2020/21 Champions League Semi-finals: Second leg
After 2019 the Champions League final 2021 will be a British-British duel again! After Manchester City defeated PSG in both games and therewith reached there first ever Champions League final, Chelsea just followed one day later by beating Real Madrid 2:0.
Chaos ahead of the 2020/21 Champions League Semi-finals
When 12 of Europe’s top clubs announced on 19 April that they would launch a new international club competition from next season, no one really knew what would happen to the Champions League.
UEFA’s potential measures included the immediate exclusion of all 12 clubs from the Champions League. This would have affected Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid, i.e. 3 of the 4 clubs still represented. Accordingly, either PSG could have been crowned the winner. Alternatively, teams eliminated in the quarter-finals could have been invited back into the competition.
However, following the withdrawal from the Super League of Manchester City and Chelsea, it now looks as though the current season will continue as normal. Real Madrid’s official reaction is still awaited.
Chelsea vs Real Madrid
In the first semi-final, Chelsea met Real Madrid. In the first leg, the two clubs drew 1-1, with Pulisic giving Chelsea an early lead. Benzema equalised in the first half. The away goal gave Chelsea the advantage. However, any win for Real would have sent them through to the final.
It all came different in the end. Chelsea dominated the match and snatched a well-deserved 2-0 win in the second leg.
Chelsea vs Real Madrid 2-0
First leg result: 1:1
Champions League Semi-finals: Manchester City vs PSG
The match between PSG and Manchester City represented a clash of the investors. Since the 2015/15 season, Manchester City has had the highest negative balance between transfer income and expenditure (approx. -844 million euros or 730 Pound, source: Transfermarkt.com). Paris follows closely in third place (approx. -513 million euros or 440 Pound).
It has not yet “paid off” for the teams, both of which are owned by sheikhs. Neither team has yet been able to achieve the clear goal of winning the CL. Paris came close last season. However, they were defeated by FC Bayern in the final. Manchester City have reached the semi-finals for only the second time. Before that, they had failed three times in the quarter-finals and once in the last 16.
Now they are in the finals for the first time in the club’s history. After a good first 15 minutes by PSG, City took control of the match and barely let the guests come into any dangerous positions. Man of the evening was Mahrez with two goals.
Manchester City vs PSG 2-0
First leg result: 2-1
2020/21 Champions League Semi-finals on TV
BT Sport exclusively holds the broadcasting rights for the 2020/21 Champions League season. The exact dates and broadcasts of the matches can be found in our TV guide. Further interesting information about the Champions League can also be found here.