Champions League Preview: Quarterfinals

Neymar Making a Move on the Sideline

 

 

The first aggregate of the quarterfinals was more than exciting. We saw PSG continue their dominance as they took a 3-2 lead over Bayern Munich. Chelsea and Real Madrid have jumped out to 2 goal leads. Manchester City is up 2-1 on the young Dortmund squad. None of these games are out of reach though, so we’re here to give you a preview of all Champions League quarterfinal matches. 

Chelsea vs FC Porto (April 13th, 3pm ET)

Chelsea comes into this game after a perfect performance in the first leg. The Blues are currently up 2-0 on aggregate and will be playing this game at home. With goals from both Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell, the Blues look like they will be able to put the tie to bed. Chelsea has had great form as of late, going 6-1-1 in their last 8 matches. This 2-0 lead could be deadly, even for FC Porto who has already pulled off a major upset. The Blues have been great this year on defense along with their offensive output. Ever since the hiring of Thomas Tuchel as manager, Chelsea has changed their entire mindset. The Blues have only given up 2 goals in the Champions League this season, so I don’t see them giving up 2 here.

Prediction: Chelsea 1-1 FC Porto (3-1 aggregate, Chelsea advance)

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Paris Saint-German vs Bayern Munich (April 13th, 3pm ET)

This is a tough spot for the defending champions. In Munich, PSG took down Bayern 3-2 in a great back-and-forth matchup. Not only are the defending champions already down on the road, but they are also without their best player. Robert Lewandowski just returned to running drills on Monday so he will not be in the lineup for Bayern on Wednesday. Along with Lewandowski, Serge Gnarbry and Niklas Süle are out as well. For PSG, injuries are not the main story this year. Kylian Mbappé and Neymar are both healthy and ready to go. It is always difficult to back Paris Saint-German in the Champions League due to their constant heartbreaking losses, but I don’t see that happening here.

Prediction: Paris Saint-German 1-2 Bayern Munich (4-4 aggregate, PSG advance on away goals)

Borussia Dortmund vs Manchester City (April 14th, 3pm ET)

Even though Dortmund is down 2-1, they are not in a bad spot coming into this second leg. Manchester City dominated most of the first leg after an early goal from Kevin De Bruyne. That was until the 84th minute when Marco Reus scored the equalizer. Just six minutes later, Phil Foden scored the game-winner to put City on top going into Dortmund. This sets up what should be a very exciting second-leg matchup. Everyone knows about Manchester City’s dominance. City is currently on their way to win the Premier League and has a very good chance to win the Champions League.

If there was a squad to pull this major upset, it would be Dortmund. With the front three of Reus, Haaland, and Hazard, this team can cause trouble. That goes without mentioning Jadon Sancho, who is questionable to play this week. They already have their away goal, so holding City to a clean sheet could be major. That’s a very hard thing to do though.

Prediction: Borussia Dortmund 1-2 Manchester City (2-4 aggregate, Manchester City advances)

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Liverpool vs Real Madrid (April 14th, 3pm ET)

Whether it is the Champions League or the Premier League, Liverpool has struggled this year. Real Madrid comes into this matchup up 3-1 after a dominant first leg. With this two-goal lead, they’re in the exact position they were hoping for. Liverpool is going to need a massive game from Mohamed Salah and Diogo Jota if they’re going to make this comeback. Both Salah and Jota have done a good job of getting shots off but have not been on their normal level of goal scoring. Trent Alexander-Arnold has also been in great form lately for Liverpool. To make this comeback, they’ll need it all. 

Prediction: Liverpool 2-1 Real Madrid (3-4 aggregate, Real Madrid advances)

This week’s Champions League matches will be very interesting. As we come down to the final four teams, we will get to see what each squad is truly made of. Who do you think has the best chance to advance here? Let us know.

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