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Champions League semi-final schedule, live stream, storylines: how to watch UCL on Paramount+, what you need to know

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Champions League semi-final schedule, live stream, storylines: how to watch UCL on Paramount+, what you need to know

A star-studded edition of the UEFA Champions League semi-finals gets underway on Tuesday with a place in the June 1 final at London’s Wembley Stadium within reach for the last four remaining teams.

The proceedings begin with Real Madrid’s visit to Bayern Munich, perhaps the headliner of the penultimate round. Both teams will arrive at the Allianz Arena with some high-profile names such as Vinicius Junior and Harry Kane, making the clash a test of both teams’ defensive resolve as much as their attacking skills.

Play resumes a day later in Germany when Borussia Dortmund welcomes Paris Saint-Germain. This will be Dortmund’s first Champions League semi-final since their appearance in the final in 2013, but they will face a PSG side who are starting to prove they are much more than a one-man team – even with Kylian Mbappe on the pitch.

Here’s what you need to know before the high-stakes matchups, all of which you can enjoy Biggest+.

How to watch

As always, every minute of the Champions League action can be streamed Biggest+ but coverage of the semifinals will be available on multiple CBS platforms. UEFA Champions League Today’s pre-game show and both matches this week will be simulcast on CBS, while post-game coverage will switch to CBS Sports Network. CBS Sports Golazo Network will also broadcast CBS Sports Golazo Matchday on Tuesday and Wednesday and will follow up with Scoreline and the Champions Club after both matches. Tuesday’s coverage on CBS Sports Golazo Network concludes with the latest edition of Kickin’ It, featuring an interview with rapper Trae Tha Truth.

TV schedule semi-finals

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Storylines for the semi-finals

Bayern’s last score?: By most accounts, this has been a season to forget for Bayern Munich, whose 12-year run at the top of the Bundesliga is officially over and a domestic cup consolation prize isn’t even an option. And yet the weakest version of Bayern in recent memory is in the semi-finals of the Champions League, offering a very noticeable silver lining to a cloudy season. There’s just one problem: they probably have the toughest road to the final than any of the remaining teams.

They have the task of beating Real Madrid, now the tournament favorites after the elimination of Manchester City and a team with a knack for getting away with consistency time and time again. It required a range of tactics, including an over-reliance on different players depending on the game state. Against City, Los Blancos leaned on their defense, but against Byaern they are expected to aim for an attacking field day with the likes of Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo and Jude Bellingham in good form.

This forces the question: is Bayern ultimately up to the task? Harry Kane is a reliable goalscorer with 42 goals in 42 games and can keep them going all the time. Their defense, however, has been the opposite, with Matthijs de Ligt and Eric Dier responsible for several shaky moments at the back, including their first-leg draw against Arsenal in the quarter-finals. The pair may have had the best result in their second-leg victory over the Gunners, but Real Madrid’s goalscorers could be a completely different story.

The Mbappe factor: The past few months at PSG have essentially been Mbappe’s farewell tour, especially in the Champions League where he continues to be positioned as their main man. However, Luis Enrique’s team have shown that he can succeed on both Mbappe’s good and bad days, making them firm favorites against Dortmund.

However, their recent performances beg the question: how big of a role will the World Cup winner actually play in the remainder of this Champions League campaign? As the quarter-final win over Barcelona proves, goals can come from many different contenders. For example, Ousmane Dembélé and Vitinha were the standouts in the last round. PSG are becoming less and less reliant on Mbappe, which is good news for their prospects in the near future and could lead to some arguments that they are a surprisingly effective team that can’t be counted out when it comes to winning the whole thing.

Mbappe undoubtedly makes PSG better when he is at his best, and the end of his journey with his hometown club has been perhaps the biggest storyline of the Champions League season. With a high-profile finish in London looming, could he emerge as the key player of the semi-finals as he chases his first Champions League title, or will PSG start to cement their image without him in the process?