Vinicius, in an action against Atalanta.AFP7 via Europa Press / Europa Press
Real Madrid knows this Friday, starting at 12.00 (Movistar Champions League), its rival in the quarterfinals of the Champions League . It is a draw of all against all, without any conditions. The first leg matches will be played on April 6 and 7, and the return matches on April 13 and 14. It will also be known which pairings can occur in the semifinals.
The Premier has placed three teams in this round (Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool) and the Bundesliga , two (Bayern and Dortmund). PSG (France), Porto (Portugal) and Real Madrid complete the table of the eight classified. This is how the possible rivals of the Spanish team arrive.
The champion continues his business
Bayern , the perfect machine that rolled over in Europe last summer, continues with well-greased nuts. A month ago they became the second team in history, after Guardiola's Barcelona, which won all six titles in a season with the Club World Cup . He continues to command in the Bundesliga (four points above Leipzig) and in the Champions League he has gone without problems so far ( 6-2 against Lazio in the round of 16). Atlético was received in October in Europe with a 4-0 in Munich . At the moment, there is no news in Bavaria. Lewandowski continues to put them in pairs (39 goals) and the team that dazzled last season was joined by Leroy Sané (eight goals) and Spaniard Marc Roca , out of focus so far
PSG looks for its place
PSG is still looking for its definition this campaign. He submitted Barcelona at the Camp Nou ( 1-4 ) with a great Mbappé, but he had a bad time in the second leg ( 1-1 ), with Messi missing a penalty that could be key. And in the French League, which had been a garden for the Parisians, they are now second, three points behind Lille. In the quarterfinals, except for a fatal unforeseen event, the runner-up recovers Neymar , who again lost a round of 16. The meeting of stars and the financial injection of a state like Qatar does not leave room for triggers in the team trained since December by Mauricio Pochettino . The last silver put them one step away from their real goal.
A City launched
The Champions League is the pending pike in the history of Manchester City. In fact, it has never reached a final. The 2015/16 semi-finals, which they lost against Real Madrid, were their highest level. His case is similar to that of PSG. The high investment in the last decade puts the citizens under pressure to strike in Europe. This time, Guardiola's team reaches the decisive rounds with all the tailwind: hegemonic in the Premier (leader with 14 points of advantage over United), a loss and 24 recent victories, and a football that places it among the great aspirants to the orejona . In the round of 16 they unceremoniously dispatched Gladbach (4-0 aggregate ).
Liverpool with cracks
"We are not stupid either and, for now, it does not seem that this season we are going to win the Champions League," said Jürgen Klopp as soon as Leipzig eliminated in the second round final by a 4-0 aggregate. Actually, that had been Liverpool's best moment in weeks. The German coach wanted to lower expectations with a team, dominating the tournament in 2019 and the Premier last year, who have been punctured. The Reds , without Van Dijk injured, are five points away from the Champions League places, and the absence of an audience in the Anfield lair has led them to a negative record at home (six losses in a row in the League) when they came from 68 matches and 1,366 days without losing. Against the backdrop of this crisis, the breakdown within his attacking trio ( Salah-Firmino-Mané )
Tuchel's Chelsea is something else
Chelsea's recent life changed radically when Thomas Tuchel came to replace Stanford Bridge from local idol Frank Lampard . That didn't happen long ago, at the end of January. Since then, 13 games, nine wins, no losses and just two goals conceded. In full flood, in the quarterfinals he aired Atlético, whom he won in both duels (0-1 and 2-0) and submitted especially in the return from London . The arrival of the German coach to the blue bench, after his dismissal a month before PSG, has awakened the trajectory of a team that had left the checkbook last summer with the signings of Havertz (80 million), Werner (53), Chilwell (50), Ziyech (40) and Mendy (24). In the Premier it is fourth.
The Haaland buffalo threatens the whole of Europe
The pandemic left Dortmund without its towering yellow wall in the Westfalenstadion, but it still has its attacking buffalo, Erling Haaland . The dominance of the rival goal of this 20-year-old Norwegian big man, unknown to the general public until a year ago, has made him the object of desire of any great, including Sergio Ramos, and a weapon of mass destruction in every area step on. His numbers are simply overwhelming: he has 31 goals this season, ten of them in the six Champions League games he has played. It never goes empty every time it shows up in Europe. Al Sevilla, in the second round, he endorsed four . The German team suffers on defense, but the attacking alliance formed by Halaand and Jadon Sancho makes them fearsome against anyone
Porto resists Pepe
The passage of the dragoes through Turin caused a systemic crisis in Juventus and in aspirations Cristiano Ronaldo's personals. Throughout the round of 16, Porto was torture for the Italians. Well armed behind under the orders of ex-Madridista Pepe (38 years old), the Portuguese have grown up in the competition with a blow of resistance. On the return leg, away from home, they played one hour with one less and, with five minutes remaining for penalties, Sergio Oliveira, who will not be in the first installment of the quarters, executed Juve. That was their great night of glory because in their League they are paler than anything else, ten points behind Sporting de Portugal.
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