Lat the moment of truth I arrived for Real Madrid, Liverpool, Manchester City, Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint Germain, Porto y Chelsea, who from this Tuesday will face them in the quarterfinals of the Champions League, with qualifying rounds to be killed or killed, in round-trip matches.
In this round there is no room for mistakes, much less to grant advantages and yes to stay focused beyond the statutory ninety minutes, driven by tactical order and forcefulness, because any oversight will make a difference and the future in the competition.
There are only eight teams left, of which, only four will survive this round, with matches so evenly that one could hardly make a forecast when Real Madrid faced Liverpool, Manchester City against Dortmund, Porto against Chelsea and Bayern Munich against PSG, the latter in the reissue of the final of the last Champions League.
First leg matches
Tuesday April 6
Real Madrid vs Liverpool
One of the most even confrontations will be the one between Real Madrid and Liverpool, two of the great and historical of Europe.
Fully involved in his fight to conquer LaLiga, the merengue team will now have to focus all their batteries on the Champions League, facing the champion of England, but with a winning inertia with which accumulates eight victories in the first leg, in the last nine heats in European competition.
Maybe the Reds aren’t going through their prime, without being the overwhelming team of previous seasons, but always with the level and the quality to beat anyone.
Real Madrid try to take advantage of their home at the Alfredo Di Stefano Stadium, although it will also be important to avoid receiving goals away from Liverpool.
Manchester City vs Borussia Dortmund
Another of the most attractive grabs of the quarterfinals be the one who will support City and Dortmund, two teams that like offensive football and that they will leave everything on the court to get their ticket to the semifinals.
Those led by Pep Guardiola have had an outstanding campaign in the Premier League, of which they are absolute leaders and already caress the title, with a balanced team in all its lines and a powerful offensive, with which they will seek to take advantage of the outward journey to pay for the visit next week.
Enfrente, Borussia Dortmund march in the fifth position of the Bundesliga, far from fighting the championship against Bayern Munich, but ready to stay alive in the Champions League, with striker Erling Haaland as his main weapon.
Wednesday April 7
Bayern Munich vs PSG
Eight months ago, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint Germain they were playing the 2020 Champions League title, which the Germans took home. Today, one of the two being out in the quarterfinal stage, which put them face to face again starting this Wednesday at the Allianz Arena.
The Teutonic side is on its way to the title in the Bundesliga and has the firm intention of getting the double championship in the Champions for which it has the objective of eliminating PSG. Bayern will have a sensitive loss with the absence of Robert Lewandowski, who is injured.
The French team is second in Ligue 1, three points behind leader Lille, but with the concern of paying off an outstanding debt with Bayern, to which trust to get out of the way to look for a new Champions final. PSG I already got Neymar back, but not having Marco Verratti, after having tested positive for the coronavirus.
Porto vs Chelsea
Porto wants to continue doing things well in the Champions League and for that thinks to end the aspirations of Chelsea.
With Tecatito Corona in one of his best moments and the conjunction that the team has achieved, the Portugal team must gain an advantage in the first leg, in which administratively appear as a local at the Ramn Snchez Pizjun Stadium in Seville, Spain, venue to host the two matches of this tie.
The Dragons, who eliminated Juventus in the last 16, remain in the fight for the Primeira Liga, of which they are second, although for them it is very important to advance to the semifinals of the Champions League, an aspiration that the Blues also have as they no longer have a chance of reaching the Premier League crown.
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Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my email@example.com 1-800-268-7116