Unlike squalid Champions League offering, the clash between two favourites in the second semi-final first-leg tie is set to light-up the footballing world. The historic Santiago Bernabeu host reigning European champions, Bayern Munich as Real Madrid chase their La Decima.
The focus, once again, will be on Madrid for the second successive night. Two teams from the Spanish capital are in contention to win the continental title, with Atletico Madrid settling for a goalless draw with Chelsea at Vicente Calderon yesterday night. The face-off between two of the most talked-about managers in Diego Simeone and Jose Mourinho failed to produced any spark.
However, the moment Pep Guardiola enters Bernabeu, it will automatically renew the Catalan`s rivalry with Madrid. Until some seasons ago, the 43-year-old former Spain midfielder was in charge of Barcelona – an embodiment of Catalan resistance, against Madrid. His contribution to the rise of Barca as one half of the Spanish duopoly is as important as that of ever-relevant El Clasico, one of biggest rivalries in sports.