Of the sixteen clubs left competing for a place in the Champions League final in Berlin or Europa League final in Warsaw, eight nations are represented. Spain have four clubs left. Italy three, Germany, France and Ukraine two. Whilst Portugal, Belgium and Russia have one club each. Premier League does surprisingly not have a single club among the sixteen hopefuls.
The party starts on Tuesday 14th April with two great matches in the Champions League: PSG-Barcelona and the Madrid derby between Atletico Madrid – Real Madrid.
PSG will be without Zlatan Ibrahimović in Paris (Due to his red card at Stamford Bridge in the previous round) but Ibra will be back for the return at Camp Nou in Barcelona on the 21st of April. It is difficult to see how PSG can stop the Catalans with their South American trio (Suárez, Messi, Neymar) upfront but the French club will be hoping to come away with a good result from the first leg and for “Ibra” to come back and show some magic in the second leg. Perhaps with another goal like this
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The other fixture for the day (The Madrid derby) is a repeat of last season’s Champions League Final when “Atléti” came very close to an upset but lost 4-1 in the end. Since then the two clubs have met six times and Real Madrid have failed to repeat the victory in Lisbon on each occasion. Four victories for Atletico and two draws have given The Real Manager Carlo Ancelotti a lot to think about ahead of this quarter final.
The first leg will be played at Atletico’s Vicente Calderón stadium, which has a great atmosphere for most games, and when the arch-rivals comes to visit the temperature reaches close to boiling point. The world is now waiting to see if Real Madrid’s stars (Ronaldo, Gareth Bale etc) will be able to break down Diego Simeone’s men.
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Wednesday, April 15, it is time for the two remaining quarter-finals of the Champions League to kick off. Porto – Bayern Munich and Juventus –Monaco. Here, the Germans and the Italians are clear favorites to go through. Porto and Monaco have shocked us before however. These two clubs were the finalists in 2004 to everybody’s surprise.
The following day (the 16th) the first leg of all four quarter-finals of the Europa League will be played. This year’s winner of the tournament will be guaranteed a place in next year’s Champions League, which gives a lot of extra weight to the competition.
Club Brugge and Dnipropetrovsk will be facing each other which mean that at least one “underdog” will go through to the semifinal.
Sevilla, last year’s champions in the Europa League, will be taking on Zenit from St. Petersburg. We can expect a tactical battle between two interesting coaches, Unai Emery (Seville) and André Villas-Boas (Zenit).
Fiorentina starts away against Dynamo Kiev. Fiorentina have found their form in the League as well as the cup and should be able to advance to the semifinal.
Italian cup champions Napoli will be facing a tougher challenge. They start off against Wolfsburg, which are having their best season since they won the Bundesliga title in 2009.
All these games will be very good to watch on TV but nothing compares to experiencing them live and being apart of when football history is written right in front of your eyes.
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