We are just one step ahead of learning who the two teams fighting for European glory in this years’ final of the UEFA Champions League. Real Madrid is on brink of creating historic achievement and Liverpool will be looking to avoid the scenario which Barcelona suffered from in Rome. Both games proved to have drama and goals in them, but who will be making the trip to Kyiv, it is up to be seen. Bayern, Liverpool, and Roma will be hoping to put an end to Spanish dominance in the tournament – last 4 winners were either Real or Barcelona.
Real Madrid v Bayern Munich (2-1)
Marco Asensio strike in the second half of the first leg in Germany proved to be enough for Real to overcome Bayern team that put up a good performance but missed a lot of chances and now the Spanish giants hold a significant advantage ahead of their return leg. Once again in 12 months, Real Madrid welcome Bayern München for a second leg defending a 2-1 advantage earned in Germany. Bayern’s task will be even harder as there are only two times in the UCL history a team had overhauled a first-leg home defeat. The tie is far from over as Jupp Heynckes and his men will be looking to revenge on last year elimination. The legendary manager won a treble last time around when he was in charge and now has the chance to do it again, as Bayern already sealed the title and will play in the German Cup Final against Frankfurt. Madrid’s win in Munich last season ended Bayern’s UEFA Champions League record of 16 successive home victories. That was the first European game in Munich they failed to win since a 4-0 defeat by the same opponents in their 2013/14 semi-final second leg. Ronaldo played his 151st appearance in the UCL and was rested for the weekend win over CD Leganes and he had scored for 12 consecutive games before drawing a blank in the first leg. David Alaba and Kingsley Coman are in the squad but it’s very unlikely that they both will feature.
Roma v Liverpool (2-5)
In a bid to return to the top of European football, Liverpool will look to finish the tie after having a scare in the latter stages of the first leg. Liverpool was truly on the front foot and was led by their talismanic forward Mohamed Salah and was winning 5-0 before Roma scored 2 late goals. The strikes of Edin Dzeko and Diego Perotti give the Italians a glimmer hope, but they find themselves in a familiar position. Roma made a miraculous come back against Barcelona and will be hoping to repeat the tie against Liverpool. The atmosphere is set to be fantastic once again at Olimpico and a possible early goal will surely add tension to the match. Liverpool has the history to look back to, as they won one of their European Cups during the 80’s at the same stadium against Roma. Now the likes of Salah, Firmino, and Mane will be looking to add to the glorious history of the Merseyside club as they bid to play on their first UCL final since 2007. Jurgen Klopp already sealed Champions League place for next year but will take nothing for granted as the Reds are in pole position to qualify for the final showdown in Ukraine. Knowing that Liverpool posses too much pace in attack, maybe a single goal will be enough for them to progress and it’s to be seen whether Daniele De Rossi and his teammates can replicate the magnificent performance from the Quarterfinals.
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