Champions League Semi Final Guide
Europe's elite club competition is down to the last four teams, and we've got two intriguing semi final matchups.
Only four teams remain in this season’s Champions League, and after a dramatic quarter final stage, all four clubs are a genuine chance to win Europe’s most elite club competition.
With the exception of Bayern Munich vs Sevilla, the quarter finals were filled with so many twists and turns, along with a large dose of drama, even by Champions League standards. But regardless of who you support, it’s time to move on and get set for the business end of the season, as we eagerly await to find out who will be crowned the kings of Europe for 2017/2018.
Liverpool vs Roma
A rematch of the 1984 final (won by Liverpool on penalties), this is a fascinating and unlikely tie, as both clubs were not given much of a chance against their quarter final opponents, particularly Roma. The Italians somehow managed to turn around a 4-1 first leg defeat in Barcelona to stun Lionel Messi’s side with an empathic 3-0 triumph at home. Many expected Roma to not even get out of their first-round group (with Chelsea and Atletico Madrid the favourites to go through), let alone make it to the semi final stage.
Roma have never won this tournament, while Liverpool are aiming for their sixth Champions League title. There’s something special about European nights at Anfield, as the vocal home crowd provides a hostile environment for any opposing team, giving the Reds a major advantage. This match-up also sees Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah - one of the most in-form forwards in the world with 39 goals this season - face his former club.
Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid
Although it won’t get as much attention as the Liverpool vs Roma tie, this is genuine heavyweight clash between two of Europe’s most historic clubs. 12 time champions Real Madrid are aiming to win the Champions League for the third consecutive season, and with Ronaldo leading the way once again, the Spanish giants will be confident of getting past Bayern.
The German side are five time European champions, and constantly feature at the pointy end of the Champions League every season. They are currently 20 points clear at top of their domestic league, but European soccer is a whole different ballgame, and their lack of competitive opponents in Germany might hinder them when they come up against Ronaldo and co.
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