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May 13, 2015

Soccer-Bayern, Guardiola at crossroads after Champions League exit

MUNICH, May 13 (Reuters) – Bayern Munich and Pep Guardiola have reached a crossroads after Tuesday’s Champions League exit to Barcelona, with the team in need of renewal and the Spanish coach under growing pressure to deliver European silverware.

Guardiola’s arrival two years ago was supposed to herald another great European era for the Bavarians after their 2013 treble. They had reached the Champions League final in 2010, 2012 and 2013 before signing him.

May 12, 2015

Messi is the best player of all time – Bayern’s Guardiola

MUNICH (Reuters) – Barcelona’s Lionel Messi is the best player ever, Bayern coach Pep Guardiola said on Tuesday after the Spanish side eliminated the Bavarians 5-3 on aggregate to reach next month’s Champions League final.

“He is the best player of all time,” Guardiola said. “I compare him with Pele. I am so happy to see this football.”

May 12, 2015

Luis Enrique ‘suffers’ on sidelines as Barca reach final

MUNICH (Reuters) – Barcelona coach Luis Enrique saw his team beat Bayern Munich 5-3 on aggregate to reach their eighth European Cup final on Tuesday, but said it had been a nerve-racking experience having to watch their stellar run from the sidelines.

The Catalans are in the running for a treble of titles in the coach’s first season in charge and Tuesday’s 3-2 defeat at Bayern allowed them to advance to the final for the first time since 2011 courtesy of their 3-0 first-leg win.

May 12, 2015

Soccer-Messi is the best player of all time – Bayern’s Guardiola

MUNICH, May 12 (Reuters) – Barcelona’s Lionel Messi is the best player ever, Bayern coach Pep Guardiola said on Tuesday after the Spanish side eliminated the Bavarians 5-3 on aggregate to reach next month’s Champions League final.

“He is the best player of all time,” Guardiola said. “I compare him with Pele. I am so happy to see this football.”

May 12, 2015

Soccer-Luis Enrique “suffers” on sidelines as Barca reach final

MUNICH, May 12 (Reuters) – Barcelona coach Luis Enrique saw his team beat Bayern Munich 5-3 on aggregate to reach their eighth European Cup final on Tuesday, but said it had been a nerve-racking experience having to watch their stellar run from the sidelines.

The Catalans are in the running for a treble of titles in the coach’s first season in charge and Tuesday’s 3-2 defeat at Bayern allowed them to advance to the final for the first time since 2011 courtesy of their 3-0 first-leg win.

May 12, 2015

Barca reach Champions League final despite Bayern loss

MUNICH (Reuters) – Barcelona reached the Champions League final, despite losing 3-2 at their former coach Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich on Tuesday, with an aggregate 5-3 win and will face Real Madrid or Juventus in Berlin next month.

Barca’s tricky Brazil forward Neymar scored twice in the first half to kill off the hosts’ chances following the Spanish side’s 3-0 first leg win at the Nou Camp last week.

May 12, 2015

Soccer-Barca reach Champions League final despite Bayern loss

MUNICH, May 12 (Reuters) – Barcelona reached the Champions League final, despite losing 3-2 at their former coach Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich on Tuesday, with an aggregate 5-3 win and will face Real Madrid or Juventus in Berlin next month.

Barca’s tricky Brazil forward Neymar scored twice in the first half to kill off the hosts’ chances following the Spanish side’s 3-0 first leg win at the Nou Camp last week.

May 11, 2015

Barcelona wary of ‘crazy’ game at Bayern – Luis Enrique

MUNICH (Reuters) – Barcelona want to avoid their Champions League semi-final, second leg at Bayern Munich on Tuesday turning into a frantic encounter that could jeopardise their 3-0 first leg advantage, coach Luis Enrique said.

The Spaniards scored three times late in the game to beat Bayern last week but Enrique said he was fully aware the Germans were far from beaten.

May 11, 2015

Schalke axe Boateng, Sam after poor run

MUNICH (Reuters) – Schalke 04 released midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng and striker Sidney Sam on Monday following the 2-0 Bundesliga defeat by Cologne which put their European place for next season at risk.

The club also suspended defensive midfielder Marco Hoeger until Saturday.

Sports director Horst Heldt had warned there would be consequences after Schalke, who reached the Champions League knockout stages this season, lost in Cologne on Sunday. They have managed only one win in their last eight league games.

May 11, 2015

Soccer-Barcelona wary of ‘crazy’ game at Bayern – Luis Enrique

MUNICH, May 11 (Reuters) – Barcelona want to avoid their Champions League semi-final, second leg at Bayern Munich on Tuesday turning into a frantic encounter that could jeopardise their 3-0 first leg advantage, coach Luis Enrique said.

The Spaniards scored three times late in the game to beat Bayern last week but Enrique said he was fully aware the Germans were far from beaten.

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