Real Madrid v Bayern Munich
Champions League ties could never be much attractive than this confrontation between two of the most successful sides of the competition. A total of 14 wins between this two, Real have nine successes and Bayern five times.
Bernabeu on April 23.
Real Madrid is something like no other—even Barcelona is not comparable to them. Madrid scored 107 goals in La Liga which is totally devastating. Now they are up to “La Decima” for the tenth title.
Former champions Bayern Munich are trying to become the first to successfully perpetuate the trophy since Milan in 1990. Their breathtaking form in this season can easily forbid betting against them.
There are many subplots which can be considered for this match. Jupp Heynckes is returning to the club who have won the UCL with Real in 1998. But unfortunately he was sacked for finishing fourth in the league. Perhaps he is the only manager in history who was sacked after winning a CL.
Madrid are still vulnerable at the back though they have immense attacking talent. But with devastating forward options available to Bayern it is comfortably predictable that the clash is going for a high-scoring affair.
Last time these two sides came to meet in 2007 in the Round of 16. That result(tie) is probably one of the fondest memories of Champions League.
I believe either way that Madrid will have much enough power, regulation and togetherness for Bayern and I would expect them to proceed to another final while forbidding their opponent to retain the trophy in the Champions League era in Lisbon on May 24.
First leg: Real Madrid 3-1 Bayern Munich
Second leg: Bayern Munich 1-1 Real Madrid
Aggregate: Bayern Munich 2-4 Real Madrid
Atletico Madrid v Chelsea
The only one of the four semi-finalists to never to have lifted the European Cup is Atletico Madrid. But this season their stunning form in quarter-final victory over Barcelona suggests that they are going to break that duck.
Currently they are on top of La Liga with only six games to go and are unbeaten at home this season. So Chelsea’s stuttering forwards will have their work tough over the two legs.
Chelsea’s record at Stamford Bridge is also ideal with 15 wins and just 2 draws in 17 league games. But away from home they have struggled a bit with five defeats and four draws.
When Jose Mourinho was the manager of Real Madrid he won three of the four games against Atletico Madrid. This statistics can give the Portuguese a slight psychological comfort for the upcoming event.
But this current Atletico team is a much stronger than the one Mourinho once faced. The confidence they have attained throughout this season’s Champions League and rising top of La Liga.
Other than Atletico to storm out of the blocks, just as they did against Barcelona in the preious match, it is going to be tougher for Simeone to give his side a first leg advantage. On the other hand Chelsea can anticipate the early storm and keep their combatant within reach.
Only thing Atletico can hope to have their top scorer Diego Costa (hamstring) and midfielder Arda Turan (groin) back from injury for the April 22 match. While Chelsea also can hope to get rid of the doubt for Eden Hazard.
First leg: Atletico Madrid 1-1 Chelsea
Second leg: Chelsea 2-1Atletico Madrid
Aggregate: Atletico Madrid 2-3 Chelsea