Euro 2020 Special
 

Bayern Munich vs PSG Headlines a Brilliant Set of UCL QF Fixtures

The UEFA Champions League (UCL) Quarter-finals draw put the entire football world in a frenzy as all the ties were mouthwatering encounters to look out for. Whether it is a replay of last year’s final in the Bayern Munich vs PSG fixture or Pep Guardiola’s return to Germany, the upcoming UCL stage will witness it all.

There are plenty of subplots in every fixture and in this blog, we will talk about them in detail. 

REAL MADRID vs LIVERPOOL

What was an enticing clash in Kyiv back in the 2018 Champions League final will replay itself in this year’s Champions League Quarter Finals. Liverpool would feel there is some unfinished business for them against Madrid following the spooky way the final panned out for the English team. Neither of the teams is in their best phase and have struggled throughout the season with injuries to key personnel. Both Zinedine Zidane and Jurgen Klopp would be under tremendous pressure coming into this tie and nothing short of progression would be satisfactory for the fan groups

This tie would also see the showdown between Sergio Ramos and Mohamed Salah after the former’s infamous tackle on the Egyptian in the 2018 final. 

Key Players to look out for: Diogo Jota (Liverpool), Thiago Alcantara (Liverpool), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Vinicius Jr (Real Madrid)

Prediction: The mighty Reds should have enough quality to go past the struggling Madrid team. Expect Liverpool to progress to the next round. 

MANCHESTER CITY vs BORUSSIA DORTMUND

It will be a return to Germany for Pep Guardiola as his team takes on the Yellow Brigade of Borussia Dortmund. Manchester City are looking like the strongest team in England this season and many pundits are backing them to win the quadruple this season. They have never gone past the Quarter-finals phase under Guardiola and the Spaniard has the best chance of changing that this season.

Dortmund, on the other hand, have had a difficult season so far and are struggling in the Bundesliga. They find themselves out of the Champions League spots in the German league and that is a big concern for the team. They arguably have the best young striker in the world in Erling Haaland who has been linked heavily with a move away from the club for next season. 

Key Players to look out for: Ilkay Gundogan (Manchester City), Kevin De Bryune (Manchester City), Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund)

Prediction: Manchester City are in the best position of qualifying for the semi-finals for the first time under Guardiola. 

BAYERN MUNICH vs PSG

The clash of the quarter-final is Bayern Munich vs PSG. Two of the best teams in the competition go head-on early in the tournament which is good news for other teams competing. This panned out to be a great final in the previous season but things could be a little different in a two-legged knockout match. Both teams were stronger in the previous season but are still of great quality. 

Bayern Munich lost Thiago Alcantara this season as the midfielder moved on to Liverpool. So far the Bavarian giants have done well to fill that role. The champions of the world are up against an in-form team in PSG which has a new manager at the helm in Mauricio Pochettino. 

Key Players to look out for: Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Kylian Mbappe (PSG), Mauro Icardi (PSG)

Prediction: This tie is too close to call. It could be anyone’s guess as Bayern Munich have the experience of performing well on this stage while PSG have the quality to upset any team on their given day. We are going for an upset as PSG might nick this one due to some individual brilliance on the day. 

PORTO vs CHELSEA

Finally, it’s the clash between the Portuguese team Porto up against an English stalwart in Chelsea. Some people have made Chelsea as overwhelming favourites coming into this tie but it won’t be as straightforward as it looks on paper. Porto came into this stage after beating a European giant in Juventus and their players gave their heart and soul on the pitch for the team in both legs. 

Chelsea have a new manager in Thomas Tuchel who is unbeaten so far in his tenure with the club. The German has for sure made the London team more resilient defensively but the attack line still needs to click for Chelsea. 

Key Players to look out for: Pepe (Porto), Sergio Oliveira (Porto), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Callum Hudson Odoi (Chelsea)

Prediction: As mentioned earlier, Chelsea start as favourites and should be able to progress to the next round. 


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