UEFA Champions League 2015 Semifinals Infographic
UEFA Champions League 2015 semifinal are set between four high-quality organizations. Barcelona and Bayern Munich play in the first pair while Real Madrid plays Juventus in the other contest. The Sports Techie community blog is excited to share the newest Guarantee Tickets, Champions league performance Infographic along with our past #UCL breakdowns of the quarterfinals and knock out stage rounds. Champions final four fans all around the globe and throughout Europe will be digitally locked into each semi-finals moment on May 5 and 6, then again for the second leg on May 12-13, for the right to play in the Berlin finals. No matter who wins the semifinals, the finalists will have never played one another in a championship.
Barca – Munich
The dream of the first “El Clasico” in the Champions finals is still alive for the two La Liga teams. Barcelona first needs Messi, Naymar and Suarzez to continue playing well and win at Camp Nou but München, coached by former Barca player and coach, Josep Guardiola, knows how to rally his German team to win in the imposing Spanish stadium.
A breakdown of goals scored by each team during 15 minute intervals, shows the second fifteen minutes of the game should be telling as both teams have a knack for making quick in-game adjustments and analytics-driven strategic changes. Both teams tend to come out flat to start off the second half until the last 15 minutes when FC Bayern out of the Bundesliga has a 7-5 slight scoring advantage up to the 90 minute mark.
Looking at the past 8 matches between them, Bayern has 5 wins, 2 draws and one loss to the Catalans while averaging nearly 2 goals a game. During this year’s tournament run, Bayern has scored 3 times a game so figure on at least two goals per game versus Barca’s stingy defense. Since 1992/93, BFC has played in 10 semifinals while Munich has 8 so both have high expectations of winning.
Juve – Madrid
Both teams play well at home meaning Juventus Stadium in Turin during the first leg and Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid on the second leg will probably result in wins for the home team meaning an aggregate of goals is looming. The long-time Serie A team wants to get out of the knockout round by stepping up their offense just a bit while shutting down superstar Christiano Ronaldo if that can be done.
Minutes 16 through 45 are when Madrid steps up the pressure and scores. The soccer metrics show Juve tends to play best after halftime until the 76 minute mark when Madrid scored 8 times to Juve’s 3 to finish Champions league games. Head to head stats are about even but it does seem that the 18 goals scored over 16 games against Real means at least a goal per game for the Italian side.
Since 92/93, Juventus had made the semifinals 5 times to Real Madrid’s 9. Madrid Head Coach Carlo Ancelotti coached Juventus between 1999 and 2001. Real Madrid must overcome the fact that since 1987, they have not won a two-legged tie against an Italian team.
Sports Techie, when you study the histories of the Champions league semi-final teams you start to understand that the athletic talent on the field, mixed with performance data and fan loyalty are all reasons why these epic games are played at such a high level. Winning is a must but understanding what got a team there goes a long way to victory.
Besides the dream of an “El Classico” championship, you better believe Bayern Munich wishes for an opportunity to play at Olympiastadion in Berlin, Germany come Saturday, June 6.
Listen to a semifinals game on Matchday Live via the UEFA.com MatchCentre or on the updated version of the official UEFA.com app.
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