After weeks of a dramatic Round of 16 stage, the UEFA Champions League quarter finals have been set. The pretenders are now seperated from contenders, leaving players, coaching staffs, as well as fans aching for April to come.
The first leg of each tie will be held on the 14th & 15th of April, while the second will be a week later on the 21st & 22nd. Here are the matches that we will be seeing
- Paris St. Germain (FRA) vs FC Barcelona (SPA)
- Atlético Madrid (SPA) vs Real Madrid (SPA)
- FC Porto (POR) vs FC Bayern München (GER)
- Juventus (ITA) vs AS Monaco (FRA)
We are seeing some matches with history. The Madrid Derby has always been iconic & has been more important over the last few seasons with Ateltico wanting to get out of Real’s shadow. PSG against Barcelona has been a fixture we’ve seen more recently, with neither team being able to make a real statement. Porto vs Bayern, would be a repeat of the 1987 final.
None of the teams left made it out of luck. There are no push overs. Each team should take their opponent very seriously if they want to advance. We’ll take a look at each tie and provide a preview, analysis, & prediction.
PSG vs Barcelona
These two teams have met seven times in the Champions League for the past three years. Each one has 2 wins, 2 loses, with the other 3 games ending in draws. The more recent games between the two came in the Group Stage of this years tournament. On the 21st of October PSG defeated Barça 3-2 at home. On the 10th of December at the Camp Nou Barça beat the French champions 3-1. This will most likely be the most tightly contested tie of the four. Both are on good form and loaded with talent on their team. It will be extremely close and could go either way.
Barcelona advances to the Semi Finals.
Atlético Madrid vs Real Madrid
A repeat of last tournaments finals. Real Madrid would win it 4-1 to obtain their tenth UEFA Champions League trophy, the most in history. This season in La Liga, Atleti swept Real, beating them 2-1 at the Bernabeu & a whopping 4-0 at the Vicente Calderon. They also eliminated Madrid from the Spanish Copa Del Rey 4-2 on aggregate. Madrid also just came off an embarrassing 4-3 at home to Schalke, while Atletico advance on penalties against Bayer Leverkusen. With only 1 win in their last 4 games in all competitions Madrid’s form may be a bit worrisome. However, the Quarter Finals are still a month away, & they must find good form before then if they want to make it. Atletico once again gets the best of Ronaldo & co.
Atlético Madrid advances to the Semi Finals.
FC Porto vs FC Bayern München
Bayern München should be considered heavy favorites for this tie. Along with Barcelona, the German Champions are ahead of the pack in terms of talent, form, and virtually everything else. Müller, Götze, Alaba, & co have been excellent in recent weeks. After thumping Shaktar Donestk 7-0 on aggregate in the Round of 16, Bayern is feeling unstoppable & should be feared by the remaining teams. FC Porto is running on very impressive form right now as well. They beat Basel 5-1 on aggregate to get to the Quarter Finals. It should be an entertaining tie, but Bayern should prove to be too much for Porto.
Bayern München advances to the Semi Finals.
Juventus FC vs AS Monaco
Italian champions Juventus will come up against up and coming French side Monaco. Juve are in a run of good form, thrashing Borrusia Dortmind in their own home 3-0 & advancing 5-1 on aggregate. Monaco, was able to hold off Arsenal and advanced off 3 away goals when it ended 3-3 on aggregate. Monaco showed they are a force to be reckoned with and Juve should not overlook them, even if they have superior star talent. Monaco is not experienced enough at this stage, & even with out Paul Pogba, Juve should be able to take this one.
Juventus advances to the Semi Finals.
The Quarter Finals will be very entertaining. Each team will put in their all if they want to advance. These eight teams will have roughly a month to prepare themselves. Let us know who you think will advance in the comment section bellow, share with friends, & follow FortOnSports on Twitter.