The mini tournament in Lisbon saw not only the historic FC Bayern gala against Barcelona but also one record after another. After favourite falls and last-minute dramas, only the German Bundesliga (Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig) and the French Ligue 1 (Olympique Lyon, Paris St. Germain) are still represented in the semi-finals of Europe’s royal class. Oh, là, là – that has never happened before!
With their sensational 3-1 victory over Manchester City, Olympique Lyon as a blatant outsider has made the big step into the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League – paving the way for a purely German-French semi-final round!
So now it’s a kind of country duel because only two teams from two nations will fight for the final and the Champions League trophy. From Tuesday on the contest can be called: France against Germany. Even the French head of state, Emmanuel Macron, had a commentary ready for the duel: “Germany and France are the engines of Europe – in Brussels and on the playing field”, commented France’s head of state.
For the first time in the history of the Champions League, two French clubs, Lyon and Paris St. Germain are in the round of the last four. Germany is represented by FC Bayern Munich and, also surprisingly, RB Leipzig.
It is the second time in ten years that Olympique Lyon has reached the semi-finals of the royal league and will meet FC Bayern again, as in 2010. RB Leipzig will play at their first semi-final against PSG.
Besides, there is another historical novelty: no team from England, Spain, or Italy has reached the CL semi-finals – that has never happened before.
And there is yet another curiosity: Besides Hansi Flick (Munich), Julian Nagelsmann (Leipzig) and Thomas Tuchel (Paris), Garcia is the only non-German coach in the semi-finals. However, his parents named him Rudi because they were so impressed by the performances of German cyclist Rudi Altig in the Tour de France…
Who will be in the final of the Champions League? Will there be another German-French duel, or will the Champion of Champions definitely be a French or German club?
Our tip is indeed a final between the two German teams Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig. What do you think? Get in and make a prediction!