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The semi-finals go to Casablanca, two classics on the menu

ByRoborto Sykes

Oct 17, 2020

The Champions League resumes its rights this weekend after (very) long months of interruption due to the coronavirus. All eyes will be on Casablanca, where take place under high health protection, the Covid-19 pandemic requires, two shocks between Wydad and Al-Ahly, Saturday, then between Raja and Zamalek the next day on behalf of the innings to go. The return matches will take place on October 23 and 24 in Egypt, where the final is also scheduled to be played on November 6. Unless of course if it had to oppose the two rival teams of Casablanca.

For Raja, champion of Morocco, as for Wydad, his runner-up and predecessor to the prize list, it will be a question of getting ahead, in a context far removed from the usual fervor of the Mohamed V complex. To note that the four clubs have changed coaches at least once a season, sometimes with sets of musical chairs. So the South African Pitso Mosimane left the Mamelodi Sundowns for Al-Ahly. And what about Patrice Carteron? The French coach left Raja, now coached by Jamal Sellami, for his opponent, Zamalek, then the Egyptian giant for Al-Taawoun in Saudi Arabia last month. Portuguese Jaime Pacheco replaced him at the helm of the White Knights and will lead his first Champions League matches. Will he have beginner’s luck? First elements of response Sunday.