As the football season shrinks in leagues around the world, including the Premier League, Serie A and La Liga, some of Europe’s elite teams remain in a tight competition that promises the most coveted trophy in all of football. of clubs: the European Champions Club Cup.
From April 6, the quarter-finals of the Champions League will kick off with two successful clashes: Real Madrid v Liverpool and Manchester City v Borussia Dortmund.
On April 7, two more mega battles between Bayern Munich against Paris Saint-Germain and Porto against Chelsea. These matches will be the first stop in two. The return matches will take place a week later.
The road to the final was also paved in this quarterfinal draw. The winner of Real Madrid against Liverpool will face the winner of Porto against Chelsea. On the other side of the bracket, the winner of Bayern and PSG will face the winner of Manchester City and BVB.
The most interesting link is undoubtedly between two clubs of European royalty. The record 13-time UEFA champion Real Madrid and six-time European champion Liverpool.
The record holders are not the same team from the past. These are not the Madrid of Zinedine Zidane and David Beckham, or even Cristiano Ronaldo just half a decade ago. However, they are still a quality team who have fought for second place in La Liga, at the time of writing.
In this game, they will build on their best talisman this season, Karim Benzema, up front and hope guys like Luka Modric and Raphael Varane can anchor midfield and defense. One thing to note however is that they will be without their decorated captain Sergio Ramos who will be missing both legs.
The current England champions, who have had a rather surprising and disappointing season, have just picked up a 3-0 win over Arsenal at the Emirates in the Premier League. Diogo Jota continued his excellent play and scored two goals to propel the Reds to victory.
Even though Klopp’s men have had a mini debacle and find themselves out of the top 4 in England at the moment, they are still the team that won a European Cup and pushed Guardiola’s City to the max while reaching 97 and 99 points in a single Premier. League season in consecutive years.
That being said, they haven’t played like that same team this season. Maybe it’s because of their tired legs catching up with them or maybe the players are mentally controlled or not up to par after two otherworldly seasons. Whatever the answer, Liverpool have been back in shape lately and will have it for Madrid. Liverpool are looking for revenge because of this final of the 2018 Champions League in Kiev where Real Madrid triumphed over the men in red.
Ultimately we’ll see Liverpool advance past both legs in a tight tie to face Chelsea who will come out on top in their draw against Porto.
Many may see this Chelsea vs Porto game as the most one-sided game in this draw, and most likely it is. Porto will present a problem, but it won’t be enough to defeat Tuchel’s men.
The new man in charge at Stamford Bridge has changed the squad for the better and despite last weekend’s surprising 2-5 loss to West Bromwich Albion, Chelsea will book their UCL semi-final ticket to face Liverpool .
On the other side of the medium we will see Manchester City, who have been on fire this season, take on Norway’s Cyborg Erling Haaland and Borussia Dortmund in a highly anticipated game. Some may also see it as Erling Haaland’s prelude to joining City this summer. After all, his father played there at the time.
Manchester City will continue to progress after two fierce battles as long as Pep Guardiola doesn’t think too hard and come out with questionable tactics like he did against Lyon in the round of 16 last year. Needless to say, it didn’t go well.
If City show up and play football, they’ve been playing all season, dominating possession, creating chances in midfield with KDB or whether it’s with a full-back like Joao Cancelo who can come out of defense and function like a box. creative. in the middle of the field, they will find a way to pass. Of course, BVB will not be child’s play and will hold its own. We can expect to see a goal or two on both legs, but don’t think it will be too hard to kick City out of their game.
In the last quarter-final, the current holder, Bayern Munich, will face the French champion, Paris Saint-Germain. This is a team led by the world’s most promising youngster alongside Erling Haaland, Kylian Mbappe. And of course, we can’t forget Neymar who will be ready to dress for the tie. In the end, the Bavarians will be too much for the Parisians as Ballon D’Or candidate Robert Lewandowski will continue to show why he is the best striker in the world. Joshua Kimmich will continue to anchor the defense with Thomas Muller also connecting the attack. Bayern will hit their ticket to face Manchester City in the semi-finals.
A lot can happen, from upheaval to injury, so any concrete prediction would be foolish. Barring anything exceptional, Bayern Munich are expected to come out on one side of the support to face Liverpool in a UCL heavyweight final.