This season’s UEFA Champions League quarter-final draw has featured some interesting pairings as the top clubs in Europe continue their pursuit for European glory.
The draw took place on Friday 19 March at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland. Going into the event, the toughest team to beat was Bayern Munich, last season’s winner who hasn’t lost a single game since the commencement of this year’s UCL edition.
Chelsea Vs Porto– En route to final or end of a journey for FC Porto?
Interestingly, the last time Chelsea met a Portuguese club in the competition, the London-based club made it through to the final and emerged as Champions after beating Bayern Munich on penalty courtesy of Didier Drogba’s well-taken spot-kick in the Allianz Arena, Germany.
In light of this, most Chelsea fans may have high hopes of their club making it past Porto, the team that knocked out Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus. Despite looking like the underdogs, the two-leg encounter won’t be an easy one for Chelsea as Porto could have a point to prove.
Managed by Thomas Tuchel, last year’s finalist under the management of PSG, the Blues have won each of their four previous home games against Porto – all coming in the Champions League.
It’s their best 100 per cent-winning ratio on home soil against any side across all European competition.
Real Madrid vs Liverpool- A remake of Sergio Ramos against Mohamed Salah?
Despite claiming his tackle on the Egyptian international not been deliberate, Liverpool fans may not like the Real Madrid captain for his role in their 2018 final defeat, but Liverpool was left to lick their wounds after a 3-1 defeat on the night.
Mohammed Salah was handed a heartbreak on his debut Champions League final appearance during the first half of the 2018 UCL final after been engaged in a tussle with Sergio Ramos which resulted in a dislocated shoulder.
But he may not be the Reds’ enemy on both nights of their clash. Karim Benzema remains a threat to the Merseyside-based club as he remains the only player to have scored more goals against Liverpool in the competition’s history. His four goals are level with Didier Drogba.
Manchester City vs Dortmund- Will Guardiola and City’s hope of winning a Champions League be materialized?
Since leaving Barcelona, Pep Guardiola’s quest to capture European glory again has proven futile after his spell in Germany with Bayern and currently that of Manchester City. Facing Dortmund, the Manchester-based club has lost only once in 12 home games against Bundesliga clubs in the competition’s history- winning 12, drawing 2 and losing 1.
Unsurprisingly, that one defeat came against a Bayern Munich side managed by Pep Guardiola in October 2013.
PSG vs Bayern Munich- A possible return and revenge for Paris?
Last season’s finalists have met again and this time it’s a decider for one of them as to who propels to the next stage of the competition. Beating the likes of Barcelona and Manchester United to reach this stage, PSG would be a bit hyped as they face Bayern Munich who beat them in a 1-0 encounter thanks to a goal from Kingsley Coman.
On the other hand, Bayern Munich following their impressive run in last season’s UCL, have maintained a fine form through the start of this year’s campaign as Flick’s men have scored 24 goals and conceded 7 goals so far without a taste of defeat.
Going into the game, the players to watch are Kylian Mbappe; 3rd highest goal scorer with 6 goals; Lewandowski who remains the top goal scorer in Europe with 32 goals and Neymar who has been on the sidelines after suffering a left thigh injury in February.