The 8 best teams in Europe were drawn today so that they can now whom they will have to meet in April in order to qualify to the semi-finals.
The race for the Champions League triumph is heating up as now there are only 8 teams who have the chance to be crowned as the best team in Europe. Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and FC Barcelona are the main favourites for victory, but UEFA’s most prestigious tournament’s plot is always full of surprises and fascinating stories.
• Exciting game expected between PSG and Barcelona
• Last year’s final to be repeated as Atletico plays against Real
• FC Porto are huge underdog against Bayern
• Juventus are favorites against AS Monaco
The draw for the quarter finals were due today so now we can know who will play against whom in order to qualify for the semi-finals. The sorting resulted great clashes between the best European football clubs. The matches are expected to be attractive spectacle for all those who love football.
Paris Saint-German vs. FC Barcelona
Paris Saint-Germain finished second in the group, 2 points behind Barcelona. They played against Chelsea, one of the main candidate for the victory of the tournament. However, the French team qualified on away goals after equalizing twice in the very last moments against Jose Mourinho’s men.
The Catalan side is in great form in the Champions League this year. The Blaugrana went through from the group stage on the first place with 5 wins out of 6 games and then they defeated Man City on both legs in the round of 16.
Online gambling sites in EU predict a balanced clash between the two teams. In addition, they already met in the group stage where the Parisian side defeated Luis Enrique’s men by 3-2 at Parc des Princes, while Barcelona won at Camp Nou by 3-1. They meet again in April to decide who is the better team.
Atletico de Madrid vs. Real Madrid
Last year’s runner-up finished first in Group A collecting 3 points more than Juventus. In the round of 16 they faced Leverkusen whom the Spanish capital side eliminated in a thrilling penalty shoot-out.
The title holder won all their 6 games in the group phase but had difficulties against Schalke in the next round. The Royal Team easily won on the first leg but suffered on the second one. However, the injured players are about to return which will make the Galacticos candidate
The two finalists of last year’s Champions League meet again in the tournament. That final resulted in victory for Real Madrid after scoring 3 goals in the extra time, but they were incapable of winning against the city rival ever since. Furthermore, the last clash between the two sides ended by a humiliating 4-0 for “Cholo” Simeone’s men.
FC Porto – Bayern Munich
FC Porto have reached the top 8 without losing a single game so far. They won 4 and tied 2 of their 6 matches in the group stage and after a 1-1 draw in Basel, they won against the Swiss team by 4-1 in Portugal.
Bayern Munich collected 15 points out of the possible 18 in the group phase. They played their first draw in the round of 16 in Sahtar’s field, however they showed their class at Allianz Arena on the second leg, defeating the Ukranian team by 7-0.
Mobile betting sites firmly believe that FC Bayern Munich are clear favourites for this clash. FC Porto have not suffered a loss so far but Pep Guardiola’s men will be the toughest challenge the Portuguese side will have to face. In addition, the reigning German champion is one of the main candidates for winning the title, it would be a huge surprise if JulenLopetegui’s men qualified.
Juventus – AS Monaco
Juventus was second in the group stage, 3 points behind Atletico de Madrid and only one point away from the third place. However, the team showed what they are capable of against the runner-up of the 2012-13 season, defeating them by 2-1 in Italy and 0-3 in Germany.
Monaco collected the least point among the first placed teams in the group stage. They were drawn together with Arsenal and were regarded underdogs. However, they won 1-3 against Arsenal in London and went on due to their more away goals after losing 0-2 on home field.
EU gambling news report that this clash between two great teams is expected to be a thrilling game because they are very equalized. Juventus stars like Carlos Tevez or Paul Pogba can decide knock-out rounds like this one, but Monaco have already surpassed a team with great stars like MesutOzil or Alexis Sanchez.