Champions League semi-finals 2020-2021
With the Euros upcoming, this current season will end early in the year. Therefore, we’re already heading towards the Champions League semi-finals. Something that can go both ways for English teams. Both semi-finals have an English team playing in there. Today we start the semis with the battle between Chelsea and Real Madrid. Tomorrow it’s the big battle between Manchester City and PSG. Is this season going to be another special one for English football with an all English final? Is there only going to be just one English team in the final or none at all? We will know it next week Wednesday. In this article we’re briefly looking ahead to the first two semi-final matches.
Real Madrid versus Chelsea
Chelsea looks to be the team in form between these two teams. Real Madrid did win El Classico earlier this month but drew two out of three La Liga matches ever since. The title race in La Liga is a very exciting one with Atletico Madrid on 73 points, Real Madrid and Barcelona on 71 and Sevilla on 70 points. Barcelona has a spare match on Thursday to take the lead in La Liga. This title race means Real Madrid is really focused on two fronts at the moment. Chelsea won against West Ham United in a direct battle for the 4th place in the Premier League. They’ve got a three points gap to fifth place now. The arrival of Thomas Tüchel really changed Chelsea’s fortune. The German manager got his team to the semi-final of the Champions League, back into the Premier League top 4 and also to the FA Cup final. The football they play isn’t very exciting, but it’s very effective. We believe Chelsea can get a result in Madrid, which they will need to beat Real Madrid over two matches.
Paris Saint-Germain versus Manchester City
This is probably the match where all the neutral football fans are waiting for. Two of the best teams this season facing each other in the Champions League semi-final. It will be very interesting to see how Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino start this match. It will probably another match where Man City will dominate possession, but they need to be very carefull since PSG is on its best when they can counterattack with the speed of Kylian MBappe and Neymar. Is Guardiola going to risk getting countered, or will he change their style of play to annoy Paris Saint-Germain? This is going to very interesting to watch. It will be very hard for Man City to get through to the Champions League final.