Atletico Madrid host Bayern Munich at Vicente Calderon in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals.
Madrid side managed to proceed to the semifinals mostly thanks to their strong willpower and incredible vigor. In the first play-off round they played PSV. There were no goals scored, so they had to decide the winner on penalty.
In the quarterfinal they faced one of the main favorites of the competition, Barcelona. And only few expected Simeone’s men to advance to the next round. The first leg was at Camp Nou. Fernando Torres manage to net a goal in the first half. However, Felix Brych had to show him second yellow card after foul on Sergio Busquets. This way the visitors had only one aim, to prevent Barca from scoring. But they failed as Suarez made a brace. In the second leg Atletico was more successful, as they won due to two goals of Griezmann.
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Bayern also had challenges on their way to the semifinal. In the round of 16 they clashed with Juventus. Bayern even could be eliminated in the second leg, but they pulled themselves together and won the match in the extra time.
After that Guardiola’s side played Benfica. The first game was at Allianz Arena, where Benfica managed to lose only by one goal which was scored by Arturo Vidal on 5’. In the second leg, Bayern managed to tie their opponents and proceeded further.
Remarkably, the two sides have never faced each other in many years, even in friendlies.
No doubt it will be a spectacular battle between two top-sides. Simeone’s men have already proven their high level. On top of that they will be playing at home. The hosts have unbreakable defense that’s why we expect them to at least record a draw today.
Prediction: Atletico Madrid to win with +0.5 Asian handicap.