On to the Barça-Real in Youth League?

Start today FC Barcelona and Real Madrid as favourites in the semi-finals of the “baby Champions League”. RB Salzburg and Benfica are the challengers.

The U19 FC Barcelona. © BELGAIMAGE

Real Madrid – Benfica and FC Barcelona – RB Salzburg, that are the semi-finals in the Youth League, who on april 21 finished in the Swiss Nyon. Three days later, there than the final. The last two editions were won by Chelsea, but because the Blues this season has not qualified for the Champions League continued with the youth squad at home.

The Youth League is an ideal platform for young talents to be in the favor of the A-team and of the football fans to play. Leroy Sané, Renato Sanches, Marcus Rashford, Kingsley Coman… all of them pierced the first time the nose on the window in this European beloftencompetitie. Again, it is look forward to what stars of tomorrow can be found.

As with the revelation of Salzburg (in the quarter-finals Atlético Madrid left off), where much revolves around the Austrian midfielder Xaver Schlager, nineteen years, and by his coaches praised for his leadership qualities, excellent pedaling technique and playmaking. He should this season also join the A-team, with more in the Europe Leaguewedstrijd against Schalke 04.

When opponent is FC Barcelona runs an even younger groeibriljant around: Jordi Mboula, referred to as ‘the new Thierry Henry’. The seventeen-year-old Spaniard with Congolese roots arranged in this Youth League for one of the most beautiful goals so far, with a fantastic solo against Borussia Dortmund. Therein were his main qualities are perfectly manifested: speed and dribbelvaardigheid. With seven hits, he is provisionally second in the topschutterslijst of the Youth League, one goal of Ajaxspits Kaj Sierhuis. Against Salzburg he goes looking for the topschutterstitel, although that is also the direction of Mergim Berisha (7 goals), the Albanian achiever of the Austrian club.

FC Barcelona is the big favorite for this edition, all hopes Real Madrid finally to win again after the 2014 and 2016 each was killed in the semi-finals.

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