This year, the wonderful Champions League's final four are a truly ambitious and dexterous quadruple. Each individual team brings a distinctive element to the semi-finals making it quite the challenge to predict the eventual victors.
Barcelona, Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich will be playing their hearts out very soon in order to achieve the ultimate prize. Who do you think will win?
Barcelona are currently considered the best team in the world. Their superior techniques and excellent team communication allows them to play right through many of the world's best teams. Obviously, the exquisite Lionel Messi is expected to lead his team to European glory. However, due to a small injury in the first leg of the quarter-finals against Paris Saint-Germain, he might need his team-mates to assist him.
Not that that's a bad thing. Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Cesc Fabregas are all absolutely phenomenal players who often have the spotlight taken away because of Messi.
Although Barcelona are clearly capable of playing their own spectacular game when it matters the most, will their leader be 100 per cent fit? Let's hope he will be for their sake. As brilliant as the other Barcelona players are, Messi does make a significant difference.
Real Madrid, Barcelona's biggest rivals; Messi versus Ronaldo; Casillas versus Valdes. This monumental rivalry of two of the worlds greatest teams could potentially be this year's Champions League final.
Currently, Barcelona are flying away with the Spanish league title, but the last time these serious competitors played, Real Madrid were victorious. Considering the La Liga statistics, it would make perfect sense for Real Madrid to prioritise the Champions League.
Players such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Mesut Ozil and others all have the ability to turn a game on it's head regardless of who the opponent is. Real Madrid were heartbroken last season when losing in the semi-final and they will work their hardest to stop that from happening again. In their history, Real Madrid have won the Champions League a record nine times. I'm sure Ronaldo could get his team to double digits.
Borussia Dortmund are definitely the surprise act. A young and talented team prepared to fight for a place in the final. This semi-final will be played against the dangerous Real Madrid, but in a magical and unpredictable competition like the Champions League, anything is possible.
Dortmund have only won one of their six competitive encounters with the Spanish giants but are proudly unbeaten in their last three. This dramatic fixture has already taken place twice this year in the Champions League group stage.
Borussia Dortmund currently hold a better record in the competition. Not only did they avoid defeat from Real Madrid, but they have remained unbeaten through out the whole competition. Although their record is truly impressive, they are facing one of the most threatening teams in the world in one of the most important matches of the season. It will be quite the fixture. Definitely one to watch.
Last but definitely not least is the preeminent German side Bayern Munich. Bayern had the worst of experiences last year, losing the final at home in a penalty shoot-out. The vast majority of their lethal squad took part in the final against Chelsea, and will no doubt work their hardest to achieve what they came so close to achieving last year.
The deadly attack of Bayern Munich is one Barcelona should definitely be nervous about. The slick footwork and pace of Arjen Robben, the consistent and top-notch finishing of Mario Gomez and the all-round force, skill and threat of German genius Bastian Schweinsteiger.
These three plus many others are definitely capable of causing an upset at the Nou Camp. The German champions, Borussia Dortmund are combining with Bayern to represent the pure prowess that German teams possess. Although Bayern might have drawn the most difficult semi-final possible, Barcelona could be in for a shock.
This clash of giants from two of Europe's top footballing countries could be quite a memorable end to what has been a sensational and thrilling Champions League year.
All four teams will be extremely committed to the potential success, and the next few weeks will reveal which of these remarkable squads is Europe's most masterly and dangerous squad.
Will Robert Lewandowski save the day for Dortmund? Will Gomez win it for Munich? Will Ronaldo do it again for Madrid, or will Messi show why he is the best in the world. We will see…
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