Only the European elite remain locked in a battle to make this season's Champions League final, with the contestants of Lisbon's titanic climax set to be unearthed this week.
Real Madrid travel to the Allianz Arena for the second leg of their semi-final with Bayern Munich on Tuesday before Chelsea then play host to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday, with their scoreline carefully pitched at 0-0.
And to ensure you don't miss a minute of the action, we've compiled all the essential viewing details, along with some predictions for who will book their place in Lisbon's finale.
|Fixture||Date||Time||TV Info||Live Stream|
|Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid||April 29||7:45 p.m. BST/2:45 p.m. ET||ITV1 (U.K.), Fox Sports 1 (U.S.)||ITV Player (U.K.), Fox Soccer 2Go (U.S.)|
|Chelsea vs. Atletico Madrid||April 30||7:45 p.m. BST/2:45 p.m. ET||Sky Sports 1 (U.K.), Fox Sports 1 (U.S.)||Sky Go app (U.K.), Fox Soccer 2Go (U.S.)|
Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid
Real Madrid travel to Germany knowing that a clean sheet will guide them through to the final of this season's Champions League, but such an occurrence has been difficult to come by this term.
However, after Der FCB had already won the Bundesliga title, Borussia Dortmund showed that the feat is very much accomplishable just a fortnight ago, triumphing 3-0 in Bavaria. As Infostrada Sports state, this was the heaviest defeat of Pep Guariola's managerial career:
The 3-0 defeat by Bayern against Borussia Dortmund was the biggest ever in the coaching career of Pep Guardiola (all competitions).— Infostrada Sports (@InfostradaLive) April 12, 2014
If Real can steal an away goal as Manchester United did early on in their quarter-final fixture, Carlo Ancelotti's men will certainly feel they are the favourites to advance.
However, the question is whether Los Merengues' defensive nuances are as potent as their threat in attack, with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema sure to test Bayern's back four—or whatever defensive shape Pep Guardiola decides to line up with.
Key Player: Bastian Schweinsteiger
On his day, Bastian Schweinsteiger is capable of putting this entire Bayern Munich team on his shoulders, which is a substantial claim given the weight of pedigree in the squad.
The versatile midfield veteran struck the decisive penalty that ended this fixture in Bayern's favour two seasons ago, and his blend of disrupting the opposition's ball movement before unleashing a passing terror of his own will be essential to the side currently trailing.
Prediction: Bayern Munich 2-1 Real Madrid (Real Madrid win on away goals)
Chelsea vs. Atletico Madrid
Regardless of what tiresome criticism might come Chelsea's way as a result of their alleged parking of the proverbial bus, the Blues were nonetheless able to escape the Vicente Calderon with a very valuable stalemate scoreline last week.
However, back at Stamford Bridge, the same approach from Jose Mourinho's outfit won't quite be as acceptable, with any number of Diego Simeone's weapons capable of snatching the vital away goal.
A factor in this second leg likely to be of some intrigue again is Thibaut Courtois' inclusion, with Martin Laurence of WhoScored.com pointing out how important the goalkeeper was in the first meeting:
Thank god Atletico paid for Courtois to play— Martin Laurence (@martinlaurence7) April 22, 2014
The on-loan stopper is likely to have a bit more opposition coming his way when he makes his way back to Stamford Bridge in odd circumstances, and though the Blues' superb defence might hold out in admirable fashion, this Atleti team will ultimately prove too hot to handle.
Key Player: Koke
Diego Costa was kept from making the difference back in the Spanish capital, and the same might happen again this week unless the right support is offered from further downfield.
That's where a player of Koke's calibre steps in, the man who scored the vital quarter-final winner against Barcelona. Despite Koke being below-par against Chelsea last week, WhoScored.com's Ben McAleer points out the kind of creative presence he has the potential to be:
@nymood47 Suarez has 12 league assists this season, Di Maria (14) and Koke (13) both have more.— Ben McAleer (@BenMcAleer1) April 26, 2014
With Gabi suspended for Wednesday's second leg, Koke might be asked to shift into a more central position, but one can rest assured that the Spaniard will be a threat from wherever he might be based.
Prediction: Chelsea 1-1 Atletico Madrid (Atletico win in extra time)