Ranking the Champions League Quarter Finals
The stage is set for the Champions League quarter finals, highlighted by some mouth-watering clashes between Europe's elite.
The greatest club competition in the world, the UEFA Champions League, is down to the final eight teams, with the quarter final matchups now set after Friday’s draw in Switzerland.
All three remaining Spanish clubs managed to avoid each other, but it’s an all-English clash which might produce the most entertaining quarter final tie. Every clash is interesting, but we’ve done some Champions League homework and ranked all four matchups from the most to least interesting.
1. Liverpool vs Manchester City
Do not miss a minute of this quarter final, as we expect goals, and plenty of them! These sides have met twice in the Premier League this season, with two very different results, as City thumped Liverpool 5-0 in September, but lost to the Reds in a thrilling 4-3 contest at Anfield in January.
2. Juventus vs Real Madrid
A rematch of last season’s final, where Real broke Juve hearts with an emphatic 4-1 win in Cardiff. Expect this tie to be much closer, with Juventus physically targeting Cristiano Ronaldo and frustrating their opponents with a defensive mindset. Unlike the final, the quarter finals are played over two legs (home and away), so expect an extremely cagey and tense first leg in Turin.
3. Barcelona vs Roma
While Barcelona have the much stronger team on paper, it’s important to remember that soccer is played on grass - not paper! Out of all eight sides remaining, Roma is the only one to have never won a trophy in Europe, and really have nothing to lose. Their Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson is being courted by almost every big club in Europe, and will relish the chance to stop Barca superstar Lionel Messi.
4. Sevilla vs Bayern Munich
Sevilla have been the surprise packet in this season’s Champions League, and were impressive in their shock 2-1 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford in the round of 16. Bayern have been cruising in typical Bayern fashion, crushing Turkish club Besiktas 8-1 on aggregate in the last round, and enjoying a 17 point lead in the Bundesliga. Apologies to Sevilla fans but this could get ugly for the Spanish side.
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