How the final four are shaping up

Momentum can be crucial at this juncture in the season, so we've taken a look at how each team is shaping up heading into the midweek action.

Tuesday: Bayern Munich v Barcelona (0-3)

Bayern Munich

Momentum is one thing that Bayern Munich certainly don't have at the moment. Pep Guardiola's side have lost their last four matches, with two defeats in the league and a Cup exit at the hands of Borussia Dortmund coming in addition to their loss to Barcelona.

Bayern have lost just four times in the Bundesliga this term, but three of those defeats have come in their last seven fixtures. Having already wrapped up the league title, the defeats are of little consequence in terms of the chasing pack closing in, but winning can be a habit, and it isn't a habit for Bayern at present,

Not surprisingly Guardiola looked to rest a few key players over the weekend, with goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, defenders Mehdi Benatia and Rafinha, and midfielder Xabi Alonso all named on the bench. But even that didn't go according to plan, with Neuer forced to come on as a first half replacement after Pepe Reina was sent off after just 14 minutes.

A few words from the manager…

Pep Guardiola: "Playing 80 minutes with 10 men three days after the game in Barcelona wasn't easy, but we still controlled the match. We'll regenerate and prepare for the semi-final [second leg] now. We're already German champions and that's the most important thing.

"…If we only focus on scoring on Tuesday, we will lose in the same way we did in last year's semi-final decider to Madrid. We have to stay calm, play our own game and see what happens."


The high-flying Catalan outfit are enjoying a wave of success at present, having last dropped points a month ago when they drew with Sevilla. Barcelona's most recent defeat was back in February when they lost to Malaga.

Luis Enrique's side have kept seven consecutive clean sheets, the last of which came in Saturday's victory over Real Sociedad, while scoring 25 goals in the same period.

It was not just the weekend's result that will have further boosted Barcelona though, with Enrique afforded the luxury of resting his entire first-choice midfield, with Andres Iniesta, Ivan Rakatic and Sergio Busquets all named on the bench, while left-back Jordi Alba also sat out.

Defender Jeremy Mathieu is expected to return from an Achilles injury in time for Tuesday's match, having missed the first leg of the tie, as well as the weekend's league fixture. The Frenchman is likely to replace Javier Mascherano in the centre of the Barca defence.

A few words from the manager…

Luis Enrique: "The game was tough but in general I'd say we played a perfect game. Physically, the team is doing well, though I did some rotations to keep players fresh. The best way to defend is for us to have the ball in the opponent's half.

"…Bayern are world-class opponents and we cannot make the mistake of taking our three-goal lead for granted," he told reporters. "I have no doubt that we will struggle in Munich."

Wednesday: Real Madrid v Juventus (1-2)

Real Madrid

Real's La Liga title hopes all but ended on Saturday when they were held to a draw by Valencia. Now four points shy of Barcelona with only a handful of games remaining, Los Blancos look set to have to make do with second spot.

This will make Carlo Ancelotti even more eager to claim back-to-back Champions League crowns, but his side are not hitting the right notes.

March was a month to forget for Real, with Ancelotti's side winning just one of four league games, but they recovered in April winning all six La Liga fixtures while also booking their spot in the Champions League last four. However, Real don't look like a team that's completely ready to end the season strongly.

The weekend's defeat to Valencia was made worse by Gareth Bale's continued struggles, while Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty. Perhaps the most telling blow though is the potential loss of Toni Kroos to injury. 

The German international was forced off after 25 minutes, and was joined on the sidelines at the interval by full-backs Fabio Coentrao and Alvaro Arbeloa. There has been no official word on Kroos' hip injury, but the midfielder indicated on social media that he expected to face Juve.

A few words from the manager…

"The result was not good, though the game itself was very good. We had many chances to score, we fought until the end and deserved to win but it was not enough. We paid for little mistakes but the reaction in the second half was very good. My players all struggled and worked hard together. We scored two goals and we missed a penalty. Sometimes this happens.

"…On Wednesday against Juve we will be okay. We are all disappointed with the Valencia result but we are full of confidence. That's how we feel."


Juventus' European form has come as a surprise to some, but it really shouldn't have considering how dominant the Bianconeri have been this season. Massimiliano Allegri's men wrapped up the Serie A title earlier this month having lost just three league matches all season – and they've carried that form into Europe.

Juve were unable to follow up their midweek success with a win in league action this past weekend, registering a 1-1 draw with Cagliari on Saturday. However, there was plenty to smile about for Allegri, with star midfielder Paul Pogba making a goal-scoring return to action after two months on the sidelines.

It remains to be seen whether Pogba will start against Real, with Allegri underlining the importance of having fully fit players at the Bernabeu.

A few words from the manager…

Massimiliano Allegri: "Paul put in a decent display and is in a good physical condition. It was important for him to regain his judgement of distances in the middle of the park. I won't know my starting line-up right until the last minute. We know it will be a very difficult game in Madrid and a different one entirely, a more attacking affair. We passed up four or five decent chances in the first leg, we'll have to put them away at the Bernabeu if we want to go through.

"…The club hasn't played a game of this importance for 12 years, but I believe we now have the experience and confidence to play well at this level. On Wednesday we will need to deliver a performance that is almost perfect. I won't say perfect because that is impossible in football, but for sure we'll need our best performance to go through."