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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.

podolski-inter-newHas another player ever followed the heights of winning the World Cup in a summer with as disappointing season as Lukas Podolski has had.

Unwanted in Milan, Podolski has confirmed he intends to return to Arsenal in the summer to fight for his first team spot, after a rather miserable spell on loan at Inter Milan.

Podolski burnt a few bridges on his way out of the Emirates in January, but the 290year-old has been a flop in Italy, and will now have to return to Arsene Wenger cap in hand.

According to the Daily Star, Manchester United have agreed a €34 million (£25m) deal for PSV playmaker Memphis Depay.

Depay has scored 20 goals in the Eredivisie this season, more than any other player, and he has also created 54 chances. His superb form has helped PSV to win the title for the first time since 2008 with three games still to play.

Depay is the Eredivisie’s top scorer

The 21-year-old has attracted attention from a number of Europe’s big clubs, but United have always be favored to sign the Dutch international, who was part of Louis van Gaal’s World Cup squad last summer where he scored two goals and registered one assist during 177 minutes of action in Brazil.

The data experts at whoscored.com have put together their Major League Soccer Team of the Week for week six of the season.

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The New York Red Bulls had three players in the best XI, defenders Matt Miazga and Kemar Lawrence as well as midfielder Felipe. Also breaking into the team was New England Revolution star Jermaine Jones, but Jones made the team of the week as a central defender and not in hits typical midfield role.

The player of the week award should go to Seattle Sounders midfielder Lamar Neagle, who scored two goals in the aSounders 3-1 at Colorado.

Taxi For Brendan Rodgers?

Rodgers-TaxiLiverpool fans around the world were stunned with their clubs performance at Wembley on Sunday. The five time European Champions were outplayed and outcoached by Tim Sherwood. And that is a statement that you don’t read too often!

Reds fans took to Twitter after the game to express their frustration at Brendan Rodgers, who is the first Liverpool manager in over 50 year to not win a trophy in his first three years.

Here are some of their sentiments:
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