This was inspired by a few comments on twitter during Tuesday evening.
The first speculated that the Champions League was becoming so predictable that it had become a case of fighting for the 4th Semi-Final spot left vacant, after Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich had taken theirs.
The second was in response to the two hammerings which were taking place that evening. The Quarter Finals of the top competition in the world and the ties were not even close as contests. As a result, the person commenting asked if the Champions League would eventually “eat itself”?
So as a matter of interest, I decided to have a look at the semi-finalists for the last few seasons and see if this trend was true. Here goes………
Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Inter Milan and Lyon
Real Madrid, Barcelona, Schalke and the Mancs
Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Chavski
Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund
Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid and Chavski.
(Barcelona went out in the quarters to Atletico)
Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the Semis at a canter.
Atletico could stop Real Madrid getting there with a couple of away goals and as for Juve v Monaco, we all know what’s wrong with that tie, don’t we, Micky?
What do you think? Is this exactly how you would like it because you get to see the top players at the climax of the competition each year? Or does it make you seethe that a team like Nottingham Forest or Villa could ever win the trophy (albeit, in a completely different competition and totally different footballing era)?
Worst of all, are The Arsenal fighting for that 4th Semi-Final spot each year from now on?