Just Manchester City, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, and Bayern Munich remain in what has been an exciting season in the Champions League. Each side will have merit to think they can win it all, as City have progressed further than expected, Bayern dodged a tricky fixture against Italian giants Juventus, and Atletico defied the odds to eliminate Barcelona. Of course Real Madrid expects to win anything and everything, and who wouldn't if you have the competitions leading scorer, Cristiano Ronaldo, in your ranks.
Let's take a quick look at the Semi-Final first leg fixtures:
Tue 26th April - Manchester City v Real Madrid
Wed 27th April - Atletico Madrid v Bayern Munich
Our first match of the semi-final is a monumental clash between Manchester's "noisy neighbors" and the galactic powerhouse that is Real Madrid. Surely even Manchester City themselves can be surprised that they have made it this far, a final four placement is nothing to scoff at. However City will need to create quite a raucous if they hope to take any positive result back to Madrid for the second leg. Team news indicate that Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo have been nursing some niggling injuries, but both should play a part in the first leg. City on the other hand, are boosted by the return of Vincent Kompany and Raheem Sterling from injury. The goal for this match is simple, stop Real Madrid at all costs, but easier said than done. City will have their work cut out for them and should entertain us with a high energy, thrilling tie.
Our second match pits title chasing Atletico against the German powerhouse Bayern Munich. Pep could feel a bit disappointed by being denied the opportunity to face his old club, but should be delighted that Bayern avoided Real Madrid in the semi-finals. Atletico shouldn't be taken lightly however. The Madrid based club eliminated cup holders Barca in a thrilling quarter-final contest and will be full of confidence heading into their clash against Pep and Bayern. The German club is no push over themselves, having dominated the Bundesliga in the time before and currently with the former Barca manager at the helm. Atletico will need to be careful of the quick counter-attacking ability that Bayern posses.
It is all to play for in the Champions League this season, let's chat!