UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Draw 15-16
The last Eight
By – Govind. UEFA Champions League is back with the last eight who have beaten all odds to enter the final phase of the tournament.Well, the drama continues in the fight to clinch one of the most prestigious award of the European football, there are three teams qualified from the La Liga, two from the Bundesliga and one from Ligue1, Primeira Liga and EPL each.Another miserable year for the cash-rich English league continues as only one team, Manchester City qualified for the last eight.For some team, the draws have been quoted as walk over while for some it’s the way of thorns, yes we are talking about Barcelona Vs Atletico Madrid one of the most intriguing ties decided where one of the Spanish team has to go out.Let us analyze each and every team in UEFA Champions League Quarterfinals.
Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid: The Blaugranas take on the Rojiblancos in the thrilling quarter-final of this season’s Uefa Champions league. This game will be perhaps the best game of this Champions League quarter-final.Atletico Madrid hasn’t won a single game against Barca since Luis Enrique was appointed the successor of the late Tata Martino at Barcelona.They have lost every game since then.If there ever was a time to end that run, it is now especially with the El Classico just 3 days before the 1st Leg and this can be a huge opportunity for the underdogs Atletico to take revenge from Barcelona, as the players will get tired of playing back to back football.Atletico Madrid will sit back against Barca and try to hit them on the counter and there is always a significant chance that Barca will score especially with their front three consisting of Messi Suarez and Neymar.
Key Players For Barca: Messi, Suarez, Neymar and Sergio Busquets.
Key Players For Atletico: Griezman, Koke, Godin.
FC Bayern Munich v SL Benfica
This is the first time these two footballing giants of Europe are facing each other in a European competition. On Paper, Bayern looks strong enough to win this clash but as we all know matches aren’t decided on paper.The non-availability of star defender Jerome Boateng has been a cause for concern also the big man Javi Martinez and center back Badstubber who are being sidelined and they are only left with youngster Kimmich for the big game.It is reasonable to think that Benfica will be sitting back and trying to hit Bayern on the counter but they’ll have to be very careful in their approach as one mistake from their side could result in an absolute drubbing from the Bayern side.With last few months of the outgoing manager Pep Guardiola who would like to finish his Bayern career on high will give it all to win the tie, Bayern Munich has enough power to them to see the danger of Benfica especially with Lewandowski in the form of his life and their side oozing with confidence.
Key players For Bayern: Douglas costa, Lewandowski, Mueller.
Key players For Benfica: Gaitan, Renato Sanches, Jonas.
Real Madrid v Wolfsburg
Real Madrid has been lucky there as Wolfsburg aren’t the same team they were last season.As Real Madrid faces Barcelona just 4 days before this match and it’s very fortunate that they didn’t draw a tough opponent as they’re already well out of La Liga title race and Copa del Rey and winning the Champions league is their last hope of not ending this season trophyless.Even though this game looks an easy win for Real Madrid but we all know Football isn’t that easy.There are quite a few players like Draxler and schurlle who pose a threat to the Real Madrid defense which has been questioned many times this season.It’s hard to look past Real Madrid for this game especially with the quality of the attacking players they’ve got and Cristiano Ronaldo will look to silence his critics and will continue to score and help his team achieving their dream of Undecima.
Key Players for Real Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth bale, Modric, Kroos
Key players for Wolfsburg: Draxler, Schurlle, Luiz Gustavo.
PSG v Manchester cityThis match is being termed as the battle of the sheiks as both clubs rose to significant levels after being purchased and pumped huge sum of money by Rich Middle eastern owner’s.Nonetheless, this game will be jam-packed with a lot of action and drama.PSG who have already won Ligue1 have a chance to rest their players in League matches and can concentrate on their Champions League clash against Manchester City, whereas City who are still fighting in English Premier League. Talking about Round of 16, PSG were clinical in their game against Chelsea while city had a relatively easy opponent in dynamo kiev there is no doubt that on their day they can take on any European elite team but with Premier League games and Champions League game at such crucial time of season, Can City rise to Challenge?Looking at City’s recent form which hasn’t been great of late while PSG has been on fire in Ligue 1 completely dominating the teams there.Although, champions league is a different story.Central Defender Kompany will be a huge miss for Manchester city who’s out for 6-8 weeks.PSG coming out with a win, even though man city has great players, they lack the experience to comUe out with a win against a well experienced PSG side who are hunting for their first-ever semi-final place Key players for PSG: Ibrahimovic, Dimaria, Matuidi, T.silva. Key players for Man city: Aguero, Yaya Toure, Fernandinho, Silva.
So, let’s wait for the exciting ‘UEFA Champions League’ Quarter-Finals to take place and hope that your favourite team wins and can bring honor to the club.