Barcelona, Real Madrid, Man United, Schalke – Who’s going to win it?

As always only one team can win the Champions League - it's a tough drawWith potentially the three best teams in the world all in the semi-finals of the Champions League, deciphering who exactly is going to win at the Wembley final on the 28th of May is going to be a hard task. Barcelona, as expected, would be the clear favourites to win the trophy. With a solid defence, alongside the arguably best passing duo in the game, Xavi and Iniesta, and one of the most prolific scorers to have ever graced football, you wouldn’t mind betting they’ll go all the way. There have however been several surprises in this years Champions League campaign, so you never know what could happen.

Barcelona and Real Madrid make up one of the two semi final matches, and is definitely the harder to read ahead of the matches. The two teams, currently placed 1st and 2nd in La Liga respectively, have been fierce opponents for many years now, so viewers will undoubtedly be in for another ‘Classico’. Ronaldo and Messi have both been firing on all cylinders lately with their highly impressive goal ratios, and will both look to lead their sides to victory. Barcelona have often come out on top in their vicious battles, with a 5-0 victory the more prominent at the beginning of the season, but that doesn’t mean to say a victory for the Catalionians is set in stone. Real Madrid is a top quality side, so they will undoubtedly give Barcelona a good run for their money. I do personally feel however that Barcelona will be victorious. You just can’t see them losing can you?

The other half of the semi final however is less dubious. Favourites to win the Premier League, and in a good run of form, Manchester United should almost certainly run out comfortable winners. However, dismissing Schalke completely is very foolish. Reminding ourselves that they beat the current European champions 7-3 on aggregate proves they could really be serious contenders. Beating Inter Milan 5-2 at the San Siro is a massive achievement in itself, even for someone like Barcelona, let alone a team currently mid table in the Bundesliga. Once again though, you can’t realistically see Manchester United losing considering their latest performances in the Champions League.

So, odds are, it’ll be a Barcelona and Manchester United final, a match any passionate football fan would love to see. Like most Englishmen, I think Manchester United winning the Champions League at Wembley would be excellent considering its home soil. But you know for a fact Barcelona have the ability to prevent that from happening. I feel that, if these two teams do reach the final, it will be more a matter of their strikers performing as opposed to their defences. Messi often struggles to score in Europe, unlike in La Liga, while Rooney and Berbatov are often hot and cold for United. Overall, it will be mightily tight, but purely based on the fact they’re potentially the best footballing side in history, Barcelona look to be favourites. It would be nice to see someone else being victorious however, so let’s hope I’m proven wrong aye?

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