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Barça build-up

Rolling news on the eve of the big game

With a healthy 4-0 lead from the first leg, Bayern are looking to seal their place in the Champions League final in Wednesday’s semi-final return away to Barcelona. On the eve of the big game, there’s non-stop pre-match activity at the Catalans’ Camp Nou stadium, their training facility, and in and around the city of Barcelona. provides regular updates across the day in the build-up to the prestige showdown.

+++ 6.33 pm: Jupp Heynckes is addressing his men. On the touchlines, board director for sport Matthias Sammer is busy with interviews. See you tomorrow for the big match!

+++ 6.08 pm: Taste that atmosphere! Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger and company have stepped out onto the sacred turf at Camp Nou for their final pre-match training session. All the players who made the trip have taken to the pitch, with the exception of Holger Badstuber. The players appear extremely focused, as their every move is tracked by a large number of camera teams. After the first 15 minutes of the session, all media representatives must leave the stadium, and the stars have the run of Camp Nou to themselves for the next hour.

+++ 5:30 pm: Barcelona's final training session got underway some 15 minutes ago at Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, the club’s training facility. All the stars are present, including Sergio Busquets, who is carrying a minor knock.