The Champions League semi-finals conclude this week as Manchester City and Real Madrid vie for the chance to face Liverpool in Paris later this month. 

Read on for a preview of the second legs as the Premier League's top two sides bid to make it back-to-back all-English finals.


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Tuesday 3 May

Villarreal 2-3 Liverpool (agg 2-5)

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Liverpool booked their third Champions League final in five seasons after a chaotic 3-2 second-leg win in Villarreal saw them progress 5-2 on aggregate.

While the three-goal cushion may look comfortable this was a test of their nerve and powers of recovery as an awful first half by their standards saw their first-leg advantage wiped out by debut goals in the competition from Boulaye Dia and Francis Coquelin.

But the half-time introduction of £37.5million January signing Luis Diaz, who has reinvigorated 2022 for Jurgen Klopp’s side, changed the game – aided and abetted by a distinctly ordinary goalkeeping performance from the hosts’ Geronimo Rulli.

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Wednesday 4 May

Real Madrid vs Manchester City - 7pm (KO 8pm) on BT Sport 2 HD & Ultimate - Live stream

The eyes of the sporting world will be trained on the Spanish capital on Wednesday evening as Real Madrid and Manchester City settle their semi-final score.

After their modern-day classic a little under a week ago, City will take a 4-3 lead into the second leg following an extraordinary encounter at the Etihad.

The seven-goal thriller saw the pre-season Champions League favourites claim the slenderest of leads to defend at the Santiago Bernabeu this Wednesday.

Indeed, the tie was only the second semi-final first leg in Champions League history to see seven goals scored and few would bet against another cracker in Spain.

Despite the win Premier League pacesetters City were left with a feeling of disappointment at only beating Real by one goal.

Real's Italian coach Carlo Ancelotti had similar mixed feelings to Pep Guardiola after an entertaining night and left with some regrets, but there was a hint of optimism in his analysis.

"As a football fan, it was a fantastic game of football," said Ancelotti.

"As a manager of Madrid, I have to take into consideration that we conceded two goals very early. But we take three goals to the Bernabeu. We now hope to get to the final."

Having wrapped up the La Liga title at the weekend, Ancelotti is free to focus all his attention on Wednesday's return leg.

Record-chasing Ancelotti is hoping to become the first head coach ever to win four Champions League titles, but another herculean effort is required given Real Madrid have been eliminated in all five previous Champions League semi-finals when they’ve lost the first leg.

Should City hold their nerve and finish the job, they will become only the fourth English side in European Cup history to make back-to-back finals after Man Utd, Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.