Attention, all football fans! Its happening! A new round of the prestigious Champions League is about to kick off, and its time to gather in front of the screens again! This edition of UEFAs flagship has already produced some big surprises, including Real Madrids 3-year reign of the tournament being ended by Ajaxs young lads. The list of other giants that have already had to pack away their passports include PSG and Atletico Madrid. Over the next 2 weeks, the number of teams left will once again be cut in half and the competition is fiercer than ever! Keep reading for a quick look at our 8 remaining clubs to see what to expect from them all.
The Champions League Quarter Finals consist of 2 legs where 1 match will be played at either teams home stadium. All games are kicked off at 9:00 PM CET and the team first mentioned in the subheadline will play at hom
The Spurs have just moved into their new, expensive and delayed home. The Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium is amongst the finest sports facilities in the world and will host the first leg of Spurs vs Man City on Tuesday night. Tottenham are pretty much always jokers whenever they play in a big competition, and their 4-0 aggregate win over Dortmund sent a strong signal to their remaining competitors. Their recent form though, has been unstable and it remains to be seen if their fine performance, shown in this weekends clash with city rivals, Crystal Palace, can be brought into their date with one of this tournaments big favourites.
Key player: Harry Kane
Their battle with Liverpool for the Premier League title seems to have no ending, but now theres another massive trophy that demands the attention of The Citizens. 14 victories in a row in all competitions should be enough to frighten any opponent, but all the pressure is on Manchester City as they chase a historic quadruple (winning 4 trophies in one season). Can they contain their momentum and keep it going against a very tough opponent? With players such as Aguero, de Bruyne and Sterling on fine form lately, we have a lot of reason to believe so.
Key player: Sergio Aguero
Tottenham vs Man City (9/4 and 17/4)
Liverpool made it all the way to the final in last years Champions League and pulled the longest straw in their round of 16 battle with Bayern Munich. Now, they face an opponent thought to be much weaker, but Klopps men cant afford to become complacent. Seeing Mo Salah break his goal drought against Southampton this weekend would have been a big relief to any fan of The Reds. Their abovementioned duel with Man City for the domestic league title seems to be the preferred objective for most supporters, but its doubtful that anyone at Anfield will be very pleased with a shock-defeat to FC Porto on Tuesday.
Key player: Mo Salah
FC Porto from north-western Portugal currently find themselves on par with Benfica in their domestic league and pulled off a hard-fought 4-3 victory over Roma in the round of 16. Their upcoming opponents from Merseyside will be an immense challenge for Iker Casillas, Pepe, Marega and the rest of Portos squad, but it must be said that this match could hardly come at a better time for them. They look to be on fire lately and will find a lot of confidence in having the Champions Leagues tied number 3 top scorer in Marega (only 2 goals behind Lewandovski and Messi).
Key player: Marega
Porto vs Liverpool (9/4 and 17/4)
Its hard to not be impressed by the ongoing project at the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam. The average age of Ajaxs squad is just 24 years, and their David vs Goliath-victory over Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu was nothing short of a miracle. Now they face up with yet another giant, and a former superstar of their last opponents, as Juventus and Cristiano Ronaldo make their way to the Dutch capital. Their high pace, willingness to attack and youthful spirit will be key elements in their pursuit for yet another massive upset in this tournament.
Key player: Dusan Tadic
They are just 1 point away from clinching their 8th straight Serie A title, but The Old Lady has a bigger trophy in her sight. The all-time top scorer of the Champions League, Cristiano Ronaldo, has recovered from his injury and is raring to go. His teammates too should be full of confidence after a solid 2-1 victory over AC Milan on the weekend. Juventus played in the Champions League final of 2017 and are willing to do anything to make that happen also this year. They already know what kind of feats their Dutch opponents are capable of pulling off and will treat their 2 matches with them as cup finals.
Key player: Cristiano Ronaldo
Ajax vs Juventus (10/4 and 16/4)
The Solskjær-effect seems to have calmed down somewhat after his incredible entry as Uniteds new interim manager back in December. A very disappointing 2-1 loss to Wolverhampton in the Premier League was Uniteds last outing, and it wont do a lot to boost their confidence ahead of their meeting with the likes of Messi and Suarez. If inspiration is needed, though, it should help to look back on their magical night in Paris a month ago, as they secured their spot in this round with a comeback victory. The United squad has a nice mix of young and exciting players, along with some more experienced heads. Their 8 days of rest could also give them a slight physical edge over their Catalan counterparts.
Key player: David de Gea
With the La Liga title all but secured, Valverde and his men can afford to shift their attention to the Champions League for a moment as they pursue yet another treble. Messi seems to have struck one of his best ever forms right on time and has pulled his Barca teammates with him. Amongst them is Luis Suarez who will hope to end his Champions League goal drought at Old Trafford this week. A solid 2-0 victory over Atletico Madrid in the Spanish league title race this weekend, was another indicator to just how good Barcelona are at the moment.
Key player: Lionel Messi
Man United vs Barcelona (10/4 and 16/4)
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