Ajax and Barcelona are this season’s first two UEFA Champions League semi-finalists, with the remaining quarter-finals to be concluded on Wednesday night.

2018/19 semi-finals
Tottenham or Manchester City v Ajax
Barcelona v Liverpool or Porto

Ajax (NED)

UEFA ranking: 22
This season: P16 W9 D6 L1 F32 A14 (including qualifying)
Top scorer: Dušan Tadić (6, or 9 including qualifying)
Last semi-final: 1996/97, L1-6 v Juventus
European Cup semi-final record: W6 L2
European Cup best: winners x4 (1971, 1972, 1973, 1995)
Top #UCLfantasy scorer: Dušan Tadić (53 points)

Why they might win it: They dethroned champions Real Madrid, and then stopped Cristiano Ronaldo in his tracks, so what else is left to fear?

Barcelona (ESP)

UEFA ranking: 2
This season: P10 W7 D3 L0 F23 A6
Top scorer: Lionel Messi (10)
Last semi-final: 2014/15, W5-3 v Bayern München
European Cup semi-final record: W7 L8
European Cup best: winners x5 (1992, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2015)
Top #UCLfantasy scorer: Lionel Messi (54 points)

Why they might win it: Messi has never had to wait more than four years between European titles – why start now?

The semi-final first legs will be played on Tuesday 30 April and Wednesday 1 May, with the returns taking place the following week. Specific match dates will be confirmed in due course.


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