The UEFA Champions League gets hotter after each of the eight-team left got to know their next opponents a few days ago.
Of the eight teams left are three English teams, one-time champion Chelsea FC, six-time champions Liverpool FC and Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City FC, two German teams, Bayern Munich, who are also the current defending champions and Borussia Dortmund, the French side and last year’s runner up Paris St German, Spanish Giants and 13 times champions Real Madrid FC and Portuguese underdogs FC Porto.
Real Madrid against Liverpool would be having a repeat of the 2018 finals, and fortunately for Liverpool, they would be without karius. They would also hope Mohammed Salah doesn’t get a dislocated shoulder again. Although they both seem to be at par in the competition, Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid have been tipped favourites to progress to the next round after their encounter.
Borussia Dortmund will be going head to head against Manchester city in what the fans believe would goal fests in both legs, owing to both teams style of play and quality of players. Although Manchester City has failed to progress past the quarter-finals of the previous three editions, football fans believe Manchester City should edge over their German opponents and progress to the next stage.
We’d be having a repeat of last year’s final as the defending champions Bayern Munich and defending runner up Paris St German going face to face in what is believed to be the match of the stage. Although it’s pretty difficult to predict who goes on to the next round, I firmly believe Bayern Munich would progress to the next round.
Finally, Thomas Tuchel side Chelsea would be facing a tough test when they face off with the tournament’s underdogs, FC Porto, who successfully knocked out Cristiano Ronaldo’s side Juventus in the round of 16. Chelsea seems to have a better solid defence, and they should progress to the next round.
Fingers crossed, April is really going to be an exciting month in the world of European football.