The action returns in the Champions League, with the beginning of the quarterfinals. Eight dreams, eight illusions. Eight teams looking to go one step further towards the final on May 29 in Istanbul, Turkey. Here is what you need to know.
TUESDAY 6 APRIL
Real Madrid vs. Liverpool: classic duel in competition. Two weight teams head to head. Real is also on fire in the Spanish League, only three points behind Atlético de Madrid. “It will be a 180-minute final”, Zidane warned, that he will not have his captain Sergio Ramos or Carvajal (injured). The Merengue is the winner of the competition, with 13 Olympic laps.
Zidane at a press conference.
On the Liverpool side, Klopp has some casualties (Virgil Van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, Origi). In the Premier League, they beat Arsenal 3-0 last weekend, but are 25 points from the top. Because, the Champions League is his main objective in the remainder of the season.
Liverpool’s German coach.
The first leg will be played at the Bernabéu this Tuesday (16 Argentine time) and the rematch on Wednesday 14 at Anfield. TV: ESPN.
Real Madrid: Courtois; Lucas Vázquez, Varane, Nacho, Mendy; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Asensio, Benzema, Vinicius.
Liverpool: Alisson; Robertson, Kabak, Phillips, Alexander-Arnold; Thiago, Wijnaldum, Fabinho; Salah, Jota, Mané.
Manchester City vs. Dortmund: another clash between main casts. On one side, the firm Guardiola’s City, comfortable leader in the Premier and hoping that this year it will be given in La Orejona. In the other side, the threat of the Norwegian Haaland, with ten goals so far this edition.
Guardiola and Kun.
Pep’s team comes from beating Leicester last weekend, while Dortmund fell to Frankfurt in the Bundesliga and is fifth. City starts as favorites but the Germans will seek to surprise. The Teutons have some casualties: Moukoko (foot), Sancho (quadriceps), Schmelzer (knee), Witsel (Achilles tendon), Zagadou (knee)
The intractable Haaland.
The first leg will be played in England this Tuesday (16 Argentine time) and the rematch on Wednesday 14 in Germany. TV: ESPN 2.
Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Rúben Dias, Cancelo; Rodri, Gündoğan; Sterling, Bernardo Silva, Foden; De Bruyne.
Dortmund: Word; Can, Akanji, Hummels, Guerrero; Delaney, Bellingham, Dahoud, Reus; Haaland
WEDNESDAY APRIL 7
PSG vs. Bayern: last year’s final is reissued in the quarterfinals, between two serious candidates. The Germans are going for the two-time championship against a group of Pochettino (he eliminated Messi’s Barsa in the round of 16) who wants to raise the cup for the first time in their history. The Munich team will not have their star Robert Lewandowski, out due to injury.
Neymar was exposed last weekend.
However, in a press conference, Pochettino already warned: “Bayern is not just Lewandowski “. The French will not have Florenzi or Verratti for coronavirus. Meanwhile, Leandro Paredes is suspended. PSG lost last weekend against Lille for Ligue 1, with Neymar sent off and is now second. Bayern beat Leipzig and It is comfortable leader in Germany.
Robert will not be from the game.
Bayern Munich: New; Pavard, Süle, Alaba, Lucas; Kimmich, Goretzka; Sané, Müller, Coman / Gnabry; C. Moting.
PSG: Navas; Dagba, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Diallo; Gueye, Herrera; Di Maria, Neymar, Mbappe; Kean
The first leg will be played on Wednesday at 16 in Germany and the return on Tuesday 13 in France. TV: ESPN.
Porto vs. Chelsea: a priori, the crossing with the least poster, although it is still important between two teams with history in the tournament. They already know what it is to take the Olympic lap and they are going for more. The Portuguese (with Agustín Marchesín) come from leaving on the way to the Juventus by Cristiano Ronaldo. They won the last weekend in the Lusitanian league (they are second). Taremi is suspended and there are two out due to injury: Mbaye and Oliveira.
Marchesín had key saves against Juventus.
Chelsea suffered an unexpected thrashing last weekend against Albion. His DT Tuchel, a finalist in the previous edition, knows that the Blues invested a lot of money to build the squad this season and, far in the Premier (23 units from City), the Champions League is the goal. They left Atlético de Simeone in the second round. Kanté will not be from the game.
Tuchel and company eliminated Atlético in the second round.
Both the first leg (Wednesday) and the return (Tuesday 13) will be played at the stadium in Seville (Spain) due to health provisions due to the coronavirus. TV: ESPN 2 from 16.
Porto: Marchesín; Manafá, Mbemba, Pepe, Zaidu; Grujić, Uribe, Otávio, Corona; Luis Diaz, Marega
Chelsea: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rüdiger; James, Jorginho, Kovacic, Alonso; Mount, Giroud, Werner.
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