CHAMPIONS LEAUGE:SEMI FINAL SHOWDOWN
good morning to you all my amazing community members
i know we all are happy to have champions league football back on our screens . as this is one of the most tricky, interesting and entertaining stages of the competition its going to be a massive battle for a place in the semi final of the competition over a two legged tie as there are no small teams in this stage though some teams are being seen aa favourites over the others,but this is the champions league and over the years we've seen favourites being knocked out of the competition by teams who were underrated andbthisbare the things that make the competition more intriguing
benfica who are occupying third(3) position in the primeira liga and are winners of the uefa champions league formerly known as european cup twice(2) takes on liverpool who are second (2) in the English premier league and have won the competition six times(6) a record by an English team,in the estàdio do sport lisboa e benfica.
benfica progressed to the quarter final after eliminating ajax 3:2 on aggregate and liverpool qualified after winning intermilan 2:1 on aggregate.
meanwhile Manchester city who are occupying first (1) position in the English premier league will be hosting atheletico de madrid who are third (3) in the la liga santander standings
sadly both teams have never won the uefa champions league though both teams have come so close to winning it.
atheletico madrid almost did when they played real madrid in 2014 leading 1:0 from the first half through diego godin only for the goal to be cancled in the 93rd minute by Sergio ramos therefore taking the match into extratime and eventually real Madrid won the game 4:1 handing a huge blow to diego simeone's men
while mancity recently lost the final by a 1:0 margin in the hands of chealsea
mancity qualifed for this round after winning
sporting Lisbon 5:0 on aggregate while athletico madrid advance after eliminating manchester united by 2:1 on aggregate
LIVERPOOL RECENT FORM
liverpool have won ten (10) consecutive premier league games and have only lost ones in the champions league this season after loosing 1:0 to intermilan in the round of 16 they will be heading into this game with a high level of confidence and are surely the favourites in this tie .
BENFICA RECENT FORM
benfica on the other side have have won 6 of thier last 10 leauge games drawing two(2) and loosing (2) also thier champions league runs have not been smooth but they have managed to scale through which tells alot about this team they are full of surprises and can pull a trick anyday liverpool should have it in mind that they are in for a proper battle .
MANCITY RECENT FORM
Manchester city habe won seven (7)of thier last ten (10) league games drawing two(2) and losing (1) thier champions league record is impressive as well as they have won five (5) of their champions league matches this season losing (2) and drawing (1) in the process and are still one of the strong contenders of the competition.
ATLETICO MADRID RECENT FORM
athletico Madrid who are known for knocking out English teams out of the competition are in a good run of form having lost only twice (2) in thier last ten leauge games wining (8) in the process thier champions league record this season has not been that impressive winning three (3) loosing(3) and drawing (2) but the least i would expect from manchester city is underrating this athletico Madrid side as it will be at thier own risk.
tomorrow fixtures promises to be exciting as well with current champions chelsea who are looking to defend thier crown hosting realmadrid at Stamford bridge and Villarreal who surprisingly eliminated Juventus to progress to this round welcomes bayern munich who have been in superb form in the champions league this season winning (7)of thier champions league fixtures this season and drawing (1)they are favourites to win this tie but take nothing away from Villarreal who will be looking to cause an upset as they did against Juventus it wont be an easy task
but surprises happens in football
and for this reasons we all love the BEAUTIFUL GAME.