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Germany, Spain and the Champions League Quarter-Finals

Tickets to the Champions League final can be purchased through UEFA’s website, or from designated resellers. These football tickets will be extremely expensive, but seeing the very best compete for Europe’s ultimate prize is worth the money. This season’s competition is proving to be hugely exciting, particularly with the top two in Germany and Spain still in the competition. Real Madrid, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and Borussia Dortmund are the favourites to reach the semi finals, which would set up two mouth watering clashes.

Real Madrid and Barcelona are among the elite of European football. Both sides were on the brink of Champions League elimination, only to overcome adversity and progress. Real Madrid looked out of ideas and out of steam with 30 minutes left at Old Trafford, before Nani’s bizarre red card gave them a lifeline. They took the opportunity with both hands and eliminated Manchester United. Barcelona fell 2-0 in Milan but responded with a clinical 4-0 victory at Camp Nou. It will take something truly stunning to stop Messi and Ronaldo from featuring in the final.

The German giants will prove to be the Spanish duo’s greatest threat. Bayern Munich are a team to be feared by everyone. Their defensive record speaks for itself while any attack that includes Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, Mario Gomez, and Toni Kroos is one to be feared. Behind them is the formidable midfield duo of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Javi Martinez. These players allow Bayern to control most games and stifle the opposition’s attacks, giving their defense ultimate protection. With Manuel Neuer in goal and the likes of Daniel van Buyten in defence, Bayern are well endowed in every position.

The rise of Borussia Dortmund has been unexpected and a pleasant surprise. After winning the past two Bundesliga titles, Dortmund have their attention fixed on the Champions League this season. Despite losing Shinji Kagawa to Manchester United, Dortmund have continued to improve. The signing of Marco Reus helped, as did the return to fitness of Mario Gotze. Their trickery, the skill and intensity of Ilkay Gundogan, Nuri Sahin, Jakub Blaszczykowski and the goal poaching skills of Robert Lewandowski make Dortmund a decidedly tricky opponent.

Dortmund topped a group which included Real Madrid and Manchester City. Their pedigree is in no doubt. The dominating performances from the defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Neven Subotic have ensured that Dortmund are a complete team. Their brisk counter-attacking style can leave the best opponents in their wake and the fearlessness the team demonstrates will see them go far in this competition.

There are plenty of subplots to the Champions League quarter finals. Real Madrid’s Jose Mourinho will be reunited against Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder, two players with whom he achieved the greatest success. Barcelona will look to continue without the services of their coach, Tito Vilanova, who is still recuperating from cancer. A reborn Juventus will provide the sternest of tests for Bayern Munich, who were lackadaisical in their second leg against Arsenal.

One thing is clear; there are plenty of terrific games to look forward to and it will take something extraordinary to win this season’s UEFA Champions League.

Champions League tickets are becoming a true luxury at this stage of the competition and these football tickets can go into the thousands of pounds, demonstrating the popularity of Europe’s ultimate club competition.

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