sweet campaign in South Africa four years ago.