The UEFA Champions League semifinals are set for later this month and early subsequent, as Chelsea – Actual Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain -Borussia Dortmund as predicted by everybody.
Okay, most likely not. Reigning champions Bayern Munich and prohibitive favorites Manchester Metropolis have stumbled on the flawed time, tumbling out of the match earlier than the ultimate 4.
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All three of the 4 finalists rank amongst the world’s greatest spenders, let by “new cash” Man Metropolis and PSG.
Actual Madrid, in fact, helped set the usual for audacious switch charges and salaries by way of the Galactico motion and Chelsea splashed a great deal of money this summer season earlier than a training change put them over the hump.
And right here’s a enjoyable truth: All 4 groups have at the least one member of reigning World Cup winners France. Man Metropolis has Benjamin Mendy, Chelsea deploys N’Golo Kante and Olivier Giroud, Actual Madrid boasts Raphael Varane, and PSG employs Presnel Kimpembe and Kylian Mbappe.
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How they acquired right here
Man Metropolis beat Dortmund 2-1 on Wednesday to finish a 4-2 tie.
PSG held Bayern Munich to a single away aim in a 1-0 Tuesday loss, making their 3-2 win in Germany the distinction.
Actual Madrid performed a scoreless second leg with Liverpool on Wednesday, profitable 3-1 over two legs.
Chelsea misplaced 1-0 to Porto within the second leg Tuesday however its 2-0 away win was sufficient to ship the Blues by way of to the semis.
Paris Saint-Germain v Manchester Metropolis
First leg, 3pm ET April 27 — PSG (+220) v Man Metropolis (+120) | Draw (+250)
Second leg, 3pm ET Could 4 — Man Metropolis v PSG
Man Metropolis has solely performed Ligue 1 sides eight occasions, and the final one is definitely protruding in supporters’ recollections, as Metropolis’s unbelievable probability to run to the ultimate by way of single-legged ties final August ended by the hands of Lyon.
As for Man Metropolis’s historical past with PSG, the golf equipment have met thrice and never because the 2015-16 UEFA Champions League quarterfinal when Metropolis superior by way of a 2-2 attract Paris and a 1-0 win at dwelling.
The perimeters additionally drew 0-0 on the Etihad within the 2008 UEFA Cup group stage. Enjoyable little aspect be aware on that sport: Kasper Schmeichel was on the bench for Metropolis, whereas Vincent Kompany began at midfield and Daniel Sturridge at proper wing. On PSG’s aspect? Mamadou Sakho performed left again and Claude Makelele captained the group.
League standing and surrounding fixtures
PSG is three factors behind Lille with only a half-dozen matches left, plus has at the least another French Cup match on its docket.
Man Metropolis might need its league standing on lockdown because the champions-elect, however its quadruple standing means 4 elimination matches together with a last of their subsequent six fixtures.
4/18 v Saint-Etienne (13)
4/21 French Cup quarterfinal v Angers
4/24 at Metz (10)
4/27 UCL v Man Metropolis
5/2 v Lens (5)
5/4 UCL at Man Metropolis
5/9 at Rennes (7)
Saturday – FA Cup semifinal at Chelsea
4/21 at Aston Villa (11)
4/25 League Cup last v Tottenham
4/27 UCL at PSG
5/1 at Crystal Palace (13)
5/4 UCL v PSG
5/8 v Chelsea (5)
Chelsea v Actual Madrid
First leg, 3pm ET April 27 — Actual Madrid (+115) v Chelsea (+235) | Draw (+240)
Second leg, 3pm ET Could 4 — Chelsea v Actual Madrid
It has been a protracted, very long time since we’ve seen Chelsea tangle with Actual Madrid, so there’s nothing to assemble from historical past. The Blues beat Actual within the 1998 UEFA Tremendous Cup and gained and drew towards Madrid within the 1970-71 Cup Winners’ Cup.
So, sure, Actual has by no means overwhelmed Chelsea, which feels wild.
League standing and surrounding fixtures
Actual Madrid is ready within the prime 4 however sits only one level forward of third-place Barcelona and one behind leaders Atletico Madrid, whereas Chelsea has an FA Cup semifinal on Saturday and really unsure prime 4 standing. The Champions League is due to this fact a doubtlessly pivotal lifeline to the 2021-22 UCL.
Saturday – FA Cup semifinal v Man Metropolis
Tuesday v Brighton (15)
4/24 at West Ham (4)
4/27 UCL at Actual Madrid
5/1 v Fulham (18)
5/4 UCL v Actual Madrid
5/8 at Man Metropolis (1)
Sunday at Getafe (15)
4/21 at Cadiz (12)
4/24 v Actual Betis (6)
4/24 UCL v Chelsea
5/1 v Osasuna (14)
5/4 UCL at Chelsea
5/9 v Sevilla (4)
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