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UEFA Champions League Update: Early Bayern-PSG Pairing in Quarter-Finals as Liverpool Face Real Madrid

Posted by: Hilbert Mayer
UEFA Champions League Update Early Bayern-PSG Pairing in Quarter-Finals as Liverpool Face Real Madrid

Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain square off in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals. It is a rematch of last year’s final. The defending English Premier League champions Liverpool lock horns with reigning Spanish La Liga titleholders Real Madrid. These are just two of the last-eight pairings in the most prestigious club soccer championship in Europe. The continent tries to bring excitement to sports fans around the world. This will happen despite the restrictions brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. There are two equally exciting pairings. It will be Manchester City vs Borussia Dortmund and Chelsea vs Porto. They will complete the Champions League quarter-final matches that will give top online betting website fans a run for their money. The two-leg, home, and away quarter-finals will begin on April 6-7. It will end on April 13-14 with the winner marching through the semi-finals.

The Matchups

Bayern Munich vs Paris Saint-Germain

Liverpool vs Real Madrid

Manchester City vs Borussia Dortmund

Chelsea vs Porto

A Heavyweight Match-up

The UEFA Champions League draw was held on Friday to determine which side will face each other in the final stages of the tournament and at the conclusion of the event, the last year’s finalists will meet early in a two-leg showdown that will begin in Munich on April 7 and will end on April 13 in Paris. In the 2020 winner-take-all showdown, Bayern Munich edged PSG, 1-0, behind closed doors in Lisbon to capture their sixth European Cup crown. The Hansi Flick-managed squad remains the favorite to win this season’s Champions League. This is despite the recent internal issues that affect the club’s performance in the German Bundesliga.

Bayern made it to the last eight with a 6-2 aggregate win over Lazio in their two-leg tie. On the other side, PSG will seek to resume their winning ways in the Champions League. This is following an impressive 5-2 manhandling of the Lionel Messi-led Barcelona in the last 16. Under the leadership of Mauricio Pochettino, the Parisians are currently second in the Ligue 1, three points behind league-leading Lille with nine games remaining in the tournament. Pochettino remains optimistic after they announced the pairings. He believes that his team could pull off a stunner in the two-leg quarter-final match against Bayern.

Fading Stars Lock Horns

A re-run of the 2018 final between Liverpool and Real Madrid will take place in the quarter-finals but this time around, their two-leg clash is to keep their pride intact amid their lackluster performances in their respective leagues. Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool is sixth in the English Premier League after losing nine of their last 17 games. In the Champions League, the Reds are a different animal as they rampaged past Leipzig, 4-0, in their last-16 showdown to advance in the last eight.

On the other side, Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid are just three points behind league leaders Atletico Madrid in Spain. In their last 16 showdowns against Serie A side Atalanta, Real simply outplayed and dominated their foes to secure a 4-1 victory to gain a quarter-final berth. The first leg is set on April 6 in Spain. The second leg is yet to be decided due to the prevailing pandemic situation in the UK.

Favored Chelsea Wary of a Portuguese Surprise

Chelsea, who outpointed Atletico Madrid, 3-0, to advance to the Champions League quarter-finals, will look to bring that magic back against Portuguese Primeira Liga titleholders Porto and secure a ticket to the next round. Under the tutelage of manager Thomas Tuchel, the Blues have not lost in their last 13 matches. Expectations will be high on the Premier League side to win the tie due to their more superior lineup. However, Tuchel is wary of the upset-conscious Porto, who ousted the Cristiano Ronaldo-led Juventus in the round of 16 by virtue of away-goals rule. The matches will happen on April 7 and 13. It will be held in a neutral venue due to the ongoing pandemic.

Runaway City Out to Tame Dortmund’s Phenom

This season’s English Premier League table-toppers Manchester City expects to have their hands full. They will play against Bundesliga squad Borussia Dortmund, led by young phenom Erling Braut Haaland. City boss Pep Guardiola is aware of Haaland’s exploits. In addition, the emergence of Jadon Sancho, who used to play for the Sky Blues before moving his talent to Dortmund. Guardiola said that he will try to stop the duo and muster enough offense to beat Dortmund in the two-leg quarters and secure a semi-final ticket.

On the other side, former Dortmund midfielder Sebastian Kehl admits that Manchester City are overwhelming favorites in the showdown but expects his team to put up a fight against the Premier League leaders. Another Dortmund great Marco Reus took note of the team’s capability to shine in crucial situations and against Manchester City, he pledged that his “underdog” squad will bring everything to beat the favorites. The legs will take place on April 6 and 14.

Conclusion

The final stages of the UEFA Champions League are fast approaching and this time, the stakes are high with eight clubs trying to take home the coveted title. Online soccer betting lines will be hotter than ever with the possibility of one team pulling an upset in this stage is higher. All they need is to win in the quarter-final and the semi-final phases to get a ticket to the final in Istanbul.