The UEFA Champions League
The UEFA Champions League, known simply as the Champions League, is an annual continental club football competition organised by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). It is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world and the most prestigious club competition in European football, played by the national league champion of each UEFA national association.
And this year’s competition turned out to be quite interesting as the current champion Real Madrid will play city rivals Atletico Madrid in the European Champions League quarterfinals, a repeat of the 2014 final.
Real won 4-1 after extra-time on that occasion, but only after Sergio Ramos leveled the scores when scoring three minutes into injury time.
However, Atletico have already won four times this season against Real.
That’s why this is the draw that nobody at Real Madrid wanted. Conversely, they will be licking their lips over at Atletico.
The last-16 aggregate win over Schalke was unconvincing and only brought more questions. Anything approaching that level of performance on the part of Real Madrid will see the team eliminated.
Real can count on the returns of Ramos and Luka Modric, which is good news indeed, but there is no guarantee that the presence of those two will do anything to stop the flow of successive positive results for Atletico.
The other ties see Paris Saint-Germain, who knocked out Chelsea, host four-time champions Barcelona.
However, luck turns their back as David Luiz will miss both legs of Paris Saint-Germains UEFA Champions League quarterfinal with Barcelona due to a thigh injury.
Blanc also has concerns over Serge Aurier, Edinson Cavani, Lucas and Zlatan Ibrahimovic ahead of a busy month for PSG.
The home leg of its last-eight clash with Barca comes on April 15, before the return game against Lionel Messi and co. six days later.
PSG and Barca are two sides that are also getting accustomed to playing one another.
They meet for the third time in the tournament this season, having already faced one another in the group stage — with the French side winning 3-2 at home but losing 3-1 in the Camp Nou.
2013 champions Bayern Munich will travel to two-time winners FC Porto, while Juventus will meet AS Monaco in the remaining quarterfinal.
As for Bayer, a frustrating ankle injury has kept Franck Ribery sidelined for almost a month, but the Bayern Munich man is nearing a comeback.
The French winger picked up the problem in a 7-0 demolition of Shakhtar Donetsk on March 11 and has not played since. Ribery already has confirmed he will not play in the German champions clash with Borussia Dortmund in Saturdays Klassiker.
Portos clash with five-time champions Bayern is a repeat of the 1987 European Cup final, which the Portuguese side won despite trailing with just over ten minutes left.
When Juventus and Monaco last met, their Champions League semifinal clash in 1997-98 produced ten goals, with the Italians winning 6-4 on aggregate.
“Juventus are among the biggest sides. They are the favorites,” Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim told European governing body UEFA, before adding: “We e lucky to have the second leg at home.”
The quarterfinal ties are to be played on April 14-15 and 21-22, with the final taking place in Berlin on Saturday June 6. With an interesting turn out in this year’s contest every club fans and player are keeping their fingers crossed. Let’s wait and see what the quarter final of this world famous champions league brings us !
Author: Ishan Hasnat – Bangladesh
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