The hypothetical duel between Merengues and the Brazilian striker of PSG in the Champions League has solid arguments to make it possible
One end of the UEFA Champions League with those protagonists it would be simply fascinating. Not just because it would be the most popular, but also because it brings together solid arguments to make it possible.
In order of blazons, let’s start with the multi-champion. The winning experience is on the side of the Real Madrid. In all its lines it has footballers who know what it is to conquer Europe, that is worth a lot. An impenetrable defense even without Sergio Ramos, but with Nacho and Courtois as banners; a period midfield with Modric, Kroos and Casemiro; and an accurate and timely forward like Benzema.
That formula has worked for a long time, and it’s the one that has them alive at this point. My great concern with the Madrid it is in that it arrives with the reserve of the fuel tank. The wear and tear to which they have been subjected has them on the edge, in front of them will be a very physical team that costs a lot to score a goal, and that arrives more complete.
Chelsea with Thomas Tuchel changed the system and built a granite defensive fortress. Three in the background, defined flying sides, two recuperators and three attackers. They have no problem giving up the initiative to the rival, they did it against Porto and won it quietly. Nothing to do with the more proactive style of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool to which he Madrid overcame with sufficiency. Go ahead Mason Mount is your fittest footballer; Marcelo and / or Nacho, 32 and 31 years old respectively, will be in charge of drying it.
In the other Semifinal we have two powerful squads formed at the point of punches. Paris Saint-Germain against Manchester City, or what is the same Qatar against United Arab Emirates. It was a matter of time before they were at such an advanced stage. Guardiola’s men arrive with the mental impulse of winning the League Cup on Sunday against Tottenham, and Pochettino’s men are more complete than in the Quarterfinals.
The PSG they have recovered Florenzi, Marco Verratti, Icardi and most certainly Marquinhos, their leader in defense and captain. Mbappé is still in great shape, no one has scored more goals than him in Ligue 1, and Neymar in mode-Champions Lately he has transformed, he plays at a different speed and puts all his talent at the disposal of the team. City is used to monopolizing possession of the ball, the PSG it can be very dangerous in long spaces with those two beasts.
Over the years I have learned not to go against the Real Madrid on Champions, less with this group of players who have an insurmountable winning DNA. Although Chelsea arrives in better shape, I go with the one who knows the whole route … the one that also traveled last year on PSG and he missed the last rung. It would be insurmountable.