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Expect the unexpected in the Champions League

Mv Saurav
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741   //    14 Apr 2018, 19:14 IST

With Roma knocking Barcelona out of the competition with an incredible comeback in their own patch and Juventus very nearly doing the same in the Bernabeu, fans in the football world are still shaken from the events of the past week. If there's one thing that people love, it is unpredictability. 


UEFA Champions League & UEFA Cup Draw
UEFA Champions League & UEFA Cup Draw

Bayern and Liverpool qualified with relative ease in their ties, as fans geared up for a lip-smacking semifinal draw, and they were not disappointed. 

Here's something to look out for in these 2 incredible match-ups.

Would Neuer's return boost Bayern?

With an amazing season underway, the already crowned German league winners do not have much to complain about. But the absence of Manuel Neuer is indeed something they have had to sweat about. Out with an injury for months, he has just returned to training, and it remains to be seen whether he faces Ronaldo's shots or not. The last time Neuer protected Bayen's goal against The Whites, he made an incredible 10 saves, frustrating the defending champions.

With James playing for Bayern on loan, the Colombian would be the player to look out for as he has been one of the most important components Bayern's success over this calendar year.


Real Madrid CF v FC Bayern Muenchen - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: Second Leg
Real Madrid CF v FC Bayern Muenchen - UEFA Champions League Quarter Final: Second Leg

With Real having successfully knocked Bayern Munich out of the Champions league a number of times in the knockout stages, the defending champions are seemingly the favourites to win the cup for the third year running. With Ramos returning to the starting lineup following his suspension against Juventus, Zidane again has his full complement of players to choose from

Ronaldo's fantastic form is something to be feared as Madrid's talisman now has scored in a record 11 consecutive Champions League games. Now viewed as the matchup of the season, only time will tell which one of these giants would make it to the finals.


Roma have to tame the beast they created.

After successive failures to reach the semis for many years, Liverpool defeated their league's table toppers in both the legs to ensure a spot in the semis. Now considered to have one of the most frightening trios in the world, Liverpool would look to break every time they get the ball. 

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Roma's main goal would be to make sure Salah isn't given much space, seeing how he is easily the best player for the English Reds. However, considering the form he is in now, it wouldn't come off as much of a surprise if he scores against his former team. 


AS Roma v Liverpool FC
AS Roma v Liverpool FC

Facing a questionable Liverpool defence, Roma would look to dink the ball in through De Rossi as he did against Barcelona. Also, a battle between the 2 midfields is definitely on the cards as a fiery Roma side would definitely rile up the likes of Chamberlain. Roma, definitely the underdogs in the last 4, would play with instilled confidence after they proved their worth in the quarterfinals. However, would they be able to take down Liverpool who look to win a European cup after so many years?

Neither of the teams are going in as favourites as fans are gearing up for what could be one of the most thrilling encounters of this 2017-18 season.



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