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Champions League 2nd Leg Preview || Can Roma and Bayern comeback ?

We are one match away to know who will be in champions league final. This week’s second leg clash starts with Real vs Bayern at Santiago Bernabeu and ends with Roma vs Liverpool at Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich –

Real Madrid have won their away game by 2-1 and that makes them favorites to go in the final  for third consecutive time. Bayern have to score minimum of 2 goals, provided Madrid doesn’t score, but it will be very hard to restrict Real Madrid at home.

Ronaldo has scored heavily in this fixture over the years and will be hoping to get few goals as he missed being on score sheet in the first leg.

Bayern Munich has to put in extra ordinary performance at Bernabeu. Specially Lewandowski needs to be lethal and clinical. James Rodriguez would like to contribute in this cause as we hope.

If Bayern knocks Madrid then it would be an upset for Madrid given that their pedigree in this competition is so high.

My prediction is 3-2 to Real Madrid in the second leg so they are going to Kiev.

Roma vs Liverpool –

Last time these two teams met, they produced 7 goal thriller. I wonder what will happen this time. Roma were given some hope by Lovren in the first leg. 

They need an early goal to make this tie interesting and nervy for Liverpool. Man City got that early goal but Liverpool somehow managed to nullify those threats and came up with an away goal.

We need to look at few things here

  1. Barcelona were not good in first leg also but managed to win, so Roma deserved to win with the way they played both legs.
  2. Man City were unlucky not to get a goal in the second leg, but Liverpool somehow managed to get goals.
  3. Liverpool kept a clean sheet at Home against City so they had that advantage.
  4. If Liverpool seat back then it makes them vulnerable, so it depends on how they approach the game.

So it’s all ifs and buts, but at the end of the day the team who is going to hold their nerve under pressure will get through.

It’s a big night for both clubs as they would not have thought this during the season that they can go in the champions league final.

I hope Liverpool gets 2 goals to proceed further but it’s football and amazing things happen in football.

Let’s enjoy these two clashes and hope we will get to see some exciting football as we saw in the first leg.

 

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Champions League Semi Final Draw Reaction

Great Draw ! that was my reaction as it happened today during champions league draw. Everybody expected Mancity vs Barca but Roma and Liverpool showed that they can beat anyone if they play at the highest level.

Bayern vs Real –

They both met last season in the quarter finals and Real won that battle. Though there were dubious decision made in that tie. Having said all that Real Madrid are still favorites to go in the final as they have got know-how and experienced squad to handle those situations over the last 3-4 years in the champions league.

On the other hand Bayern Munchen are well rested and they also have quality players at their disposal to cause enough damage to Los Blancos in the names of Robben and Ribery. But they were not tested much till now in this year’s campaign and that might hurt them at this stage.

Certainly it’s a tasty tie and players from both teams will be looking to fight it out for that Final’s spot.

Liverpool vs Roma –

Who would have thought that these two teams will meet each other in the semi final. Certainly Mo Salah wouldn’t have thought this. As he meets his former club where he had 2 brilliant seasons.

The way Liverpool are playing in the champions league is amazing and it is very hard to contain their front three. First leg is at Anfield and it will give Liverpool great advantage to get that lead going into the second leg as they did against City. 

But Roma did manage to overturn 3-0 deficit against Barca. So it would be mistake to underestimate Roma at this stage.Both teams have players with lot of character and fans full of passion. It will be one hell of an atmosphere in this clash.

We will talk more about it day before the game as we will be having more information related to their form and players availability.

We will come back with another blog which will be related to weekend premier league matches. Till then enjoy the game.