The UEFA Champions League semi-finals

The UEFA Champions League semi-final draw of Friday afternoon has decided that Bayern Munich will play Barcelona and Juventus, Real Madrid.

The first legs of the 2014/15 semi’final will take place on May 5/6 with the return matches to be played the following week lining Pep Guardiola, Barcelona’s manager, with a return to the Nou Camp for the first time since he left back in 2012. In the other clash, Real Madrid will face Juventus, who have surprised everyone by getting this far in the competition, though it is the match-up between Guardiola and the club where he became a candidate for the best manager of the world, that will have most of the neutral fans getting excited. The German champions managed to overturn an away defeat by demolishing their Portuguese rivals 6-1 at the Alliance arena whist the Catalans had it slightly easier, especially since the Suarez show in France had already given them a 3-1 away win that few could hope to overturn.  RealMadrid’s manager Carlo Ancelotti’sis conscious though that his side doesn’t seem to be the side that they were one year ago, as they only managed to scrape through to the last four after a very late Javier Hernandez’s goal. A sports betting expert knows that this is the fifth year in a row that Real have reached this stage of the tournament but this is the first time Juventus have succeeded in getting to the semi-finals of the Champions League since 2003 when they managed to eliminate Real 4-3 on aggregate. Their will be many a Juventus betting fan will be hoping this is a good omen and that history could repeat itself. The draw took place on Friday in Nyon and a top sports football tipster will knows that a Barcelona – Real Madrid final would be a first time ever for this clash and could be the most eagerly awaited one too, with the Blaugrana reaching their seventh semi-final in eight years but their German opponents are not too far behind having reached their fourth semi in a row. A top football pick for the clash between Barcelona and Bayern will have to take into consideration the fact that the two sides have met eight times in European cups with the Germans winning 5 times, drawing twice and losing only once with the Champions League tally an equally impressive 4 wins, 1 draw and only one defeat. A top football prediction know that in the other clash, between Real and Juventus has a total of eight wins for the Spanish giants, one draw and seven Italian wins but in the Champions League alone tally is very balanced at five wins a piece and a single draw. A top football tipster would go for a Bayern Munich – Real Madrid final, what are your thoughts?