For the first time in the history of the biggest UEFA clubs competition, no english, spanish or italian team achieves this competition semi finals. Bayern Munich and PSG arrive as favourites, but Lyon and RB Leipzig already won the respect of world football and keep their dream of reaching an unprecedented final having at their favor the lack of pressure.
THE PANDEMIC INFLUENCE ON THE OUTCOME OF THIS CHAMPIONS
The 2019/20 edition of the UEFA Champions League will be forever marked in football history and sports in general by the singularity and unprecedented caracter of a season strongly influenced by this new coronavirus pandemic.
There were many voices referring that the world will not be the same after the situation that we are currently facing…and football knows it well.
In order to be possible to adjust the resume of the millionaire competition and an adequate scheduling of the next season (the 2020/21 Champions League qualifiers are almost starting…), UEFA determined that from the quarter finals on, playoffs should be played on a single match, on the final 8 that Lisbon is hosting this month of august.
This different and unique format of the competition has allowed teams like RB Leipzig and Olympique Lyonnais to directly benefit from the situation.
On a two leg playoff the outcome could be a lot different as it would be less likely that Atlético Madrid and Manchester City would repeat the same strategy mistakes that both have comitted on their quarter finals tie.
Someone who already shown a lot of enthusiasm regarding this new format and even reinforced the desire that UEFA should maintain it in the next years is Juninho Pernambucano, the former brazilian international who is currently Lyon’s sporting director.
“UEFA is always looking for something to help weaker teams and this way make the Champions League an even better competition. They have found a solution. We could get on with the Champions League with 64 teams and from the last 16 on we would have a single match.
This would give all teams an opportunity to win. On a one match only preparation is different and offers an advantage to the smaller side.”, he pointed out.
PSG CLOSER TO THE DREAM
Since some seasons now that the french capital club is strongly investing to be happy on the biggest club competition of world football.
After constant failures in the Champions League, the parisians are very close to reach the final that they pursuit the most.
The presence of the Thomas Tuchel side in these semi finals already equaled Paris Saint-Germain’s best performance ever in the “Champions” (their last presence in this competition phase goes way back to 1994/95), after three consecutive years falling out on the last 16.
The epic turnaround achieved in Estádio da Luz against Atalanta may have animically reinforced in a big way the PSG team, that should count with Kylian Mbappé closer to his best physical levels in order to attack this semi final.
Julian Nagelsmann Leipzig is having an amazing run but do not seem to have the collective consistency needed to surprise once again, this time against a PSG side that should be over watchful after the exhibition that the germans were able to perform against Atlético Madrid, and not forgetting that in the last 16 they dropped out with ease José Mourinho’s Tottenham.
PSG’s productivity in quarter finals also was not at his best in most of the time and the tendency is for Tuchel’s side to improve as this is one golden opportunity to make history and dispute a trophy so desired and dreamed in Paris.
BAYERN SAW HIS FAVOURITISM REINFORCED
With Barcelona and Manchester City both falling in the Champions League quarter finals, Bayern Munich is now the big favourite to lift the “big eared” in Lisbon’s final scheduled to august 23rd.
After an absolute incredible season at internal level winning the Bundesliga and the DFB Pokal, not forgetting the big “upgrade” that Bayern’s football experienced since the arrive of Hans-Dieter Flick to command the team, the presence in the final and the Champions League triumph are the biggest goals for the bavarians.
Well aware of the fact that Bayern banalized Barcelona in a historical way on the last playoff round, will be the odds movement regarding the most likely to win this 19/20 edition of the Champions League.
The semi finals start next tuesday and 1xbet concedes a lot of favouritism to parisians and bavarians in order to reach the final.
RB Leipzig to qualify against PSG guarantees a return of 2.60 for each euro invested, while Neymar and company have the qualifying quote fixed in 1.36.
In the second semi final, Bayern has a high favouritism (1.06) against a Lyon side (5.60) free of pressure and looking to extend the dream they are still living.