The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Champions League is now down to the final four teams in the tournament. Spanish rivals Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid will be facing off, while AS Monaco of France tries to earn a spot in the championship against Juventus of Italy.
Real Madrid will be looking for the 12th Champions League title this year, the most among any club in Europe. They will be looking for their main man, Cristiano Ronaldo, to continue his hot form for the rest of the tournament. Ronaldo, who is now 32 years old, is Real Madrid’s leading goal scorer, with 7 goals in the tournament. Real’s speed in their attacking play and the solid back line with Sergio Ramos will help propel them through their games, but they will first have to get past their rivals if they want to earn a spot in the championship.
Atletico Madrid will be looking for only their second ever Champions League title. After a heartbreaking defeat last year in the final to Real Madrid, they will be locking their eyes on the ultimate prize, revenge for last year’s upset and the trophy. Antoine Griezmann, Fernando Torres, and Yannick Carrasco are helping provide a strong attacking force to the team along with a strong defensive force and a strong goalkeeper in Jan Oblak. After the club just finished celebrating its 114th birthday, the fans will be hoping for the team to earn a spot in the final.
AS Monaco has had a very impressive season, being on top of the French Ligue 1 and now semi-finalists in the champions league. They will be looking for their first ever UEFA Champions League title in their club’s history. They will be expecting a lot from their players, especially their attackers like Radamel Falcao and Kylian Mbappe. Their defensive strength will prove to be a valuable part in the tournament, especially if Monaco wants to lift the trophy in the end.
Juventus will be looking for their first title since 1993, which could be their fourth total Champions League trophy. They will be looking for many goals from their attacking players, mostly from Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala. The Juventus defense will be looking for extra help with the goalkeeping talent of 39 year old Gianluigi “Gigi” Buffon, who is also the captain of the team. If Juventus is able to keep their cool and maintain a solid formation then they could be able to lift the trophy at the end of the tournament.
The championship for the UEFA Champions League will take place at the National Stadium of Wales in Cardiff on Saturday, June 3. All of the teams have shown why they deserve to win, but it all depends on what happens on the pitch.