Miércoles, 17 Octubre, 2018

Quarterfinals, Leg 2 — Champions League Reactions

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Montrelle Montesinos | 15 Abril, 2018, 01:12

The worry for Madrid is their defense.

On Thursday, well before the Champions League draw took place, AS Roma offered up tickets for the club's Champions League match against Liverpool for sale on its website. Liverpool and Roma met for the first time in the UEFA Champions League the following year, 2001/02 season. The final will be held in Ukraine on May 26. We respect them of course, like we did Barcelona and Shakhtar, but we'll have our chances. The four remaining teams harbor legitimate aspirations of winning the whole trophy, so let's see who's in the best position. The match ended in a 0-0 draw. Brazil's number one was back-up to Wojciech Szczesny last season but has emerged as one of Serie A's best, a true sweeper-keeper mopping up problems behind his defence and launching attacks with his feet, not to mention leaving more than one attacker sprawling in the dirt with a feint or dummy.

"Football is about speed, running, crossing and shooting and not endless dribbles, even if the Spaniards have changed the way they play their football now". Daniele De Rossi controlled the midfield, and Edin Džeko caused problems for Barcelona's defense, but at the end of the day, Roma simply worked harder. Although they seemed to have gotten a little help from the referee to some against Juventus, Madrid was the more dominant side in the quarterfinals. When you get down to these three or four teams you have to eliminate as many mistakes as you possibly can, because those kind of teams are going to take advantage of it.

They can also rely on an excellent goalkeeper in Alisson. Businessmen John Henry and Tom Werner, the two most recognisable members in charge of FSG, are prominent figures in professional American sports, having already ventured into the industry with several sizable investments.

Madrid were hardly convincing in the second leg against Juventus but Cristiano Ronaldo is unstoppable in this competition and I expect him to make the difference.

Whoever emerges from the clash of the Spanish and German giants will still be favourites, but that won't rattle the Reds who won't be such massive underdogs as they were in Istanbul 13 years ago. Collectively, there is plenty of tradition embedded into the fibers of each ground, making the two just a few of the world's most hallowed museums of sport today, along with the Stadio Olimpico which is a colosseum in its own.

The Champions League gods have smiled on the Scousers.

Who'll emerge victorious? Who'll book a spot in the final of the Champions League at Kiev?

Fresh from their Uefa Europa League exit to Red Bull Salzburg, Simone Inzaghi's men will be eager to bounce back from the setback with a victory against their fierece rivals.