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Strengths, Weaknesses & Key Men: Analysing CL’s Last Four

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Strengths, Weaknesses & Key Males: Analysing CL’s Final 4

With the Champions League’s final 4 determined we analysed every of the groups vying for European glory this season.

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Liverpool

How They Acquired Right here:

Liverpool did excellently to barter a troublesome group containing PSG, Napoli and Pink Star Belgrade. The Reds completed second, simply forward of the Italian facet on targets scored.

They received three video games, beating every group at dwelling however shedding to every of them away.

Within the final 16, they defeated Bayern Munich 3-1 within the second leg after a scoreless draw within the first. They acquired the luck of the draw as they met Porto within the quarter-finals profitable 6-1 on combination together with a powerful 1-Four away win in Portugal.

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Strengths:

Their entrance three is one in all European soccer’s most feared with Salah, Mane and Firmino having a mixed 61 targets between them in all competitions this marketing campaign.

Liverpool’s full-backs have additionally confirmed to be a large attacking asset with Robertson and Alexander-Arnold each able to inflicting Barcelona severe issues.

Messi and Suarez are able to making even the best defenders look common however in Virgil Van Dijk, Liverpool have an actual dominant pressure on the again.

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Weaknesses:

Joel Matip is a powerful defender however he might be recognized as a weakling within the again 4 by Barcelona, ought to Joe Gomez not be match to start out, and given the shape he’s on this season Lionel Messi could really feel he could make a Jerome Boateng out of the massive defender.

Alisson has been stable this season however nonetheless appears to be like as if he could have a mistake in him, one thing the Spanish giants will probably be eager to take advantage of.

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Key-Man: Virgil Van Dijk

If Liverpool are to progress to the ultimate for the second yr in a row, stopping the assault of Barcelona will probably be essential.

Van Dijk has been talismanic this season on the coronary heart of the Liverpool defence and his arrival has coincided with the Reds stepping up a degree on the European scene.

He’ll doubtless have his work minimize out for him, however he might be Klopp’s fundamental man within the latter phases of the Champions League.

Prediction:

It’ll be a decent tie however Barcelona ought to simply have sufficient to see off Liverpool within the semi-finals

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Barcelona

How They Acquired Right here:

Barcelona dominated their troublesome group which included fellow semi-finalists Tottenham, in addition to Inter Milan and PSV, profitable 4 video games and drawing two on the way in which to the highest spot.

Spurs held them on the Nou Camp whereas they drew with Inter on the San Siro.

They drew their opening sport within the final 16 in opposition to French facet Lyon however blew their opponents away within the second leg with a 5-1 win.

Within the quarter-finals, they comfortably overcame Manchester United by 4-Zero on combination.

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Strengths:

Their main energy is that they’ve the best footballer who ever lived and with 10 targets within the Champions League, Messi is in scintillating type.

Barcelona have additionally discovered a pleasant stability within the midfield three with Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets and Artur whereas Phillipe Coutinho will little doubt have a degree to show in opposition to his outdated membership, Liverpool.

Additionally they have so many gamers with expertise within the later phases of Europe which may show essential.

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Weaknesses:

The one factor that may be stated about Barcelona is that they are going to give their opponents alternatives. In opposition to Manchester United, they gave up quite a lot of possibilities and appeared weak regardless of Solskjaer’s facet’s incapability to punish them.

You’d think about Liverpool’s entrance three won’t be as type.

Barca’s beginning XI is robust however exterior of that they lack actual energy in depth, the likes of Malcom and Dembele each struggling for type this season

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Key-Man: Lionel Messi

He could also be 31 now, however Messi is continuous to play a few of the most interesting soccer of his profession as he appears to be like to fireside Barca to their first Champions League trophy since 2015.

45 targets and 21 assists in 42 video games this season is an absurd return even by Messi’s requirements and in opposition to Manchester United, he continued his knack of scoring in opposition to English sides.

He has been working at a unique degree to all on this season’s competitors.

Prediction:

Ought to they see off the tough take a look at of Liverpool then it’s troublesome to think about something aside from Barcelona lifting the Champions League trophy.

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Tottenham

How They Acquired Right here:

Within the ‘group of dying’ because it was coined, alongside Barcelona, Inter Milan and PSV, Spurs narrowly completed second forward of the Italian facet.

They received two video games, drew two and misplaced two, with a late Lucas Moura objective on the Nou Camp guaranteeing their journey to the final 16.

In opposition to an in-form Borussia Dortmund, Spurs confirmed their European pedigree defeating them comfortably by 4-Zero over two legs.

Within the quarter-finals with the assistance of VAR, they dramatically overcame Manchester Metropolis on the away targets rule.

Strengths:

Spurs have exceeded expectations in Europe this season and like their opponents, Ajax will probably be stuffed with confidence heading into the final 4.

They’ve a stable and balanced squad and particularly at dwelling will probably be a troublesome facet to beat.

Regardless of the dearth of targets from Kane and Son, they’ve accomplished properly this season to complement them, with the likes of Eriksen and Moura able to stepping up.

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Weaknesses:

Though they’ve proven they’ll generally play higher with out Harry Kane, lacking their captain remains to be an enormous blow. As is working with out Heung-Min Son for the primary leg which will probably be tough

Hugo Lloris has additionally been susceptible to error this season and could also be recognized as a degree of weak point by Ajax.

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Key-Man: Heung Min Son

The South Korean will miss the primary leg of the Ajax sport which is able to little doubt be a blow however his type this season and talent to step up in Kane’s absence has made him an important a part of this Spurs facet.

His vitality and goal-scoring prowess as been key to Pochettino’s prices making the final 4 of the Champions League and so they may have him to return up trumps within the second leg, identical to he did in opposition to Man Metropolis within the final eight.

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Prediction:

The sport with Ajax will doubtless be one other tight affair however Spurs ought to be part of the lengthy listing of groups the Dutch facet have left of their wake this season.

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Ajax

How They Acquired Right here:

Ajax had a for much longer path than the opposite three sides within the semi-finals with the Dutch outfit having to play three video games earlier than the group phases even started.

They defeated Sturm Graz, Commonplace Liege and Dynamo Kiev within the three qualifying rounds earlier than advancing via a gaggle containing Bayern Munich, Benfica and AEK Athens in second place, profitable three and drawing three.

Within the final 16, they astonishingly overcame the reigning and defending three-in-a-row champions Actual Madrid, by 5-Three on combination.

They then met the equally troublesome process of Juventus within the final eight however once more they overcame the percentages to succeed in the semi-finals.

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Strengths:

Ajax have a vibrant younger and hungry squad whose freshness and youthful exuberance is a significant component of their success.

The assassin’s row of groups they’ve already knocked out may also give all of them the boldness on this planet as they put together to tackle Spurs.

Dusan Tadic is also an X-factor with the ex-Southampton man in unimaginable type this season scoring 32 targets and laying on 20 assists in 49 video games.

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Weaknesses:

It’s troublesome to pinpoint weaknesses on this Ajax squad given the extent of performances we’ve seen from them in Europe this season.

One may look to their inexperience at this degree however conversely Spurs their semi-final opponents are in a really comparable state of affairs.

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Key-Man: Frenkie De Jong

He received’t be part of Ajax’s facet for for much longer, however holding midfielder Frenkie De Jong has been one in all this season’s most interesting younger abilities.

The metronome that retains this group ticking over De Jong was arguably one of the best participant on the pitch within the first leg in opposition to Juventus and appeared snug and calm within the extremely pressurised second leg.

The likes of Tadic and Neres could get the plaudits for his or her targets, however ought to they attain the ultimate the long run Barca star will probably be a key man.

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Prediction:

Ajax will overcome Spurs in what will probably be an in depth affair, however Barcelona or Liverpool ought to have simply an excessive amount of for the younger Dutch conquerors.

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