Champions League: Atlético Madrid – Bayern Munich 27.04.2016

Atlético Madrid – Bayern Munich

 

 

Champions League: Atlético Madrid – Bayern Munich

On Wednesday, football fans are up for another attractive and tight battle as two of the most European in-form sides Atlético Madrid and Bayern Munich will cross their swords in the first leg of their Champions League semi final series. After Barcelona were eliminated from the competition, Bayern are the biggest favourites to win the trophy but it was Atlético who actually knocked out the Catalans in the quarter final. Encouraged by this impressive achievement, the Madrid outfit are now looking to beat another football giant. Kicking off at 8:45 PM (CET), the clash Atlético Madrid vs. Bayern Munich will be played at the Vicente Calderone Stadium in Madrid.

 

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bonus code: ChampionsLeague

 

Atlético Madrid

Atlético have been enjoying another great season this year. In the domestic competition, Simeone´s men are currently placed second, level on points with the La Liga leaders Barcelona and their Champions League campaign has been just as successful. In the round of 16, Atlético had unexpectedly hard times making it past PSV Eindhoven (who they only eliminated after penalties) but they saved the superb performance for their quarter final matches against FC Barcelona. After losing 1:2 to the Catalans in the first leg, Madrid gave a stunning display in the home rematch, beating Barca 2:0 and securing their spot in the last four. In the next stage of the tournament, the Atléti will take on the Bavarian giants Bayern Munich who might actually be even tougher opponents than Barcelona were. While the Catalans heavily rely on their attacking trio Messi – Neymar – Suárez (who were well below their best in the quarter final replay), Bayern combine a larger number of world-class players into a more structured and balanced approach, which makes them an exceptionally competitive and versatile side that is very hard to beat.

 

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Bayern Munich

Dominating the highest German league again, Bayern are looking to claim the treble this year (domestic title, German Cup trophy and the European Cup). As expected, Bayern topped their group, having won 5 out of their 6 games, securing their spot in the play-offs for the 8th time in row. In the round of 16, the Germans were pitted against Juventus Torino who are also an elite European side but with respect to the stunning Bayern´s form, the Italians were regarded the underdogs in the tie. After claiming a promising 2:2 away draw in the first leg, Munich were supposed to seal their advancement with a home victory in the rematch but it was the Italians who took an early 2:0 lead in the replay. However, Bayern staged an epic comeback, completing the glorious turnaround in the extra time after goals by Alcantara and Coman. In the quarter final, the Germans were pitted against Benfica Lisbon who also gave a better and more courageous performance than Bayern thought they would but Munich still managed to make it past them (3:2 on aggregate). Their next rivals, Atlético, are even more tenacious and aggressive side (especially on their soil), and if Bayern don’t give their best performance in the duel, they might well get beaten by the Spaniards.

 

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bonus code: ChampionsLeague

 

Summary

On Wednesday, the old Vicente Calderon Stadium in Madrid will be the site of a hotly-anticipated fixture as it will host the battle between Atlético and Bayern Munich. Encouraged by their morale-boosting quarter final triumph over Barcelona and their current five-game winning streak, Atlético are determined to win the opener. On the other hand, Bayern can also boast an impressive record – the Germans have been unbeaten in their last 11 matches. Obviously, one of these two admirable series will soon come to an end. To find out which one, we will have to wait until Wednesday night.

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