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Semi-Final 2 - Epic Team Battle (Champions League Edition)

Barcelona 2010-2011 vs Real Madrid 2016-2017

Champions League has given us some really epic moments. The miracle of Istanbul, United’s last-minute victory over Bayern, and also in this seasons where the major comebacks have been standing in line. But what is the most epic team since the start of Champions League? Tough to answer, because most teams have had their eras at different times. You can help us decide in this epic team battle where we’re putting 8 of the best Champions League teams against each other. Only criteria are this: the team needs to have won at least one Champions League title since the 92–93 season, so no European Cup’s is taking into consideration.

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This second semi-final is an all Spanish match up. Barcelona won with 63% of the votes in our Facebook poll against the 04/05 Liverpool team. Real Madrid just squeezed a 51% victory against the 12/13 Bayern Munich team.

Barcelona 2010-2011:

With Pep Guardiola as manager, this team thrilled everyone with its tiki-taka loving style. No matter you’re personal preferences, if you like football, it was hard not to be amazed by the coherence and style of this team, and when you look at the lineup, it’s easy to see why. Of course, Lionel Messi on top, and as one of the best footballers of all times, he was the x-factor that impressed everyone, but equally important were Iniesta and Xavi at their prime. To top it off they had a solid defensive line build for possession, so much so that they were playing with a defensive midfielder (Mascherano) in central defense, because that’s how much possession they had. Truly amazing, even the Champions League final against Man Utd came out 63% vs 37% in favor of Barcelona.

Titles: La Liga, Champions League and Supercopa de España. They even made it to the final in Copa del Rey but lost to Real Madrid in extra time.

Key Player: Lionel Messi

Captain: Xavi

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Ideal Lineup:

Real Madrid 2016-2017:

This is the newest team in our battle, but you can’t really get around this Real Madrid team. This team was part of the amazing achievement of winning not two, but three Champions League trophies in a row. No team has ever done that before or since. This team of course evolved around Christiano Ronaldo as it’s number one star, but the whole team is just an abundance of talent stretching all the way to the bench. Luka Modric and Toni Kroos also deserve a mention, because they were the hart of the fast-paced transitions that characterized this Zidane team.

Titles: La Liga, Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and Fifa Club World Cup.

Key Player: Christiano Ronaldo

Captain: Sergio Ramos

Manager: Zinedine Zidane

Ideal Lineup:

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