Sunday, 14 April, 2024

UCL: Quarterfinal draws produce 4 exciting fixtures

European football’s premium competition, the UEFA Champions League has reached the quarterfinal stage and the 8 remaining teams paired into 4 fixtures that are set to keep the fans glued to their TV sets.

Manchester City vs Borussia Dortmund

Always fun to watch when two attacking teams meet, a fixture that guarantees goals as both Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund continue their quest for a first UCL title.

City are overwhelming favourites to advance though,Pep Guardiola’s men have conceded just once in eight UCL games so far this season, winning 7 and drawing 1, and will more than likely beat Dortmund over two legs.t

Bayern Munich vs Paris Saint Germain

Another mammoth encounter between two giants of the game and a repeat of last year’s Champions League final, PSG will get a chance to avenge their loss against Bayern Munich.

Defending champions, Bayern have so far proven that they’re still the team to beat and it will take a lot of quality and luck to snatch the crown from them, qualities that PSG possess in abundance.

FC Porto vs Chelsea

Before the season started, neither of these teams looked like Champions League Semifinalists, and now one of them will certainly be as Porto and Chelsea prepare to fight for that spot.

Porto claimed the biggest shock of the previous round, knocking out Italian giants, Juventus against all odds and will be looking to do so again as they’re once more the underdogs.

Chelsea on the other hand have been a team reborn under new coach Thomas Tuchel. They comfortably saw off Atletico Madrid in the round of 16 and are expected to do so with Porto as well, an intriguing tie awaits.

Real Madrid vs Liverpool

Liverpool have been drawn against Real Madrid and both teams will face each other for the first time since they met in the 2018 Champions League final.

The Reds will be dreaming of glory because this year’s Final will be played at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, the same ground where they lifted the trophy in 2005 after that historic comeback win against Milan.

They’d have to go through the all-time highest UCL winners in Real Madrid to achieve that dream. And although Zidane’s men have not been as good as they normally are, they’re still Real Madrid.

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