The Champions League draw took place on Friday. The fans of the four teams waited anxiously to see who their team will be playing in the final four of Europe’s most prestigious tournament. After the shocking results of the quarterfinals stage, fans understand that there are no easy teams left in the tournament. The result of the draw were that Liverpool will play Roma and Real Madrid will face off Bayern Munich.
The bigger of the two ties is Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich. The two teams will face off again, only a year after they played against each other in the Champions League quarterfinals. Real Madrid came out on top last season and the Bavarians will surely be looking to take revenge on Los Blancos in this years semifinals.
It is hard to say who is the favorite of this tie. Both teams have been in phenomenal form in 2018. Bayern Munich have looked unbeatable since Jupp Heynckes has taken over as manager. They have already won the Bundesliga title and the Champions League is surely their main priority now. They have a world class squad that allows them to have at least two top-quality players on the bench every game. Many people describe Bayern Munich as being a well-oiled machine and that comparison is very accurate.
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Real Madrid have also looked sensational in 2018. After a rough start to the season, Los Merengues have started to look like themselves again. They are a team with proven winners who know what it takes to get the job done in big matches. They have had to face two tough teams in PSG and Juventus in the knockout stages and have gotten past both of them. Bayern Munich will also be a difficult obstacle for them to face, but Real Madrid has proven that difficult obstacles can be dealt with.
If there has to be a favorite chosen between the two sides for the tie, it would have to be Real Madrid. They have the best big game player in the world in Cristiano Ronaldo and will be playing the second game at home. That is always an advantage for a team, since they will know what they need to do to move on to the next round after the first game’s result. The defending European champions will also have their fans behind them during the second game. This is a massive plus, but nothing can be guaranteed after last week’s loss to Juventus at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Bayern Munich have more to prove then Real Madrid in this tie. Real Madrid have won the trophy three times in four years and Bayern have not made it to the final since 2013. If Bayern want to call themselves Europe’s best, they must beat the two-time defending champions. It will be no easy feat for Die Roten, but they do look incredible under Jupp Heynckes. Osram managed to lead them to the treble in 2013, so why can he not do it this season before he steps down as manager of Bayern Munich?