Champions League Semi-Final Preview: Barcelona vs Liverpool
Barcelona and Liverpool meet at Camp Nou for the first leg of their Champions League semifinal clash on May 1. Both squads were barely tested by their respective opponents in the quarterfinal round, but they can’t expect things to be that easy in the next round, considering the overall quality of each side, which Nitrogen Sports Blog will further discuss in this UEFA semifinal matchup preview.
Barca vs Liverpool: UCL semi finals 2019
Barcelona eased past Manchester United without breaking a sweat. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were beaten 4-0 on aggregate, with Lionel Messi at his masterful best in the second leg.
Barcelona were never threatened seriously by Manchester United, allowing the Catalan side to rest some of their key players heading into the next round.
Meanwhile, Liverpool were too much for a Porto side who lost 6-1 on aggregate. The Reds have bagged their second semifinal trip in two years. They are also in the thick of the Premier League title race with Manchester City.
It’s hard to pick a favorite given the array of attacking talents on show. Barca can always rely on Messi, while former Liverpool forwards Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho are likely to cause problems for the English side.
Messi already has 10 goals and three assists, with a ratio of just 66 minutes per strike in the Champions League this season. Virgil Van Dijk will have to be at his very best to keep him at bay over both games.
Sadio Mane, Mo Salah, and Bobby Firmino are a lethal triumvirate for Liverpool, which can produce goals on any given situation. They each have four goals apiece.
Liverpool are up against Premier League relegation candidates Huddersfield and Cardiff City before their UCL semifinal meeting with Barcelona, but they need every point possible to keep up with Man City.
Jürgen Klopp has made it clear that he wants to treat all three games with the same importance. Hopefully for Liverpool, that won’t cause fatigue to set in for his men.
Barca are close to securing La Liga following a 2-1 win over Real Sociedad, so they should come into the match with Liverpool with relatively fresher legs.
The Reds have won their last two away games in the Champions League, causing an upset at Bayern Munich before blowing Porto away.
Their opponents are unbeaten at home in Europe this season, but only one European heavyweight will make it through to the final.
This semifinal round showdown featuring Barcelona and Liverpool is a dream matchup for many soccer fans, given the star power on each side. To get in the full vibe of the UCL, you can check out Nitrogen Sports Blog’s UEFA Champions League guide.