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Champions League: Pro Midfielder, Kroos admits Real Madrid not the best team

Real Madrid midfielder, Toni Kroos, has admitted that they were not the best team against Bayern Munich, in the second leg of their semi-final clash on Tuesday night.

Joshua Kimmich put Bayern in front at the Santiago Bernabeu, before Karim Benzema scored a brace. James Rodriguez’s equalizer was not enough to take the Germans through.

Kroos insists they were more effective than the Bundesliga champions.

“Perhaps we weren’t the best team, but we were more effective.

“They produced some great football and created many chances.

“We definitely had more of the ball than last week.

“We are delighted, we knew it wasn’t going to be easy to qualify for the final.

“Here we are again, Bayern played very well in both matches, but Real Madrid are the ones in the final.

“We deserve this, we’ve worked hard all season,” he told reporters after the game,” he said.

Livescore: Latest Champions League semi-final fixtures, results

There are four teams left in this year’s Champions League.

Roma, Real Madrid, Liverpool and Bayern Munich represent four of Europe’s top five leagues.

On Tuesday, Liverpool welcome Roma. The Reds eliminated Manchester City in the previous round, winning home and away. Roma dumped Barcelona out on a stunning night at the Stadio Olimpico.

On Wednesday, Bayern Munich host Real Madrid, in a clash of two heavyweights. Real are seeking to win the title for a third consecutive year, while Jupp Heycknes is targeting his second Treble with the Bundesliga champions.

Tuesday, April 24
FT: Liverpool 5 vs Roma 2

Wednesday, April 25
19:45 Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid

EPL: Veteran Midfielder, Iniesta makes a move from Barcelona

Barcelona midfielder, Andres Iniesta will leave the club at the end of this season, with the Spain international ready to pursue a new challenge elsewhere.

Arsenal have emerged as potential suitors for the veteran midfielder, with Manchester City and clubs from the MLS and China also in the race for his signature.

Spanish newspaper, AS reports that the Gunners feel they can get a deal done if Enrique replaces Wenger in the Emirates dugout.

Enrique managed Iniesta for three years at Barcelona before taking a rest from coaching.

The duo won nine trophies together, with Iniesta’s performances in midfield helping the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez to shine.

The newspaper however stated that Arsenal are not the only club keen on signing the Barcelona star.

EPL: Burnley vs Chelsea: Team news, possible lineups

Antonio Conte’s Chelsea will on Thursday night clash with Burnley in an away Premier League match at Turf Moore.
Conte’s men heads into the clash after coming from 2-0 down to beat Southampton 3-2 on Saturday in the Premier League.
The Blues are currently occupying the fifth position of the Premier League table with 60 points from 33 games.
Apart from midfielder, Danny Drinkwater, defender, David Luiz and Ethan Ampadu, who are to remain sidelined due to injury, Conte has no new injury or suspension concerns ahead of the game at Burnley.
Meanwhile, Sean Dyche’s Burnley heads into the clash on form after beating Leicester City 2-1 on Saturday in the Premier League.
The Blues are currently occupying the fifth position of the Premier League table with 60 points from 33 games.
Apart from midfielder, Danny Drinkwater, defender, David Luiz and Ethan Ampadu, who are to remain sidelined due to injury, Conte has no new injury or suspension concerns ahead of the game at Burnley.
Meanwhile, Sean Dyche’s Burnley heads into the clash on form after beating Leicester City 2-1 on Saturday in the Premier League.
Dyche’s men have won their last five games in a row and are currently occupying the seventh position of the Premier League table with 54 points from 33 games.
Burnley are on course to qualify for next season Europa League if they eventually finish the Premier League season on seventh position or win the FA Cup.
Dyche has no new injury or suspension concerns ahead of this clash.
The Clarets still have a number of injured players on the sidelines but with their recent form Dyche is unlikely to make any major changes.
Burnley potential starting XI: Pope, Lowton, Long, Tarkowski, Ward, Lennon, Cork, Westwood, Berg Gudmundsson, Vokes, Wood
Chelsea potential starting XI: Courtois; Cahill, Christensen, Rudiger; Moses, Fabregas, Kante, Azpilicueta; Willian, Hazard, Giroud
The kick off time for the match is 7:45pm.