I’ll get my coat: Mario Balotelli in conversation with AC Milan coach Clarence Seedorf after the striker was substituted in AC Milan’s defeat against Roma
Tito Vilanova and Pep Guardiola together at Barcelona

Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich team to honour Tito Vilanova during Bundesliga match

Bayern will wear black armbands against Werder Bremen on Saturday

Tito Vilanova passed away aged just 45

Former Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova loses battle with cancer at age of 45

Vilanova led the Catalan club for a season after the departure of Pep Guardiola

Tito Vilanova

Tito Vilanova dies: Former Barcelona manager loses battle with throat cancer

The 45-year-old led the Catalan club for a season after the departure of Pep Guardiola

Ryan Giggs speaks to the press after being put in charge following the dismissal of David Moyes

Ryan Giggs targets Europa League finish for Manchester United

Welshman takes temporary charge at Old Trafford for the remainder of the season

Benfica's Brazilian forward Rodrigo Lima (L) vies with Juventus' midfielder Andrea Pirlo

Europa League: Benfica and Sevilla hold advantage after semi-final first-legs

Juventus and Valencia have the work to do in the second legs

Though Platini promised “significant sanctions”, there will be more carrot than stick from Uefa

Manchester City will avoid Champions League ban, even if they fail Uefa FFP regulations

Although Michel Platini has promised 'significant sanctions', he has also said no club will be excluded from next season's Champions League or the Europa League tournaments

Benfica's Brazilian forward Rodrigo Lima (L) vies with Juventus' midfielder Andrea Pirlo
Pep Guardiola shouts out orders to Arjen Robben during Wednesday’s defeat

Pep Guardiola: Pressure builds as Bayern Munich legends respond to Real Madrid defeat in Champions League

Beckenbauer claims they were lucky to only lose 1-0 in Spain while Rummenigge wants response

Gary Lineker, the former England striker and Match of the Day presenter, has offered a financial reward on twitter to anyone who can track down his mother's stolen Vauxhall Corsa

Gary Lineker promises to have his ears pinned back if Real Madrid beat Bayern Munich 1-0...which they did

Lineker admits his ears have got him in trouble although he may have found a way to get out of this one

Karim Benzema celebrates scoring the opening goal

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Bayern Munich lost and Atletico failed to score despite seeing much more of the ball in this week's semi-finals

Bayern Munich midfielder Arjen Robben admitted he 'expected more' from Real Madrid in their 1-0 Champions League semi-final defeat

Real Madrid 1 Bayern Munich 0: Arjen Robben admits he 'expected more' from Real and was surprised by their defensive tactics

Robben thought his former side would come out all guns blazing but instead they sat back and hit Bayern on the counter-attack to lead going into the second leg

Christiano Ronaldo comes off to be replaced by Gareth Bale

Real Madrid 1 Bayern Munich 0: Cristiano Ronaldo promises to be in 'perfect' shape for Champions League semi-final second leg

Ronaldo missed a goalscoring chance in the first half and was replaced by Gareth Bale midway through the second in his first match in three weeks

Pep Guardiola looks on from the touchline with Real manager Carlo Ancelotti in the distance

Real Madrid 1 Bayern Munich 0: Arjen Robben remains optimistic over Bayern's chances after 'great' first-leg performance

Bayern has 72 per cent of the possession yet succumbed to a 1-0 defeat in Madrid that leaves them on the cusp of Champions League elimination

Pep Guardiola looks on from the touchline with Real manager Carlo Ancelotti in the distance

Real Madrid 1 Bayern Munich 0: Pep Guardiola insists he is 'proud' for dominating possession even though Bayern trail in Champions League semi-final

Guardiola's side had 72 per cent of the possession yet lost the first leg in Madrid due to an early Karim Benzema strike

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