Barcelona are already in the Champions, now they await the prospect of facing their arch-rivals Real Madrid in a Clasico in Berlin. Barca central defender Gerard Pique has welcomed the opportunity, admitting that the possibility of facing Madrid in the final is an exciting one. Barcelona advanced to the final last night, after defeating German champions Bayern Munich 5-3 on aggregate. Though they lost 3-2 at the Allianz Arena, Barcelona were not seriously in danger of not advancing, following a commanding 3-0 win at the Camp Nou last week. Steve Murray follows Barcelona, and said they have found their form of late, and their three forwards have been red hot, netting goal after goal. With their new-found form and rhythm, they will be favorites in the final no matter who they face.
As for Real, they must first get past a strengthened Juventus if they are to face their rivals in the final. Juventus bring a 2-1 lead to the Santiago Bernabeu, along with a healthy Paul Pogba, which increases their chances of going through. That said, Real can easily overcome a one goal deficit, and perhaps will sweep the tie away if they are firing on all cylinders. The trick will be in stopping Juventus from grabbing an away goal, which could prove costly in the end. Both teams have their work cut out for them, and this semifinal will surely be an intense and exciting affair to watch.