PREDICTIONS FOR THE UCL FINALS

The Uefa Champions League is coming to a culmination with the decisive return legs of the semi-finals to be concluded on Tuesday and Wednesday. The stakes are enormous and the tension is fever-pitch, the first legs didn’t disappoint with a ton of goals and one of the highest scoring semi-finals seen in recent times. After defeating A.S Roma 5-2 at Anfield, Liverpool have a foot and a half in the finals while Real Madrid also has the advantage in their own tie after defeating Bayern Munich 2-1 away from home. But this the Uefa Champions League and nothing can be taken for granted, especially at this stage of the tournament, so here’s an insight on what to expect from both matches.

Real Madrid Vs Bayern Munich

What is it about Real Madrid and the Champions League, this is definitely more than a match made in heaven. When it comes to this tournament they are unstoppable or rather simply blow teams away and it hasn’t been much different this year. They aren’t having the best of seasons and their position in La Liga is clear evidence of this, but have always stepped up a notch when it comes to the Champions League and Bayern discovered this at their own detriment falling behind in the tie in their backyard last week. On the day, Real was resolute, more focused and capitalized on the few chances they had, it was a typical Madrid performance. Bayern on their part was lively throughout and could argue that injuries to two of their key players at important moments greatly impacted the result of the match or disrupted their game plan, but all is this is inconsequential and only their performance on Tuesday in Madrid will matter.

Bayern is quite confident they can overturn the 2-1 deficit a feat they almost achieved in the same stadium last season before a set of disputable calls swung the match in Madrid’s favor. After suffering injuries in the first leg, Arjen Robben and Jerome Boateng are definitely out of the match, including Kingsley Coman, Arturo Vidal, and Manual Neuer while David Alaba is a major doubt so they are not at full strength but will certainly give all their best with the players available. While for Madrid, Manager Zidane almost has a full squad with only Dani Carvajal definitely ruled out while Isco is a major doubt. Taking all this into consideration, I fancy Real Madrid will be participating in the finals for the fourth time in 5 years. They have a squad which was built for this competition and in Cristiano Ronaldo, they have a player who scores for fun. Bayern will certainly go down with a fight, but I believe the Real Madrid Champions League machine will be too much for them.

A.S Roma Vs Liverpool

From the moment this tie was announced, it was immediately named the ‘’ Mohammed Salah derby’’ and the first leg certainly lived up to the name. Salah will be returning to his former stomping ground, this Wednesday and will no doubt feel the brunt of the fans like never before after the damage he caused in the first leg. After the first 70minutes of the match at Anfield, Liverpool was leading by 5-0, the Roma players looked lost and couldn’t wait for the full-time whistle, but out of the blue Roma suddenly pulled back two goals and once again we have a football match to look forward to and especially after the Roman heroics against Barcelona in the quarterfinals. Can lightning really strike twice, this is the question almost all fans have on their lips at the moment. Roma achieved one of the greatest comebacks in the Champions League in their last home game and simply have to repeat the feat if they are to qualify for their first Champions final since 1984. In the match against Barca, they played with a sense of hope and injustice but in this match, they will be more of an expectation, especially from the fans after what they witnessed in their last home match in this competition. Liverpool on their part, is not taking anything for granted and will take to the pitch like the score of the tie is 0-0, they are the top scorers in this year’s tournament and for them the best form of defense is attack so they will be taking to the field wanting to win the match not protect their lead. This match can also be built as the battle of the best home defense against the best attack with Roma having considered zero goals at home so far. They have almost a complete roaster and are within their rights to believe they can achieve a miracle once again while Liverpool is having something of a mini-midfield crisis with Emre Can, Adam Lalliana and Oxlade Chamberlain all ruled out through the team will definitely cope with their absence. Roma are very solid at home and have already proved they can deliver against all odds but I think this will be a step too far for them, when I look at Liverpool I see only goals and I think they will once again be too hot for the Romans to handle.