Daily Digest: Real Madrid and Bayern Munich ready to clash in second leg of Champions League semi-final

Sport360 staff 12:34 01/05/2018
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Good afternoon everyone, it’s Jay Asser here giving you a bitesize look at what’s going on today.

TOP STORY

Zidane

Real Madrid eye spot in Champions League final

It’s matchday, which means we’ll finally learn whether Real Madrid will continue their bid for a third straight Champions League crown, or Bayern Munich will overcome a 2-1 deficit to dethrone the title-holders and reach the final.

There’s plenty on the line for both clubs, but Zinedine Zidane believes his future with Real doesn’t depend on hoisting another Champions League trophy this year, saying: “It’s independent of that.” Read more on Zidane’s future here.

On Bayern’s side, Thomas Muller is urging the referees to not be influenced by the atmosphere at the Bernabeu, where decisions in last season’s Champions League clash saw the German giants fall in controversial fashion. For more on that, head here.

FOOTBALL

While Madrid get focused on the task at hand, their rivals Barcelona were celebrating their La Liga and Copa del Rey double on the streets of Catalonia on Monday. Check out pictures of the parade here.

Speaking of Madrid, Gareth Bale has been linked to their German opponents, with Goal reporting that Bayern are monitoring the winger’s situation with Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery on the back-end of their careers. Read more in our Rumour Mill.

Elsewhere in the Premier League, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is insisting star striker Harry Kane will be fully fit for England’s World Cup campaign, putting his ankle injury in the rear-view mirror.

CRICKET

The Australian ball-tampering scandal isn’t exactly going away as Cricket Australia have appointed an ethics advisor to examine the sport’s culture in the nation.

In the IPL, KM Asif had a debut to remember for Chennai Super Kings as the fast bowler picked up two wickets. Ajit Vijaykumar broke down Asif’s performance in his detailed In Focus.

Read more on Super Kings’ victory over Delhi Daredevils, which saw them clobber 211 runs on the strength of Shane Watson’s 78 and MS Dhoni’s 51.

REGIONAL

Diego Maradona‘s coaching career is taking more twists and turns, with the Argentina icon’s lawyer rejecting an official announcement from Fujairah that stated the football legend would return to the touchline on a one-year deal. Read more about the saga here.

Our AGL reporter Matt Monaghan wrapped up the league in a nice bow by providing his season review, which includes his Team of the Season, Player of the Season, Coach of the Season and more.

FEATURE OF THE DAY

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What better way to get ready for the Real Madrid-Bayern Munich second leg than by diving into the analysis of key match-ups by our man Alex Rea.

Marco Asensio and James Rodriguez are likely to be biggest difference-makers for their respective clubs, while the likes of Lucas Vazquez, Joshua Kimmich, Robert Lewandowski and, of course, Cristiano Ronaldo will surely play a role.

Check out the stats and analysis for yourself.

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IPL: Royal Challengers Bangalore v Mumbai Indians 18:30

Champions League: Real Madrid v Bayern Munich 22:45

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