With the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League right around the corner, Europe’s best square-off in two epic ties that will decide who will move on to fight for the Champions League Crown. The four teams involved showcase some of the world’s best players.
Spain has a strong showing in this semifinal with two of the four teams coming from their premiere division. Better yet, both teams are based in one of the world’s top soccer powerhouses: Madrid. The team that has been favored to win the tournament from group stage, Real Madrid, will take on their intercity rival, Atletico Madrid. While Real is heavily favored in this match-up, the two teams are known for their top-class duels when playing in the Spanish league. Fighting for both the Champions League and La Liga titles, Real Madrid is led by the player who many consider the greatest footballer to ever grace the game. Cristiano Ronaldo, having just reached 100 all-time goals in UEFA Champions League games, will lead the charge. On the other side of the field, Atletico will be looking to exploit Real’s missing Welsh super star, Gareth Bale, who reinjured his leg in a competition against FC Barcelona last week. Atletico’s lightning-fast Yannick Carrasco and highly skilled Antoine Griezmann will be working hand-in-hand in an effort to upset their rivals, seeking their first ever Champions League title.
The other match-up features AC Monaco FC taking on Italy’s best, Juventus. While Juventus is favored in this competition, Monaco showcases an incredible young talent in Kylian Mbappe. Mbappe has torn up the competition in this year’s tournament, showing he is more than capable of competing at the highest level, even though he is only 18. However, Mbappe and his team will face their tallest order yet. Juventus boasts one of the best defenses in the world, backed by World Cup champion Gigi Buffon. Juve’s defense has only conceded five goals throughout the tournament, and was able to completely shut out their quarterfinals’ foe, and 2015 Champions, FC Barcelona. With such a daunting task ahead, Monaco must play a perfect game to advance to the finals.
So, who will emerge victorious and claim the right to play for the most coveted crown in European football? Only time will tell.
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