CHELSEA (ENG)

UEFA ranking: 13
European Cup best: winners (2012)
Last season: round of 16 (L vs Bayern)

THIS SEASON
Record: W7 D2 L1 F19 A3
Top scorer: Olivier Giroud (6)
Quarter-finals: 2-1 vs Porto
Round of 16: 3-0 vs Atlético
Group E: winners

MISSION UP UNTIL THIS POINT

A practically immaculate gathering stage, established on a strong guard and the record-breaking Edouard Mendy in objective, set Chelsea on their way to the last four. They were only sometimes compromised by the much-vaunted Atlético in the round of 16 and supported that up with a job done the right way against Porto.

CENTRAL PARTICIPANT

Bricklayer Mount at first turned into a normal installation under Frank Lampard, yet the England player’s down has gone up a level since Thomas Tuchel showed up. He opened his UEFA Champions League account in the primary leg against Porto and is contributing bounty all the more other than on the greatest stage.

WHO’S IN CONTROL?

Selected in January, new Blues manager Tuchel controlled Paris to the UEFA Champions League last season, just as consecutive Ligue 1 titles in 2019 and 2020. Prior to moving to France, he had accomplishment in Germany, driving Dortmund to cup magnificence in 2017.

WHY THEY CAN WIN IT

Still beaten just twice since Tuchel assumed responsibility, Chelsea truly is beginning to gel under their German mentor. In the event that the front players can proceed with their advancement of the previous few months, there isn’t anything – and nobody – for Chelsea to fear. They changed director mid-season when they won this prize in 2012 – who’s to say lightning will not strike twice?

SEMI-FINAL LINE-UP

First legs
Real Madrid vs. Chelsea (Tuesday 27 April)
Paris vs. Manchester City (Wednesday 28 April)

Second legs
Manchester City vs. Paris (Tuesday 4 May)
Chelsea vs. Real Madrid (Wednesday 5 May)

MANCHESTER CITY (ENG)

UEFA ranking: 5
European Cup best: semi-finals (2016)
Last season: quarter-finals (L vs. Lyon)

THIS SEASON
Record: W9 D1 L0 F21 A3
Top scorer: Ferran Torres (4)
Quarter-finals: 4-2 vs. Dortmund
Round of 16: 4-0 vs. Monchengladbach
Group C: winners

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MISSION UP UNTIL THIS POINT

The most informing point regarding City’s gathering stage crusade was that it finished with the opposition’s best protective record, with only one objective yielded following Rúben Dias’ appearance to join a revived John Stones in focal guard. Subsequent to winning Group C they posted home and away successes against both Gladbach and Dortmund to arrive at their first semi-last since 2016 still unbeaten.

VITAL PARTICIPANT

The city has a shame of wealth however Kevin De Bruyne remains their maker in-boss. His polish, vision, and perfect passing reach – also his driving runs and breathtaking completing – make him perhaps the most pleasant players to watch in world football. On the off chance that still in question, look at his leave ahead of the pack behind to Foden’s first-leg champ against Dortmund.

WHO’S IN CONTROL?

In 11 seasons as a first-group chief, Josep Guardiola has lifted eight alliance titles; however the remainder of his two administrative UEFA Champions League victors’ awards came in 2011.

WHY THEY CAN WIN IT

Britain’s heroes choose have the piece between their teeth in Europe this season. Their assaulting splendor is for quite some time set up however they’ve added more prominent guarded strength, with just three objectives surrendered in their ten games played up until this point. The mental fillip of beating a quarter-last hoodoo to arrive at just their second semi-last ought to be an additional lift to their self-conviction as well.

PARIS (FRA)

UEFA ranking: 7
European Cup best: runners-up (2020)
Last season: final (L vs Bayern)

THIS SEASON
Record: W6 D1 L3 F20 A10
Top scorers: Kylian Mbappé (8)
Quarter-finals: 3-3 vs Bayern (Paris win on away goals)
Round of 16: 5-2 vs Barcelona
Group H: winners

MISSION UP UNTIL NOW

Consider it a period of limits – hot and cold, highs and lows – however Paris has consistently conveyed when it made a difference. Beaten twice in their initial three games, the French heroes tried harder to win their gathering, changed their mentor, and have increased current standards with dazzling, heartless successes away to Barcelona and Bayern.

CENTRAL MEMBER

A supportive role to Neymar in past crusades, Kylian Mbappé has held onto the spotlight as he keeps on satisfying his latent capacity. The France striker didn’t get off the imprint until Matchday 6, yet from that point forward the objectives have streamed. Three at Barcelona, two in Munich – tie-winning commitments from a player whose speed, force, and completing blow the mind.

WHO’S IN CONTROL?

Mauricio Pochettino finished a 13-month instructing break when he took the Paris gets control over January. The 49-year-old Argentinian arrived at the UEFA Champions League last with Tottenham in 2019 yet withdrew before the end of the schedule year – a similar destiny as happened to past Paris manager Tuchel in 2020.

WHY THEY CAN WIN IT

Any group that can win 4-1 at Barcelona and humble Bayern has the right to be dreaded. Paris sawed through their mental chains last season and their wonderful triumphs in Catalonia and Munich underlined their merciless assaulting strength. With Neymar as orchestrator, Mbappé decimating protections, and Keylor Navas performing heroics at the opposite end, the sky is the limit.

Real Madrid (ESP)

UEFA ranking: 2
European Cup best: winners x13 (1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1966, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018)
Last season: round of 16 (L vs Manchester City)

THIS SEASON
Record: W6 D2 L2 F18 A11
Top scorer: Karim Benzema (5)
Quarter-finals: 3-1 vs Liverpool
Round of 16: 4-1 vs Atalanta
Group B: winners

MISSION UP UNTIL NOW

It might have been a disappointing beginning, yet Madrid has gradually slipped into this present season’s UEFA Champions League and seem to fire up at simply the critical time. Persuading wins against Atalanta and Liverpool mean they appear to be all around set to reach one more last – considering the run they are on, it is courageous to wager against them.

CENTRAL PARTICIPANT

Casemiro is a particularly key gear-tooth in the Madrid motor. While maybe not as actually talented as Toni Kroos, nor as cunning as Luka Modrić, the Brazilian is seemingly the one of the midfield triplets that Madrid dare not be without – as represented by his Player of the Match show at Anfield in the quarter-last second leg. He ensures his back four so skillfully that he likely could be the best part in his situation on the planet.

WHO’S IN CONTROL?

Perhaps the most vaunted players of his age, Zidane’s standing as a mentor was similarly high subsequent to driving Madrid to three progressive UEFA Champions League crowns. He quit in 2018 however returned briefly spell the next year.

WHY THEY CAN WIN IT

This is Real Madrid in the Champions League – that’s all anyone needs to know! They realize how to take care of business in this competition, in any event, when not at their best, and they have an abundance of involvement on and off the pitch. Most of this crew won three out of a column somewhere in the range of 2016 and 2018 and will be eager to recover their crown this time.

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