The stage is set for the four best clubs in the world to fight it out for the silverware this year. The clubs are upbeat with their performances and are raring to go to give their best and become the champions. This year’s Champions League again saw the domination of Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona. Along with these two, Atletico Madrid was also one to give a tough fight to their rivals. The league saw the best come in business. So the fight gets tougher now with German Champions Bayern Munich and Italian Serie A winners Juventus also in the mix with Spanish rivals to fight it out for the cup. Excluding Juventus all the other three semi-finalists have topped their groups and have enjoyed a great supremacy over their opponents. The football enthusiasts feel safer to bet on the defending champions Real Madrid or Barcelona to lift the cup this time. Real Madrid would also like to extend their titles to 11, which is the maximum in Champions League’s history.
Real Madrid topped their group easily with 18 points and fans enjoyed the show by their top-3: Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema scoring heavily in all fixtures leading up to the semis. Carlo Ancelotti’s move to play Sergio Ramos as a mid paid off against Atletico Madrid with Real winning the derby 1-0(on aggregate). They were surprised by Juventus at Turin, where Carlos Tevez netted the winner giving Italians a 2-1 lead. Madrid would look to turn around the score at Santiago Bernabeu with a boost of Karim Benzema returning from injury and a precious away goal by Cristiano Ronaldo. Barcelona have been in great form enjoying both League and La Liga success. Lionel Messi along with Neymar and Luis Suarez have been instrumental in club’s success. They eased past Manchester City and Paris Saint Germain to set up a semi-final clash with Bayern Munich, which starts up their home Camp Nou. Bayern Munich having won Bundesliga, are also enjoying their league journey, topping their group and easing past Shakhtar Donetsk and Porto up till semis. With loss of Arjen Robben, Pep Guardiola will look to give a perfect statement to his previous club and maintain their fantastic home record at Allianz Arena, Munich. Juventus having won the first leg against Madrid looks to cook up a surprise away from home. Having defeated Real in 2003 League semis perhaps they would like to take inspirations from heroes and their success in Serie A. The teammates would also look to give a perfect swansong gift to Andrea Pirlo and Gianluigi Buffon.
It seems to be a perfect set up for the gigantic clash of these fierce rivals on football field. The fans will get a perfect dose of brilliant football from coming semi-finals as well as the big Final at Berlin. It would be also closely watched whether Spanish football reigns supreme among others in Europe or the world gets to see a new champion altogether.