Who would have thought at the beginning of the 2015/16 season that the final 2 Premier League teams standing in Europe would be Manchester City and Liverpool? And from today’s UEFA Champions League and Europa League draws, the Reds have a better chance of claiming some continental silverware.
The semifinal round draw for the UEFA Champions League and Europa League were held on Friday morning in Nyon, Switzerland. The semifinal round, similar to the earlier knockout rounds, is a 2-leg tie. The Champions League final is a single match with Milan’s Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (better known as the San Siro) host the match on May 28.
In the Champions League, there are 2 Spanish La Liga teams – Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid – left standing along with 1 German Bundesliga side – Bayern Munich – and 1 English Premier League side – Manchester City.
26 April: Manchester City v Real Madrid
27 April: Atlético Madrid v Bayern München
3 May: Bayern München v Atlético Madrid
4 May: Real Madrid v Manchester City
The Europa League may be the baby brother to the Champions League but with a berth in next season’s Champions League on the line the final 4 teams standing have plenty of incentive. Similar to the Champions League, the Europa League features 2 Spanish La Liga teams – Sevilla and Villarreal, along with 1 English Premier League side – Liverpool – and 1 Ukrainian Premier League side Shakhtar Donetsk.
And the tie has more on the line for Sevilla and Liverpool who do not have a path to next season’s Champions League other than winning the Europa title. The 2015/16 UEFA Europa League final will be played at St. Jakob-Park in Basel, Switzerland on May 18.
28 April: Shakhtar Donetsk v Sevilla
28 April: Villarreal v Liverpool
5 May: Sevilla v Shakhtar Donetsk
5 May: Liverpool v Villarreal
Who will win this season’s Champions League and Europa League titles?