Liverpool’s Cinderella story in the UEFA Champions League may continue as they dare to dream against giant killers, AS Roma. Both teams were underdogs in their quarterfinal fixtures but proved bookmakers wrong with solid displays to boot out Manchester City and Barcelona.
Liverpool hammered Man City in the first leg 3-0 before a disciplined second leg tie ensured they emerged victorious again. Roma defied the oddest situations to set up an interesting Champions league fixture against Liverpool after overturning a 3-goal deficit to send Barça out of Europe’s premier cup competition. The Giallorossi have a chance to create history despite their shaky form in the league.
Real Madrid might have pointed to some suspect officiating and a never-say-die spirit as keg elements in their narrow usurping of Juventus but in Bayern Munich lies another stern test from a seasoned European competitor. Bayern, who have had a change in fortunes since the return of managerial legend, Jupp Heynckes will have to raise their game after a drab goalless draw against Sevilla at the Allianz Arena.
In the Europa League, Arsenal’s credentials will be put through an acid test against Athletico Madrid who haven’t been convincing all season. Arsene Wenger’s men defied a scary CSKA team to pull out a 2-2 draw in Moscow after going two goals behind. The Gunners stand a chance of playing in their first European finals since 2006, and must be at their imperial best to overcome a highly technical Athletico Madrid.
Red Bull Salzburg will hope to reignite their luck against Olympique Marseille who have a chance to play in their first European finals since 2004.