The top European competition is in its final stages now and today we’ll discover who will be in Madrid’s final on the 1st of June.

Here’s a brief overview on the two semi-final return leg matches.

 

Liverpool vs Barcelona

Date: Tuesday 7th May 2019
Time: 21:00 CET
Venue: Anfield

The Catalan side are undoubtedly the biggest favourites to win the Champions League this season, now more than ever with the comfortable advantage over Liverpool going into the second leg match at Anfield.

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(Sky Sports)

The La Liga title has been secured a few weeks ago and therefore Ernesto Valverde had the opportunity to rest some of his biggest stars in the team including Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

On a domestic level, Valverde has won a remarkable 70 matches out of the 74 league games he was in charge of the Blaugrana. Two of those losses came after the title was already won.

Liverpool, on the other hand, are still in an open battle with Manchester City over the Premier League title and therefore cannot afford the luxury of too many rotations in their squad. The won an important match against Newcastle on Saturday thanks to a late goal from Divock Origi.

Mohamed Salah is still unsure on his place against the Spanish champions on Tuesday after he was substituted with a head injury against the Magpies.

Messi scored a brace and former Reds forward Suarez got on the scoresheet as well in the first leg to significantly narrow down the hopes of reaching the final for Jurgen Klopp and his side.

Liverpool will need to have a perfect performance tomorrow and an early goal would help them bring up their believe in completing a difficult yet spectacular comeback against the Spanish giants.

 

Ajax vs Tottenham

Date: Wednesday 8th May 2019
Time: 21:00 CET
Venue: Johan Cruijff Arena

Ajax continued to impress against Tottenham in the first leg match last week after securing a 1-0 win at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and going into the return match with an away goal in their favour. The goal was scored by young midfielder Donny van de Beek.

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Van de Beek scored the only goal during the Champions League semifinal (Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP)

This year, they already eliminated two European heavyweights Real Madrid and Juventus following some significant performances, especially when they played away from the Johan Cruijff Arena.

The Dutch side know that Tottenham will have to play all-out in attack and that will allow them to hit on the counter-attack opportunities.

Spurs, from their end, have had a very poor away form in their last 10 matches and if that persists on Wednesday, then their chances of going through would get even slimmer.

Domestically Ajax are still tied with PSV at the top and were able to rotate their squad over the weekend when they won the KNVB Cup against Willem II with an emphatic 4-0 win.

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