Monday, April 26, 2010

UEFA Champions League Schalke VS. Manchester United Live

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Tuesday 19.30, London

The lineups for Schalke v Man Utd have been announced. They can be found in the MatchCentre, exactly where you are able to adhere to all the action from Arena AufSchalke. The weblog won't be updated while the games are in progress but be sure to return at full time for instant post-match response from the primary protagonists.

Tuesday 19.twenty five, Simon Hart at Arena AufSchalke
There's a lengthy queue for meals within the press room exactly where chicken, potatoes and pretzels are on the menu. As for what kind of match we'll be served up with, Mark Lawrenson, a member of Liverpool's 1984 European Champion Clubs' Cup-winning group and now a BBC analyst, is predicting a 1-1 draw tonight along with a two-goal win for the English team at Previous Trafford.

Paddy Crerand, who won the trophy with United in 1968, is much more circumspect, pointing to their current FA Cup semi-final reduction to Manchester City FC as proof that it is hard making predictions at this stage of the competitors. "You by no means know inside a semi-final," he stated. "German sides are always hard to beat," additional Crerand, pointing to the fact United had not beaten Bundesliga opposition in the company end of this competitors since the 1999 final as well as Schalke's improvement beneath Ralf Rangnick.

Tuesday 19.21, Paul Bryan at Santiago Bernabéu
Andrés Iniesta reduce a lonely figure out around the Santiago Bernabéu pitch a short time ago as he trained apart from his team-mates prior to walking out of the session. Rumours had been rife in the Spanish press this morning that the midfielder had picked up a correct calf damage and all signs point to that becoming the situation. The 26-year-old's possible absence would signify an additional headache for coach Josep Guardiola who currently needs to find a solution at left back again with Adriano, Maxwell and Eric Abidal all certainly out.

Indeed the Barcelona coach appeared in reflective mood whilst playing keepie-uppie on your own within the centre with the pitch, every touch of the ball being snapped by the dozens of photographers present in the session of which the first 15 minutes were open to the press. One guy who looked determined as ever, nevertheless, was defender Carles Puyol who appears ready for action after recent knee and hamstring issues. Every lengthy pass through the Barça captain produced a sound that boomed out around the empty stands because the sun went down behind this well-known arena.

Tuesday 19.10, Marcos Prieto at Santiago Bernabéu
Barcelona have just started coaching subsequent some words from Mascherano, remembering Liverpool FC's 1-0 spherical of sixteen first-leg win at Real Madrid in 2009, in which he played, establishing a 5-0 aggregate good results. "The scenarios had been extremely various and of course I was enjoying to get a different team," he stated. "With Liverpool we managed to qualify and that was great.

"What we have to do would be to play like the second half in the Copa del Rey last in Valencia," he added. "In the first half of that game we did not have possession and could not play our typical game."

Tuesday eighteen.forty, London
We now have video of José Mourinho's press conference: click on around the image to watch.

Tuesday 18.twenty five, Paul Bryan at Santiago Bernabéu
As we await the arrival of Javier Mascherano we have just had news of the Madrid squad and it reveals an essential absentee, that of Sami Khedira who misses out having a tear in his correct thigh. Lassana Diarra, who returned from a hip criticism to function in the 6-3 win at Valencia CF last weekend, might well be the guy to provide cover in defensive midfield. Emmanuel Adebayor and Ángel Dí María have also shaken off knocks and make the final reduce.

Tuesday eighteen.fifteen, Marcos Prieto at Santiago Bernabéu
Actual Madrid playmaker Kaká trained this afternoon together with his team-mates at Valdebebas following flying in from Sao Paulo, exactly where he met his newborn daughter Isabella. Meanwhile, anticipation is expanding here at the press conference space as media await the words of Mascherano and Guardiola both side of their training session.

Tuesday eighteen.00, London
Inside the next hour, Javier Mascherano will probably be speaking towards the media in Madrid. Our Barcelona correspondent Graham Hunter believes dominating possession will be the key to the club's success, while Madrid-based Paul Bryan, our reporter tonight, analyses Real's return to this stage of the competitors.

Tuesday 17.thirty, London
A minimum of 1 document will have to go tonight. Schalke have won all five of their UEFA Champions League Live house video games up to now scoring 13 and conceding only 3. United, meanwhile, are yet to concede a objective around the road in this season's competition.

Tuesday 17.00, London
The Schalke coach once invested a yr residing in England learning the language and playing for non-league Southwick FC, and when Sir Alex Ferguson took more than at United in 1986, Ralf Rangnick was coaching VfB Stuttgart's amateur group. And, as discovered out on Monday, Rangnick cannot wait to meet Sir Alex.

Tuesday sixteen.31, Simon Hart in Gelsenkirchen
Graeme Souness, a European champion with Liverpool FC in 1984, and former England midfielder Jamie Redknapp are right here within the hotel beside the Arena AufSchalke, preparing to cover the match for Sky Sports activities. An additional acquainted encounter is Andy Roxburgh, UEFA's technical director. He considers United favourites but says Schalke ought to not be underestimated and anticipates the home supporters whipping up a wonderful ambiance within the stadium tonight

Tuesday sixteen.eleven, Marcos Prieto at Valdebebas
Madrid are now having a work-out at the Valdebebas coaching ground beneath a cloudy sky. Barcelona arrived in the funds at noon with around one hundred fans waiting at Barajas Airport. The players are now at the hotel and can train at the Santiago Bernabéu at 19.00. Also in the stadium, Javier Mascherano addresses the media at 18.45 and Pep Guardiola following training at 20.00.

Tuesday sixteen.01, Simon Hart in Gelsenkirchen
Sir Alex Ferguson claimed in yesterday's press conference to become unaware of the importance with the Arena AufSchalke for Wayne Rooney - as well as said he was not watching when his striker was sent off playing here for England in the 2006 World Cup. Rooney himself won't have forgotten although his recently up-and-running Twitter account tells us he has been relaxing today by listening to the Beatles.

"Morning all in space listening towards the beatles. Best band ever in my opinion. Excited for tonight. Come around the red males," he wrote. However if United followers will wish their striker will be here, there and everywhere tonight, the Schalke supporters would favor to determine a hard day's evening for your Liverpudlian...

Tuesday 15.41, Marcos Prieto at Valdebebas
Defender Marcelo joined Mourinho within the press conference. "Champions League semi-finals are extremely difficult games but extremely stunning video games that everybody desires to play," he stated prior to turning to the topic of defensive colleague Pepe, who could once more be utilized in midfield. "Pepe is really a phenomenal player, everyone understands that. He'll play well wherever the coach tells him to but I believe he's best as a central defender."

Tuesday fifteen.27, Marcos Prieto at Valdebebas
Mourinho's ideas can now be revealed. "I don't thoughts if Guardiola says we're favourites. I do not believe so," he mused. "There are no favourites before the very first leg." Regardless of having seen off Wednesday's opponents with Chelsea FC, Inter and, final week, Madrid, he additional: "I don't possess a magic method to defeat Barcelona. The only formula I have is hard function. I am the same coach who misplaced 5-0 in opposition to Barcelona six months ago. Because then we played the league sport at home and drew 1-1 and won 1-0 within the Copa del Rey."

Tuesday 14.44, Paul Bryan at Valdebebas
A year and one week back today, José Mourinho sat down within FC Internazionale Milano's Appiano Gentile coaching complicated and told reporters that his Nerazzurri aspect had a 50% opportunity of reaching the 2010 UEFA Champions League Live last at the cost of then favourites Barcelona. After all that has happened because, one wonders how the Portuguese tactician will weigh up Madrid's chances of ousting the Azulgrana in this season's semi-final. We're about to find out with this particular afternoon's press conference just moments away...

Tuesday 13.45, London
Schalke quartet Raúl González, Kyriakos Papadopoulos, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and José Manuel Jurado will all have to watch their step tonight: they've received two yellow cards during the tournament and another booking would mean suspension for subsequent Wednesday's second leg at Old Trafford. Though 8 United players have been booked within the competitors, none more than as soon as.

Similarly on Wednesday, while Madrid's Sergio Ramos, Cristiano Ronaldo, Raúl Albiol and Ángel Di María are a caution from suspension, and certainly Ricardo Carvalho is banned, no Barcelona player is in this kind of peril.

The complete disciplinary checklist may be observed on web page 38 with the match week stats pack.

Tuesday thirteen.00, Steffen Potter in Gelsenkirchen
Jens Lehmann, now back at Arsenal FC, told German newspaper Bild that there's a means previous United for Schalke. "Even though United may have the much better person gamers, I see a bodily benefit for Schalke. If Raúl, Edu or Farfán can get at their defence, Man U have their weaknesses."

Meanwhile, Süddeutsche Zeitung are examining United's reputation. "Alex Ferguson with his insatiable thirst for success is propelling this machine that continues to be creating results for 25 many years. United do not need an identification, their aspect play flexible football without any ideology, ranging from powerful and dominant to coolly waiting for the proper opportunity ... In England, his team is being underrated regardless of their good results, because they play pragmatic football. "Not a poor aspect, but judged by their very own expectations only typical," stated BBC pundit Alan Hansen. Ferguson will have heard that with pleasure: 1 much more opponent to see off.

Tuesday 12.thirty, London
Speaking of Madrid, when Raúl González was there he proved United's nemesis in the quarter-finals in 1999/2000 and 2002/03. Now he will aim to complete so once more with Schalke.

Tuesday 11.48, Paul Bryan in Madrid
José Mourinho will place his charges via their last workout forward of Wednesday's UEFA Champions League LIVE Clásico in the club's outstanding Valdebebas training complex at fifteen.thirty following the coach - and defender Marcelo - address the media (see 10.02).

Tuesday eleven.22, London
While numerous with the English newspapers do not attempt to hide the reality they think United are powerful favourites in opposition to Schalke, the Every day Telegraph noting that Sir Alex Ferguson "has faith in his squad", exactly the same article goes on to say that "United frequently find German sides forming an insurmountable obstacle around the road through Europe".

Certainly, United's poor record in opposition to Bundesliga opposition in two-legged knockout ties ought to give Ralf Rangnick's males perception - the Red Devils have misplaced two quarter-final ties against FC Bayern München (2000/01, 2009/10) and semi-finals against Borussia Dortmund (1996/97) and Bayer 04 Leverkusen (2001/02).

Tuesday ten.59, Paul Bryan in Madrid
The good news for Barcelona because they prepare to jet towards the Spanish funds on the bright spring morning, is the fact that defenders Carles Puyol and Gabriel Milito will be around the aircraft. The former had been carrying a hamstring problem while the latter looks to have shaken off the calf complaint he picked up in the weekend. Maxwell (groin) hasn't produced the trip, nevertheless, and with Adriano (thigh) and Éric Abidal (liver surgery) also missing out, Josep Guardiola is without a recognised left-back for tomorrow night's encounter.

Tuesday ten.44, Simon Hart in Gelsenkirchen
It's another warm day in Gelsenkirchen exactly where the countdown to tonight's big match is beneath way. In the programme for your game is a light-hearted piece titled 'Football's Coming Home' which pokes fun at some English cultural quirks such as driving around the "wrong" side with the street - "it's a miracle there are not much more road accidents" - and, inevitably, the England national team's previous failures in penalty shoot-outs. "England will be the home of football but they still have not learned to take penalties."

All tongue-in-cheek things, though it had been at the Arena AufSchalke that England endured their final spot-kick defeat in a main tournament, against Portugal at the 2006 FIFA World Cup on an afternoon that Wayne Rooney was sent off. Rooney now returns to the scene of that nightmare but will he, and United, possess the final laugh?

Tuesday 10.33, Madrid
Looking forward to tomorrow's sport, and sports activities daily AS has gathered views from both camps ahead with the opener at the Santiago Bernabéu. Madrid defender Sergio Ramos said his aspect would maintain their current strategy against Barcelona in what he expects to become a tight tie.

"There are not ninety minutes, are 180," said the 25-year-old, whose aspect defeat Barça in the Copa del Rey last last week. "Knowing the opponents as we do, we know we'll need to attempt and do issues like in these final two video games." Meanwhile Blaugrana midfielder Andrés Iniesta highlighted his sole goal: "Scoring isn't important to me; all that matters is getting to Wembley."

Tuesday ten.08, London
United possess the joint-best defensive record in this season's competitors, but the Guardian newspaper is urging the Red Devils to go around the attack in opposition to a Schalke side that has scored 9 much more objectives than them so far. "It might nearly make sense for circumspect United to go in opposition to current type and rush to land the first blow in Gelsenkirchen," it reviews.

Tuesday ten.02, London
Study the ideas of Ralf Rangnick and Sir Alex Ferguson in our preview of tonight's game, while we also have features on two goalkeepers at reverse ends of their careers and who will encounter off tonight, Manuel Neuer and Edwin van der Sar.

Later, we will listen to from José Mourinho and Josep Guardiola ahead of tomorrow's all-Spanish contest. Madrid's press conference begins at 14.45, while Guardiola takes to the floor at twenty.00.

Tuesday ten.00, London
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