Like everything else, all good things must come to an end.
But before we even begin thinking about what a great Champions League season it has been and next month’s finals match in Lisbon, let’s talk about the final four teams in the Champions League and the first leg matches of semi-finals!
Beginning with Chelsea vs. Atletico de Madrid, both teams have been outstanding this season though one has been a bit more consistent. Nevertheless, this match seemed pretty even from the players to the coaches and could go either way.
However, both teams are at different stages. Atletico de Madrid is still leading the Spanish league and, provided things continue as they are, will claim the Spanish League title for the first time since 1996!
Chelsea, on the other hand, currently sits in second place in the Barclays Premier League, trailing Liverpool by five points. The Blues can decrease the difference this Sunday when they face off against Liverpool.
Atletico, well-rested from a decent break, encountered a Chelsea squad ill-tempered and reeling from its loss to Sunderland, which put the Blues in their five-point hole behind Liverpool. Like many expected, the game was pretty balanced, but with a few exceptions.
Chelsea played primarily a defensive game while Atletico attacked regularly, attempting to create scoring chances. Both sides balanced each other so perfectly that neither team scored in either half, ending in a 0-0 draw. Atletico was superior in possession, but neither team did much damage.
The draw doesn’t really give an advantage to either team, and the winner of this match and one of the finalists will be decided April 30th at the Stamford Bridge. But Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea was struck once again by injuries to valuable key players – his goalie Peter Cech dislocated his shoulder and John Terry suffered a foot injury, and both players will miss the rest of the season.
With so much at stake, both teams will give it their all in the second leg. Chelsea may have the slight advantage playing at home, but the ticket to the final is up for grabs and the only thing standing between that is a 90+ minute match.
The day after, a real clash of giants occurred between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich!
The match that perhaps most viewers were looking forward to as both teams are having spectacular seasons with some of the best players in the world who excel at counterattacking. Munich represents the third German team standing in the way of Madrid’s quest to reach Lisbon.
Real Madrid came in well-rested and winners of the King’s Cup. Also, Madrid’s star player, Cristiano Ronaldo returned after being absent since the first-leg of the quarterfinals against Borussia Dortmund.
In the end, it turned out Madrid’s Karim Benzema would score the only goal in this match in the 19th minute!
Despite maintaining possession most of the game, Munich’s attempts weren’t clear enough and were unable to threaten Madrid’s defense, which proved able to calm the wrath of Munich. With the win, Madrid proved it wants its 10th Champions League cup and will do what they can to get to the final!
This was also the first loss for coach Pep Guardiola at the Bernabeu, but Munich will have homefield advantage in the second leg.
The second leg will take place at the Allianz Arena in Germany. Although Real Madrid has a slight advantage, it will need to maintain its momentum to punch a ticket to the final. One thing is for sure, this will be a great match regardless and only one will be superior.
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