Early this morning, Real Madrid and Villarreal have entered the semi-finals of the Champions League for the 2021-2022 season. So which clubs are their opponents?
Man City’s 1-0 victory in the first leg made the second leg very unpredictable even though Atletico Madrid played that match extremely negatively when mainly defending without a single decent attack. Kevin de Bruyne’s only goal came as an inevitable but unfortunately for Man City when they did not score any more goals.
Therefore, the difference of 1-0 is too small, enough for the home team Atletico to turn the situation around without the need for two words “spectacular”. The problem of coach Simeone’s army at the moment is the performance of the stars who helped the team win the La Liga championship last season. The Suarez, Joao Felix, Griezmann Both are excellent players but not in good form. It was this army that lost to a stalemate 0-1 on Mallorca’s field last weekend, making them not have the best preparation for the match to welcome the Premier League champions tomorrow morning.
Sterling was locked up in the first leg
In the opposite direction, Man City had a very good performance in the previous 2-2 draw Liverpool last weekend. That result has not given Man City a full advantage in the race to win the Premier League, but at least coach Guardiola can be satisfied with his students, especially Kevin de Bruyne, a very good player at Etihad. It was Kevin who scored the only goal in the first leg, so the presence of the Belgian international has a certain influence on the whole team.
Atletico Madrid this season plays more offensively, so the defense is not as strong as in previous seasons. Compensating defense is an unfamiliar tactic of coach Simeone, so he has not yet perfected his apparatus. Therefore, this will be a very interesting and thrilling match that will most likely not have an all-Spanish match in the semi-finals.
In the remaining game at the same time, Liverpool will continue Benfica but in their hands they have half of the ticket to the semi-finals thanks to a 3-1 victory in the first leg at the opponent’s field.
It is a necessary victory for coach Klopp’s army because they do not have to put much effort into this second leg to prepare for the tense schedule ahead when they meet Man City in turn (FA Cup semi-final); then MU, Everton, Tottenham (England Premier League).
Liverpool have a comfortable 3-1 win in the first leg
In the history of confrontation, Benfica has only won 1 goal against Liverpool, which is very high, so the fact that they conceded 2 goals and kept a clean sheet is too difficult a task, not to mention that Liverpool only conceded 2. goal only once in 20 matches played (draw with Man City 2-2).
At this point, maybe coach Klopp is thinking about the next opponent, Villarreal, the team that has eliminated them all Bayern Munich to wait for them in the semi-finals.