April 8th, 2019

Start of the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final Stage

 

This week sees the return of the UEFA Champions League quarter-final round of games and what a line up we have!

On Tuesday we see three out of the four English teams begin the first leg of their campaign to reach the Champions League Final, that will be played in the newly built Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid. Which for you fans is Atletico Madrid’s stadium which will sure be an atmospheric cauldron on the June the first.

Tottenham will host English-rivals Manchester City at their new stadium in North London. This will be the first ever European night to be held in the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Can Spurs get their first European victory inside their new home or will City have more success in Europe compared to previous seasons.

Spurs finished second in Group B with Barcelona gaining top spot, seeing off competition from Inter Milan who were hot on the London clubs heels. Guided by coach Mauricio Pochettino Spurs went on to beat German-giants Borussia Dortmund 4-0 on aggregate in a hugely convincing victory. Man City topped Group F with 13 points, compared to second placed Lyon who scrapped a place with one win and five draws. City then thrashed helpless Schalke 10-2 over both legs to secure their spot into the quarter-finals, setting up a mouth-watering all English clash between two sides who love to both play attacking football.

Also at 8pm on Tuesday night Liverpool will start their own Champions League campaign against Portuguese side Porto. Liverpool who are still in the Premier League title race, finished in second place in Group C to Paris-Saint Germain winning three games and loosing three. While their quarter-final opponents finished top of Group D with 16 points ahead of Schalke, with Galatasaray and Lokomotiv Moscow rooted to the bottom of the standings.

Liverpool then got German’s Bayern Munich in the round of 16, drawing at home and winning at the Allianz Arena 3-1. Porto shocked Italian-giants Roma by coming back from a 2-1 defeat in the first leg, to win the second leg 3-1 and ultimately win the tie 4-3 overall. Both teams will square off at Anfield on Tuesday night to see who will come out on top.

On Wednesday the two other ties will commence with Man United taking on Barcelona at Old Trafford and Ajax welcoming Juventus to the Johan Cruyff Stadium in Amsterdam.

Manchester United started their Group H campaign under former manager Jose Mourinho before Ole Gunner Solskjaer took over the reigns in December 2018. United stunningly finished second in the group with three wins, one draw and two losses. Juventus topped the group despite United beating the Italians 2-1 away from home. United then went on again to defy the odds by turning over a 1-0 first leg deficit, to go away from home and win 3-1 on a final score of 3-3 due to the away goals advantage rule.

However, their opposition Barcelona will be a different challenge to conquer altogether. The former Champions League winners topped group B with four wins and two losses, gathering up a total of 14 points. The Spanish-side comfortably dispatched Lyon 5-1 on aggregate to book their ticket into the quarter-finals.

The final of the last eight games on Wednesday night sees Dutch-dominators Ajax, welcome Group H winners Juventus to their home turf. Ajax have been a consistent Champions League team throughout recent seasons and progressed through Group E in second place with three wins and three losses, behind winners Bayern Munich. The Amsterdam side caused the biggest upset in this years competition by dumping out Spanish-Galacticos Real Madrid, beating the 2018 Champions League winners 4-1 at the Bernabeu to progress 5-3 on aggregate.

Their opponents are Italians Juventus. Juve came away with victories in four games and lost two in Group H, equalling 12 points to sit top ahead of Man United. They then went onto the last 16 and pulled back a 2-0 loss in the first leg, to beat Atletico Madrid 3-0 and win the game 3-2.

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