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CAarlo-Ancelotti-NewReal Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti believes his side have a better chance of retaining their Champions League trophy than beating Barcelona to the Spanish La Liga title.

Earlier today, Barcelona opened up a five-point lead over Real Madrid on the league table with their 2-0 derby win over Espanyol.

With six games remaining, Madrid are faced with the task of overturning that five-point league deficit while navigating tricky fixtures against Celta Vigo (away), Sevilla (away) and Valencia (home) over the next two weeks.

Sandwiched between the Sevilla and Valencia matches will be their two-legged Champions League semi-final against Italian champions, Juventus, who Ancelotti who coached Juventus between 1999 and 2001.

Chelsea Put £200m Price Tag On Eden Hazard

eden-hazard2Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has told Real Madrid that if they want Blues star Eden Hazard, he will cost them a world record £200 millon.

Hazard is set to be named PFA Player of the Year on Sunday night, and Madrid have already started their patented tapping up process through the media,. Last week Zinedine Zidane has talking about the best players in the world and he brought up the Chelsea star:

“I enjoy everything he does on the pitch. I like the way he carries himself, that decisive streak in him and the fact that he’s improving every year. He can still get better too, and I think he’s a big reason why Chelsea are on top of the table.”

AC Milan Report Record 91 Million Euro Loss

am-milan-ultrasAC Milan have reported a loss of €91.28 million for 2014, the highest in the history of the soccer club. What has to worry Milan fans is that the continuing to widen significantly.

In 2012 the club lost €6.86 million. In 2013 that loss had grown to €15.7 million and then rocketed to €91.28 million as the performance on the pitch match the financial results off it. Over the last ten years (2005-2014), AC Milan has accumulated net losses of €361 million – posting a profit only one year, in 2006 (€2.48 million).

DDG2Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says the the club have offered David de Gea “a lot of money” in a bid to keep the goalkeeper at Old Trafford. De Gea is in the running to win the PFA Player of the Year award following a string of fine performances for United.

In January Van Gaal said he expected the 24-year-old to extend his contract, which expires in June 2016, but three months on, there are no signs of progress. That is not due to a lack of willing on United’s part. They have offered the Spaniard a bumper new deal as they are desperate for him to stay, Van Gaal has revealed.

Holders Sevilla will take on Fiorentina for a place in this season’s UEFA Europa League final. Sevilla are bidding to become the first team to lift the trophy four times. They are currently alongside Juventus, Inter Milan and Liverpool on three.

Fiorentina overcame Tottenham, Roma and Dynamo Kiev en route to the last four and have home advantage for the second leg.

The other tie sees Rafael Benitez’s Napoli take on Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk of Ukraine for a place in the Warsaw final, which takes place on 27 May. This will be Dnipro’s first UEFA competition semi-final: they lost two previous European Cup quarter-finals.

Pep Guardiola will come face-to face with his former club when Bayern Munich meet Barcelona in the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League, while holders Real Madrid face Juventus.

To lead Bayern to the final in Berlin, Guardiola will have to overcome the club he achieved so much with as a player and manager. Guardiola’s four-season spell at the Barça helm yielded 14 trophies, including two triumphs in the Champions League – something he will now look to deny them.

Bayern will have home advantage for the second leg of the semi-final, with the winner taking on Serie A giants Juventus or holders Real Madrid in the final.

Rodgers-Boss-BannerIt looks like Fenway Sports Group have decided on their manager for next season, as the Belfast Telegraph is reporting that Brendan Rodgers has been given a transfer budget of £45 million.

Despite a poor season, which will probably see Liverpool miss out on Champions League football again, and with Rafa Benitez and Jurgen Klopp waiting in the wings, FSG are keeping their faith with Rodgers, by offering him a strong starting point to rebuild the first team at Anfield.

The £45 million is a net number, and considering the expected exodus of players from Anfield this summer, Rodgers could have as much as £65-70 million to spend.

Champions League trophyUEFA has changed how it will seed teams for next season’s Champions League and that is bad news for Arsenal. Currently, top-seeded teams are the eight highest-ranked in a five-year results cycle in UEFA competitions.

Under the new rules, the top seeds will go to national league winners plus this years Champions League winner.

Based on current standings Arsenal, Atletico Madrid and Porto would drop from being a top seed, into pot two.

Champions League trophyThe Champions League semi-final draw on Friday will comprise of European footballing royalty as Juventus, Real Madrid, Barcelona and Bayern Munch have a combined 20 European Cup wins and 33 final appearances between them.

Barcelona and Bayern both progressed comfortably on Tuesday, but for Wednesday’s qualifiers things were far less clear-cut. Madrid looked set to be taken to extra time by Atlético Madrid, until loan striker Javier Hernández struck late to earn the holders a first victory against their city rivals in eight meetings in all competitions this season. The Bianconeri also went through 1-0 on aggregate, against Monaco, drawing 0-0 in their second leg having edged last week’s opening instalment in Turin.

Mourinho-ChelseaChelsea are two wins away from winning the Premier League title, but that is not enough for Blues assistant manager Steve Holland, who claims the champions-elect are not getting the praise and respect they deserve.

“They haven’t had the credit they deserve as a group nationally this season in my opinion,” he told Chelsea TV, “We are in the middle of April and have lost just two matches in the Premier League. This League is tough. You’ve just seen what Leicester have done by getting three wins in a row.