And then there were four: Chelsea, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Barcelona. Four really powerful teams – any one of which is more than capable of winning the tournament.
Tonight, José “The Special One” Mourinho’s Real Madrid side face Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena. Despite the Germans’ goalless draw against Mainz at the weekend, striker Mario Gomez said that Real Madrid “shouldn’t get too complacent. Everything changes for this one. The stadium will burn on Tuesday.” And in typical fashion, The Special One’s response was “I am sure UEFA will have extra firemen at the ready”. Funny.
On the pitch, the two sides will go all out blazing at one another. Both sides typically play a 4-2-3-1 formation and Bayern’s Mario Gomez, Franck Ribery, Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben will go head to head with Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Angel Di Maria and German international Mesut Ozil. Interesting tie indeed.
My prediciton: home win.
Stamford Bridge is the venue for the other semi final where Chelsea play holders Barcelona. Everyone associated with the London side will know that over both legs, Chelsea will have to be really on top of their game. Andrés Iniesta left Chelsea heartbroken three years ago when his stoppage-time strike earned Barca a 1-1 draw in London and saw the Catalan side progress through to the Champions League final instead of the Blues on away goals. Chelsea will now be seeking revenge over Pep Guardiola’s men. This tie will prove to be an extremely tough test for both sides. Can Barcelona break London hearts again? Or can Di Matteo’s men get their much-sought-after revenge?
My prediciton: away win.
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