UEFA defined this Friday the matchups for the Champions League’s quarter finals, that will take place in Portugal, during the month of August. Some matches of the 8th finals still need to be finished, but the path of each club is already defined.
PSG IS FACING ATALANTA
Paris Saint-Germain will look to win their first Champions League trophy and after going through Borussia Dortmund, on the 8th finals, now the opponents will be Atalanta. The Italian side is also looking for their first title on their first participation on this competition.
In favour of the Parisians is their starry roster, with a super powerful attack, with Neymar and Mbappé playing very well. However, the team hasn’t played an official match since the league was stopped, still in March.
After that, the federation decided to stop the competition and that makes PSG one of the only clubs at this stage who will have much less competitive rhythm than the others.
Atalanta has been playing really well, having 11 consecutive victories between the Italian Serie A and the Champions League. They have an interesting playstyle, vertical, with quick transitions and have one of the best attacks in Italy. PSG might be the favourites because of the name, but it won’t be easy at all.
RB LEIPZIG WILL HAVE ATLÉTICO DE MADRID ON THEIR PATH
This is another encounter from this side of the draw, where both teams are fighting for the first Champions League title. The Germans from Leipzig were making a great campaign, until the final stretch of the Bundesliga, where they slipped up a lot.
In the Champions League they still have chances, being a team that tends to play in transition. However, they are facing a team that is precisely ideal to break this playstyle.
Simeone’s Atlético already had to face the current champions Liverpool, and they’ve beaten them at Anfield.
They are a team that does not play flashy football, posting themselves in order to take the speed out of the opposition and try to play in transition. They were immensely suffocated in England, but they came out on top.
I don’t see any favourites here. I wouldn’t bet on Atlético but I don’t doubt they are capable to win here.
REAL OR CITY X JUVENTUS OR LYON
The other side of the draw promises a lot of excitement. The draw, coincidentally, separated the teams who have already advanced from those who are still looking for their spot. Real Madrid and Manchester City will fight to decide who advances.
On the 1st leg, City have beaten the merengues by 2-1 at Santiago Bernabéu. City ended up playing better before the stoppage, but Real improved after the return. I consider City still have a foot on the quarter finals, but Zidane’s team is clearly growing.
Juventus are the favourites here, firstly due to the technical quality of the team. They’ve lost the first match, but they come here with a much higher rhythm than Lyon, who just like PSG hasn’t played an official match since March.
The Italians have CR7 while the French have the power of a well-trained roster, but the French football association affected that second aspect.
I would bet on City against Juve, in Lisbon, and I’d give the favouritism to Guardiola’s side.
BARCELONA OR NAPOLI X BAYERN OR CHELSEA
On the first encounter, nothing was decided yet. Barcelona and Napoli drew in Italy, and now Messi once again must pull out something special. This is a team that has been playing poorly but has some moments of brilliance.
I could even say that everything changes when the Champions League comes, but on the past couple of seasons, the surprising eliminations do not confirm that.
On the 2nd encounter, there is nothing to be decided. Bayern will be in the quarter finals, after having beaten Chelsea by 3-0 at Stamford Bridge.
Bayern is one of the best playing teams in Europe these days, having Lewandowski at a terrific moment of form and a very well-mounted roster. Chelsea had some good performances recently, but nothing that can threaten this qualification.
Dos últimos 31 gols marcados pelo Barcelona na LaLiga, Messi participou de 24 diretamente
Desde que a Liga foi retomada, o Barça fez 17 gols e Messi participou de 11
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Be it against Barcelona or Napoli, I would put my money on the Germans, and I would even say that they’re capable of winning the competition.
Of course we will see an unusual format, with only one leg deciding who advances and who gets eliminated, anything can happens and a moment of brilliance from CR7 or Messi can decide everything. But so far, neither of these teams who are fighting for the title is playing better than Bayern.
Anything can happen and we will follow it closely, in August, on the Super Champions League in Lisbon, Portugal. It is not as we had imagined, nor as we’d like it to be, but still, it will be the biggest club competition in the world, gathering the best clubs, and it will once again be very exciting.