It’s the business end of the UEFA Champions League and there are some big games coming up. When the quarter-finaldraw was made, two fixtures were touted by many as the potential ties of the tournament i.e. the Juventus vs Real Madrid match and the Manchester City vs Liverpool match.
However, after the first legs of each tie, it became clear that there was going to be only one winner as both Liverpool and Real Madrid took comfortable 3 nil leads from the first leg ties. With the semi-final draw coming up soon after the second leg matches, all eyes are anticipating the potential semi-final draws.
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Semi-final 1 (Real Madrid vs Liverpool)
Both Liverpool and Real Madrid carry 3 nil leads into their second leg ties with Manchester City and Juventus respectively. While their opponents are expected to provide a stern test, the result is in no doubt secure with both teams set to qualify forthe semi-final stages of this season’s Champions League.
There is no guarantee that these teams will meet in the semi-finals but if it so happens (as per our prediction) then it’s going to be a mouth-watering fixture. Both teams are good going forward with Liverpool having one of England’s most prolific forward (29 English Premiership goals in 31 matches) while Real Madrid has their in-form talisman, Cristiano Ronaldo, who has the most European goals so far this season.
The contest will be a tie determined by the best attack of the day and Real Madrid is expected to just edge Liverpool and advance to this season’s UEFA Champions League final for the third time in a row.
Semi-final 2 (Barcelona vs Bayern Munich)
Both teams carry leads going into the second legs of their quarter-final ties but it is Barcelona which is much more confident at this stage of advancing to the semi-final stage as it has a comfortable lead. Bayern Munich, on the other hand, won the first leg by a slight margin of 2 goals to 1 but with the second leg at the Allianz Arena, the aggregate result is certain to be in Bayern Munich’s favour.
What this means is that both Barcelona and Bayern Munich are expected to progress to the semi-finals. Expecting both, Barcelona and Bayern Munich to face each other in the Champions League semi-finals, Barcelona is likely to advance to this season’s UEFA Champions League final to face Real Madrid in an all-Spain affair.
The reason why Barcelona is likely to advance in place of Bayern Munich is that it has a more potent attacking force than that of Bayern Munich. Lionel Messi is in top form while the likes of Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho are chipping in with important goals.
The same cannot be said of Bayern Munich which has been relying on the goals from Robert Lewandoski for much of the season.
Potential 2017/18 UEFA Champions League Final: Real Madrid vs Barcelona.