The UEFA Champions league and Europa league semi-finals feature this week. A blockbuster of Europe’s best are set to meet to cement their place in the finals. Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid will host the Champions league final.
The Champions league semifinals involve Tottenham Hotspur playing a high-flying dutch side Ajax at Tottenham Hotspur stadium tonight. A well rested Ajax side play after the The Eredivisie canceled a whole game week to accommodate the teams Champions league game, certainly a step forward for dutch football.
Heung-min Son will be unable to feature due to a ban. He will be a huge miss after dumping Manchester City out courtesy of his away goals. Jan Vertoghen, Toby Aldeweireld and Eriksen will look to face their boyhood club in tonight’s clash. Ajax full squad will be available. Spurs may look to defend and attack on the counter with no reliable attackers available.
Liverpool travel to the Nou Camp on Wednesday as this fixture will prove entertaining. Jurgen Klopp insists that they are not scared of Barcelona and may look to attack on foreign land. The duo of former Liverpool players; Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho may look to haunt their former team tomorrow night.
Liverpool’s attacking trio will look to press early and get the crucial away goal(s). The elephant in the room; Lionel Messi returns to England to decimate another English side. The 31-year old is on a stupendous form in front of goal being Europe’s and Champions league top scorer. A mammoth of a clash brews here.
The UEFA Europa league features on Thursday night football. Arsenal host Valencia as Chelsea travel to Germany to face Eintracht Frankfurt. Winners progress to the finals in Baku, Azerbaijan. With the English teams recent poor domestic form, a trophy here may be an alternative route to Europe’s elite competition.
The four English teams fighting for the Champions League spots domestically are proving a concern with all having a poor form. Who actually wants 4th place?