The current football season is set for an exciting climax as the remaining teams are set to duke it out in the semis of both the Champions League and the Europa League.
In the UCL draw, Bayern Munich is set to face off against Barcelona in the first semis match. The match is expected to be interesting, as current Bayern manager Pep Guardiola will be facing against his former team for the first time after transferring to the Bavarians in 2013.Guardiola was instrumental for the Barcas amassing two European Cup titles and 14 trophies during his four seasons with the team.
For Barcelona, this also comes off as a great opportunity, as they are coming from a great season, with their latest victory being against Paris Saint Germain in the quarterfinals.
In the second semis matchup, defending champion Real Madrid is set to duel with Juventus. Much like Guardiola, Real’s Carlo Ancelotti has also headed Juventus, but in a much earlier period in his career. On the other hand, the Juves gets closer to yet another title shot more than a decade after they ended as runners-up in 2003.
The first leg of the semis will be played on May 5-6 while the second leg is set to be held on the 12th and 13th.
Moving to the Europa League, Sevilla isd set to play against Florentina in the first set of semifinals matches. The Sevillistas are the current titleholders and are looking to get back to back ttrophies like day did in the 2006 and 2007 seasons. For Florentina, this is their biggest shot in the Europa title in almost 25 years.
Napoli is also seeking to regain their former glory as they face off against Dnipro in the second Europa semis match. The team was the winners of the 1989 UEFA Cup before it was renamed into the Europa League.
The first leg of the matches will be played on May 7 while the return matches would be on the 14th. The winner of the Europa League also gets a slot in the group stage of next season’s Champions League.