The quarter-finals of UCL 2020/2021 are over. Now, it’s time to keep your eyes on the UCL semi finals.
Paris will face Manchester City and Real Madrid will take on Chelsea in this season’s UEFA Champions League semi-finals.
Real Madrid vs Chelsea (Tuesday 27 April)
PSG vs Manchester City (Wednesday 28 April)
Manchester City vs Paris (Tuesday 4 May)
Chelsea vs Real Madrid (Wednesday 5 May)
REAL MADRID (SPAIN)
UEFA ranking: 2
European Cup best: winners x13 (1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1966, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018)
Last season: round of 16 (L vs Manchester City)
Record: W6 D2 L2 F18 A11
Top scorer: Karim Benzema (5)
Quarter-finals: 3-1 vs Liverpool
Round of 16: 4-1 vs Atalanta
Group B: winners
Real Madrid didn’t had the perfect start of season’s UEFA Champions league. But Zinedine Zidane’s side have found their rhythm by the time goes on. However, after two convincing wins against Atlanta and Liverpool, they seem to be the strongest contender to lift up the 14th UCL trophy.
In fact, Real’s performance was phenomenal in all competitions in this year.
Currently, they are on a 19 game unbeaten run in all competitions.
When it’s about the Champions league, they know how to get the job done. Even if they don’t have their main men like Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane available on the pitch.
Actually, the majority of this Real squad won three in a row between 2016 and 2018 under Zinedine Zidane and will be hungry to regain their crown this time.
UEFA ranking: 13
European Cup best: winners (2012)
Last season: round of 16 (L vs Bayern)
Record: W7 D2 L1 F19 A3
Top scorer: Olivier Giroud (6)
Quarter-finals: 2-1 vs Porto
Round of 16: 3-0 vs Atlético
Group E: winners
So far, Chelsea have displayed a compact team performance to reach this season’s UCL semi finals.
Chelsea flawlessly completed their group stage to reach the round of 16, where they beat the strong Atlético side and jump over the Porto hurdle in style in the quarter-finals.
However, the Blues had a hard time in the mid-session while Thomas Tuchel took over the charge from their own boy Frank Lampard. But things went pretty well for them after that with just two defeats overall.
Interestingly, Chelsea have won the 2012 UEFA champions league after having a mid-season manager change. Their German coach Tuchel was on the sideline for PSG in last season’s UCL Finale.
Surely, Chelsea fans have the licence to get over excited over this stats.
MANCHESTER CITY (ENG)
UEFA ranking: 5
European Cup best: semi-finals (2016)
Last season: quarter-finals (L vs Lyon)
Record: W9 D1 L0 F21 A3
Top scorer: Ferran Torres (4)
Quarter-finals: 4-2 vs Dortmund
Round of 16: 4-0 vs Mönchengladbach
Group C: winners
Well, Manchester City is finally in the UCL semi finals after 5 long seasons. No doubt, that’s a huge confidence booster for them.
City’s highlighting part of this season’s UCL campaign was their rock-solid defence. Actually, no one doubt about City Boss Pep Guardiola’s attacking strategy, but his defence was a bit clumsy in the start of this season.
Manchester city is in tremendous form in every specific position of the pitch. England’s champions-elect have the bit between their teeth in Europe this season.
Most importantly, city boss Pep has won 8 league title while managing a first-team in his last 11 season, but his last champions league winners’ medal came in 2011. Surely, he and his disciples have the same appetite to lift season’s trophy.
PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN (FRA)
UEFA ranking: 7
European Cup best: runners-up (2020)
Last season: final (L vs Bayern)
Record: W6 D1 L3 F20 A10
Top scorers: Kylian Mbappé (8)
Quarter-finals: 3-3 vs Bayern (Paris win on away goals)
Round of 16: 5-2 vs Barcelona
Group H: winners
Last season’s runners-up PSG is arguably the strongest contender for this season’s trophy. Honesty, any side that can beat Barcelona by 4-1 and Bayern by 3-2 at their own territory deserves to be feared.
All the PSG’s key men are in terrifying form. They have a fully-fit in form Neymer available as orchestrator and Mbappé devastating opponent’s defences. If they can keep up a solid defence at the back, nothing is impossible for them.
PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino reached the UEFA Champions League final with Tottenham in 2019 but couldn’t finish it of in style. But this time, he has his best chance to make it happen for his side and himself as well.