Tuesday and Wednesday’s second leg UEFA Champions League semi-finals will see the four remaining European clubs clashing to decide the final pair who will face off in Berlin to determine the continent’s club champion.
The semi-finals involve matches between Barcelona and Bayern Munich on Tuesday, before Real Madrid and Juventus face off on Wednesday.
Barcelona defeated Bayern Munich 3-0 in the first leg of the Champions League semi-final at the Camp Nou last week, setting up a difficult second leg for the Germans, who will have it all to do at home against the Catalans on Tuesday.
Lionel Messi was at the centre of the victory, scoring two superb goals and setting up a final strike for Brazilian team-mate Neymar to secure a comfortable win in front of their fans, and he will be a focal point of the match this week. His form has been incredible, and the Germans know that they will need to keep him quiet if they are to have any chance of overturning the advantage.
Bayern have a great task to attempt in this match, but it would seem that Barca are the team destined to reach the UEFA Champions League final in Berlin at the beginning of June, with a three-goal cushion and the ability to keep possession for long periods of the match to frustrate their opponents.
Juventus defeated Real Madrid 2-1 in the Champions League semi-final first leg at the Juventus Stadium last week, giving them a slender one-goal advantage going into Wednesday’s second leg encounter at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The Bianconeri continued their unbeaten run at home in European competition this season, and the Italian champions are looking good to progress to the final and spoil predictions of an all Spanish title match.
Goals from Alvaro Morata and Carlos Tevez for the Turin club and a consolation from Cristiano Ronaldo set up an interesting second encounter with nothing yet set in stone.
The match will likely be an open affair with home advantage destined to play a major factor for the Spanish side. But the Italian side will travel to Madrid with defensive discipline as the core of their strategy, looking to frustrate Ronaldo and his team-mates with defensive solidity and counter-attacking football.
The final in Berlin on June 6 awaits.