The Champions League is back and it brings a lot of excitement with it! Last month, when the draws for the quarter-finals and semi-finals, it was clear that we were in for one of the best seasons in recent times of Europe’s premier football competition and we can’t wait to get started.
The first pair of quarter-final first leg clashes pits Manchester City against Borussia Dortmund. This game is crucial to both teams as City chase a historic quadruple while the Champions League could be Dortmund’s last chance at returning for the Champions League next season.
BVB have been below par in the Bundesliga this season and find themselves in 5th place and out of the Champions League as things stand. The game could also be Erling Haaland’s audition as there are rumours that City are looking to sign him to replace the departing Sergio Aguero.
In the second game on Tuesday, record holders Real Madrid host a Liverpool side that looks a complete shadow of the team they have been in the last 2 seasons. Asides grudges between both teams following their fiery 2018 final, the Champions League could be both teams last chance of a trophy this season making it all the more exciting.
The second pair of quarter-finals features a repeat of last year’s final as Bayern Munich and PSG face off again. Bayern will be without their talisman Robert Lewandowski who sustained a knee injury while on international duty. PSG meanwhile will have Neymar back after the Brazilian forward missed both of their round of 16 matches against Barcelona.
In the second game on Wednesday, FC Porto will host Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea. The blues were favourites when the draws were made last month. However they suffered their first defeat under Tuchel last weekend, a surprise 5-2 trashing at home against West Brom.
FC Porto on the other hand cannot be underrated following their strong showing to knock out Juventus at the round of 16 with 10 men for majority of the game.
The Portuguese Champions will however be without key pair Mehdi Taremi and Sérgio Oliveira due to suspensions. Both legs of these games will be played at Sevilla’s Estadio Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan due to covid travel restrictions.
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