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Champions League semi-final first leg: Predictions and key battle



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London: The Champions League returns with only four teams left, the path to the wide fame.

Any of the remaining sides have a chance, but equally, the question marks surrounding their challenge. Liverpool can crack Lionel Messi and Co., to deny them a treble boost? And what of the "losers" will prevail in the other semi-final?

Here's everything you need to know, from superheroes and conspirators, who can solve communication with the keys to victory.

Tottenham against Ajax

WHEN: Tuesday, 8 pm (Wednesday 3 am, Singapore time)

background: Ajax makes its glorious past with pride, eliminating the perennial Serie A champions Juventus and Champions League holders Real Madrid to reach the semi-finals.

Champions League - Ajax Amsterdam Education

Ajax Erik ten Hag coach with Hyuntelar and their players during a training session at the stadium Tottenham, London April 29, 2019 (Photo: Reuters)

Quality, freshness and fearlessness reflected in those games have made them favorites of neutrals. They are connected at the top of the Dutch league and the Dutch Cup final, so that they also have a desire to Treble.

Tottenhee lost more than half of the games they played with the Valentine's Day, but they still hang on the third place in the premiership & # 39; er League and knocked out the powerful Manchester City to get this far.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino (right) watches a training session before the Champions his hand

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino (right) oversees training before his side's Champions League semi-final against Ajax. (Photo: AFP)

They're in the final four noteworthy given the rash of injuries they have suffered – especially to Captain Harry Kane, who with both feet – and their limited resources. Limited in relation to the majority, but Ajax: in any other season, the Spurs will be Cinderella team at this stage.

HOW THEY match: Tottenham time, perhaps more pragmatic, but there are many points of contact between these two sides played with a trio adgor & # 39; and Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Christian Eriksen, spent together almost three decades on Ajax at youth and senior level there will be a few surprises.

Given the absence of Kane, and the fact that the approach Ajax does not change much at home and away (regardless of the pedigree of the opposition), you can imagine the Spurs counter-attack exploited, in particular, with the fleet-footed Lucas Moura.

STAR Tottenham look: Eriksen. He was at a crossroads in many respects. He still has to extend his contract, which ends in June 2020, believing that it is open to a summer move. Would it not be a decisive turn in the semifinals of the Champions League will eventually showcase?

Will he stay or go? Tottenham Christian Eriksen wants the best clubs in Europe

Will he stay or go? Christian Eriksen Tottenham desired top clubs in Europe. (Photo: AFP)

He literally faced with his past, but he is also a man who can create out of nothing for Tottenham and who may have to wear them, like he did so many times.

STAR Ajax watch: He embodies the modern double-sided midfielder, with the added wrinkle that he behaves with charisma and personality far beyond his years.

Champions League - Ajax Amsterdam Education

Ajax Frenkie de Jong during a workout at the stadium Allianz April 15, 2019 (Photo: Reuters)

He makes the leap to Barcelona in the summer, but very few 21-year-old, it seemed to be ready for this kind of quantum leap.

X-FACTOR, TOTTENHAM: Allie deal. He did not tasteless prepackaged amount of past seasons (he had 22 goals from midfield in 2016-17, compared with seven in this year), in part because he missed seven weeks due to injury, and partly because he had to invent like a hole -plugging jack of all trades data spurs a lot of injuries, especially in the middle.

FILE PHOTO: UEFA Champions League Quarter Final first leg - Tottenham vs. Manchester City

Tottenham thing Allie down during a match against Manchester City on April 9, 2019. (Photo: Reuters)

But he has the dynamism and dedication to match Ajax and he can keep from Ajax midfield bulges, it can transform the way that Tottenham.

X-FACTOR, AJAX: , At 22, he is still very raw, but his dribbling ability and unpredictability make him a real handful.

FILE PHOTO: UEFA Champions League - Round of 16 Second Leg - Real Madrid v Ajax Amsterdam

Ajax David Neres celebrates scoring his second goal in the match against Real Madrid on March 5, 2019 (Photo: Reuters)

In philosophy, which carefully balances the team against the person, it can be tilted in favor of the latter at times (which may be why he had a rough start to the campaign), but this makes it no less valuable for 180 minutes.

TOTTENHAM NEED … find makeshift midfield combination that can see through them (not easy, given the likely absence, with Sissoko and Harry Winks), without leaving yourself Ajax initiative, upon receipt Eriksen in a place where it can create.

AJAX is necessary … Do not let the intensity and fearlessness fall simply because the pedigree Tottenham is not equal to their previous opponents in the Champions League (Juventus, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich), while providing a center-back duo Blind and Matthijs De Ligt to do as little open to protect the field from Lucas Moura as far as possible.

FORECAST: Tottenham 2-1 Ajax. Momentum is not a Tottenham midfield and a & # 39 is a mystery, but if they do not match poorly against Ajax.

Liverpool vs Barcelona

WHEN: Wednesday 8 pm (Thursday 3am Singapore time)

background: Barcelona won La Liga on Saturday and will play Valencia in the Spanish Cup final later this month, which means that they are still on the way to the Treble.

FILE PHOTO: Copa del Rey - FC Barcelona Training

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde during training. (Photo: Reuters)

This will be their third since 2008, that some of the achievements, considering that it has only been achieved three times during the first 40 years of European football.

Liverpool reached the Champions League final last year, of course, but unlike then – when they came out of contention early in the country – they are head to head with Manchester City Prem title & # 39; er League.

Andy Robertson, James Milner, Trent Alexander Arnold and Jordan Henderson to Liverpool

Andy Robertson, James Milner, Trent Alexander Arnold and Jordan Henderson to Liverpool training session at Melwood April 16, 2019 (Photo: AFP)

They have won 10 consecutive games in all competitions and look stronger and better than last year.

HOW THEY match: It was previously uncommon for a team to kill 100 goals in all competitions, but Liverpool held the mark on Saturday and Barcelona made it back in February. However, while both of them can (and do) kill in abundance, there are more patient, defensive aspect of what they do as well.

Klopp only wheel with its "heavy metal" all-out seals intermittently and compared with previous incarnations, this side of the Barca is more focused on security in the middle of the park. The fact that both have an excellent goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Allisson adds another layer of solidity.

STAR Barcelona look: Lionel Messi. He averaged more than a goal of the game (again), playing an even greater role than before in terms of falling deeply and creating opportunities for others. You can find your own here in superlatives.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates his last opponents wear English

Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates his last wear British rivals. (Photo: AFP / Josep Lago)

STAR Liverpool look: Virgil van Dijk. A few autographs have been so transformative in recent years, as the arrival of the Dutchman to Anfield in January 2018. The colossus in the air, his work is at reading the game and marshalling the back four in which both counsel often attacking simultaneously with the & # 39 is the second does not share.

FILE PHOTO: UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Second Leg - FC Porto v Liverpool

Liverpool Virgil van Dijk celebrates scoring his fourth goal against FC Porto on April 17, 2019. (Photo: Reuters)

X-FACTOR, BARCELONA: Jordi Alba. He has 16 assists in all competitions this year with a left-back and almost supernatural understanding with Lionel Messi, who often cut from the opposite side.

Champions League - Group Stage - Group B - FC Barcelona v Inter

Barcelona Jordi Alba celebrates scoring his second goal against Inter 24 October 2018. (Photo: Reuters)

He will be up against Trent Alexander Arnold and Mo Salah, which means Liverpool midfielder will get rescued when he moves. Except they can not overcommit to him, because Messi is on the opposite side …

X-FACTOR, Liverpool: Firmino. He is a center forward, who did not score a lot (he broke the mark of 20 goals only twice in his car & # 39; EASURES), but its terrible traffic and off-the-ball workrate more than makes up for it.

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Firmino Liverpool celebrates scoring his first goal in a match against Tottenham on March 31, 2019. (Photo: Reuters)

Between Sergio Busquets in midfield and at the back Gerard Pique, Barcelona does not want to lose sight of him.

BARCELONA NEED … Dictate the game in center field and press ago Alexander Arnold and Andy Robertson, Liverpool defender, denying service Salah and Sadia Mans, especially during the transition period.

Liverpool need … Be aware of Messi at all times, but especially when it falls back to create. Make sure that the front three are not isolated, at the same time retaining its shape.

FORECAST: Liverpool 1-2 Barcelona. Two unequal sides, but one of them is Messi, and another does not.

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