Jose Mourinho, the Real Madrid coach, is hoping that better fortune in tonight's Champions League semi-final second leg against Bayern Munich, which Real start from 2-1 down. Mourinho yesterday claimed he had been bereft of luck in previous semi-finals, after losing to Liverpool in 2005 and 2007 when at Chelsea and to Barcelona last season – a defeat that he blamed on a Uefa conspiracy.
Mourinho said: "Overall I have not been lucky in semi-finals of the Champions League. I lost one with Chelsea  due to a goal that wasn't a goal, the ball didn't cross the line. Another season  we lost on penalties and when you lose a semi-final on penalties it is due to bad luck and I lost the semi-final last season because of what everyone knows."
Despite the clasico win at the Nou Camp on Saturday night virtually assuring Madrid of their first La Liga title since 2008, speculation continues that Mourinho may quit in the summer. "At the moment my future is not important, but I think I will be here next season," he said. "I have a contract and once we arrive at the end of the season I will have time to speak with the players and the directors and we will decide what is best for me, for the club and for the squad. It is better to stay at a club for four or five years.
The Bayern coach, Jupp Heynckes, is confident his side can book a place in the final, to be held on their ground, the Allianz Arena, on 19 May. "We are capable of scoring at the Bernabeu," Heynckes said. "At the same time, we have shown that we don't concede many but Real have amazing goalscoring potential."