Gustavo Poyet predicts who will reach the Champions League final

Gus Poyet

The Uruguayan has chosen his favourites for the elite European competition.

Following his sacking by Sunderland last March, after a dismal run of results and with the Black Cats struggling to avoid relegation, Gustavo Poyet is still actively seeking his next managerial post.

In the meantime, he's happily trying his hand at football punditry, offering his views and thoughts about other teams and competitions.

Speaking with TMW ahead of the crucial Champions League semi-final games this week, Poyet made his predictions, analysing who he thinks will be competing in the Berlin final, after the second-leg encounters.

On Tuesday night, Barcelona take their 3-0 advantage to the Allianz Arena, with Bayern Munich expected to throw everything into attack, hopeful they can make a remarkable comeback.

Asked for his views on that encounter, Poyet predicted: "Barcelona is Barcelona. I don't believe for one minute that they won't score one or two goals, at the home of Bayern, as they'll be missing Ribery and Robben."

So with the former Chelsea and Tottenham star feeling Barcelona are guaranteed a place in the final, how did he feel about Real Madrid's chances of a comeback, when they face Juventus at the Bernabeu?

Not so favourably towards Ancelotti's side, as Poyet suggested: "Juventus have a great chance of doing well there and getting through to the final."

As for his reasons for that prediction, Poyet concluded: "Real Madrid haven't looked in good form of late, from what I've seen of their recent games."

It could be that Poyet was referring to the 2-2 draw between Real Madrid and Valencia, at the weekend. A result that means Los Blancos have practically no chance of winning La Liga now, save for an unlikely collapse by Barcelona, in the remaining two games of the season.

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