The Champions League semi final draw will take place Friday morning at 6 am EST. Here’s a look at the three possible outcomes, in order of my most preferred to least preferred:
Real Madrid – Borussia Dortmund
Bayern Munich – FC Barcelona
At long last, a big time Champions League match up between Bayern and Barcelona. The best team of the last 5 years (and maybe ever) versus the best looking team this season. In the other pairing, a rematch of the two who topped the Group of Death. I’d prefer Madrid to avoid Bayern and Barça completely, so at least one would be eliminated here.
Real Madrid – FC Barcelona
Bayern Munich – Borussia Dortmund
Two more Clásicos, and Dortmund gets a chance to finally beat Bayern this season. This also guarantees a Spain vs. Germany final, which would be fitting after this year’s Champions League, and the state of world football in general over the past 6 years. Losing another semi final to Barcelona would be crushing, however, and certainly spell the end of Mourinho in Madrid.
Real Madrid – Bayern Munich
FC Barcelona – Borussia Dortmund
The least preferred, obviously, given how unstoppable Bayern have looked all season long. Madrid will need to be at their very best to win this one. Barça – Dortmund, though, would be a very entertaining tie. Both teams can score in bunches, and Dortmund will be perfectly content to sit back, let Barcelona play tika-taka, and hit hard on the break.
All three possibilities would be great match ups; delightfully entertaining to a neutral observer, and nail-biting encounters for the fans of all four clubs. These teams are all incredibly talented and worthy of a berth in the last four. Unless UEFA has already chosen their ideal outcome (wouldn’t surprise too many, I’m sure), it will all be determined on Friday morning.