For second amount of time in history the 2 greatest Spanish teams will clash inside the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League. And the Cinderella Schalke from Germany face the powerful English squad Manchester United in the other bracket. Historically Real Madrid and Barcelona have invariably been one with the biggest rivalries in Europe, that could just be in comparison with the magnitude of the Liverpool versus Manchester United in England or a Milan against Inter showdown in Italy.
But when a clash between both biggest teams in Spain occurs inside the semifinals in the UEFA Champions League -as oahu is the case- their rivalry reaches new dimensions as oahu is the most prestigious competition that any squad could want, along with the world will eradicate twice for 90 minutes to witness which ones will go out victorious out there battles to become disputed on April 27 and May 3. This is going to be the rematch of the 2002 semifinals which was won from the Whites, but this time around the confrontation could have an exclusive ingredient: Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho.
The rising rivalry among the Portuguese coach and Barcelona began when he is at control of Chelsea, continued when Mourinho attended coach Inter, and today has moved to Spain to the joy of football fans. With his spicy comments Mourinho shows the relevant skills of the distinguished chef when it comes to include a number of notches more to your plate which is exquisite, making it irresistible. His most recent recipe is certainly one that's been especially fixed for the taste of football fans worldwide, since it includes a good dose of spice inside.
In the most recent of his TV shows -which airs post and after Real Madrid games- he fixed the appetizers for that firstly two legs to get disputed inside Santiago Bernabeu stadium, which key's "to practice with ten players and use ten, since every time that I play against them certainly one of my players has been expelled." A full number of provocations is the thing that expect from him during his upcoming TV shows -press conferences-, that will fill countless newspapers, websites, and forums worldwide. And it couldn't be another way around, for his success at monopolizing the interest with the media might be his main virtue.
Despite his dishes being tempting and delicious, Barcelona's defender Gerard Pique knows practically that Mourinho's recipes are difficult to digest, and possesses decided to pass at their store at least momentarily, along with his teammates, as they knows that they want balanced and light diet to confront this semifinals with their conditions atop.
Pique knows well that "I will compete against Cristiano Ronaldo, not Mourinho," then it defintely won't be until a success arises he are able to taste his food, but he does not have t worry about it getting cold, for we are able to guarantee that at that time it is going to nevertheless be boiling hot. A less attractive game will be held between Manchester United and Schalke 04 on April 26 at Germany, and May 4 in England.
The three Champions League titles won through the Red Devils against none from your Cinderella with the competition makes of them the clear favorites. But favoritism will be worth nothing during these stages, plus a good example was given by Schalke by reducing the defending champions Inter inside the quarter finals by the resounding 7-3 inside the aggregate. The table is placed and dinner is ready, please yourself with the menu and bona appetite.