Tomorrow marks the start of very entertaining quarterfinals with eight remaining teams. Here are my thoughts on the matchups and results.
Juventus vs. Barcelona
This will be an interesting contest because these two teams don’t like each other. It will be a closer match than people will expect. Juventus had an easy team getting past Porto in the round of 16. On the other hand, Barcelona completed on of the biggest comeback in Championship League history. Barcelona was embarrassed by PSG 4-0 in the first leg. Therefore, Barcelona needed to score five goals in order to advance to the semifinals. The final score was 6-1 and Barcelona did the impossible.
The last seven matches between both squads it was very close Barcelona had three wins with 10 goals compared to Juventus as they managed two wins with two draws with seven goals.
Barcelona will have their hands full with Juventus but they will win these two legs 4-2 to advance in the Champions League.
Borussia Dortmund vs Monaco
Borussia Dortmund against Monaco will be compelling football between two squads that live and die with their speed. This is an even matchup in opinion will Monaco being slight favorites between these two legs. However, Borussia Dortmund is much better defensively. Dortmund made quick work Benfica 4-1 on aggregate to advance to the quarterfinals. Monaco shocked the world when they defeated Manchester City on away to advance goals.
Both these teams have never met in Champions league before. Borussia Dortmund and Monaco are both in fine form. Dortmund has won three games with one draw and a recent devasting result to losing to Bayer Munich 4-1.
Monaco has recently won four games with only one loss. This is a difficult match to predict. Even though right now Monaco are the better team right but Dortmund will prevail with better defensive 4-3 on aggregate.
Bayern Munich against Real Madrid
This match will be a heavyweight clash between current and former UEFA Champions League Champions. Bayern Munich made easy work of Arsenal with a ruthless 10-2 score in two legs. Madrid beat Napoli in 6-2 in two legs in the semi-finals. It will be a coin flip between both these teams. It will finish in extra time of the second game 5-4 Real Madrid will advance.
In the 22 previous meeting between these clubs, it’s been a high scoring affair. Bayer Munich has won 11 games with 33 goals, on the other hand, Real Madrid has won nine games with 31 goals.
Bayern Munich has won four games with a shocking defeat to Hoffenheim 1-0 in Germany. Madrid has been taking care of business as they won four games and they got a draw against Atletico Madrid in the Madrid derby.
This contest will be a coin flip between both these teams. It will finish in extra time of the second game 5-4 Real Madrid will advance.
Atletico Madrid vs Leicester City
Nobody is talking about this match enough but it will be an extremely exciting matchup. Leicester City season has been a roller coaster they fired their manager Claudio Ranieri. They have finally got their confidence back. Atletico Madrid has been taking care of business as usual in Champions League. Leicester City survived a tough match up against Sevilla to advance to the quarterfinals 4-2 in two legs. Madrid defeated Leverkusen 4-2 to advance.
Shocking enough both teams have met four-time before with Madrid winning all three matches with one draw. Madrid has scored seven goals compared to two goals Leicester City. However, you can throw these stats out the window because Leicester City wasn’t a strong team in the past.
Both teams are in fine form Atletico Madrid has won three games and they picked up two draws. Compared to Leicester City as they picked four wins and only suffered one loss to Everton 4-2.
Atletico Madrid better not sleep on Leicester City because they can pull off the massive upset. Even though it’s not smart to go against Atletico Madrid but Leicester City is flying high and they will beat Madrid 3-2 in the two legs.