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Champions League draw: Quarter-finals

The Champions League quarter final draw has been made and here’s a run down of the teams’ journeys and who they will face as they aim to reach Kyiv.

Barcelona vs Roma

Sevilla vs Bayern Munich

Juventus vs Real Madrid

Liverpool vs Manchester City

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Barcelona – After initially struggling at Stamford Bridge, and probably, should have been behind, a Christensen mistake broke Messi’s duck against Chelsea for a crucial away goal. The Barca of old returned at the Nou Camp, a comfortable 3-0 win set up a tie with Roma. It will be a shock if they depart at this stage with a favourable draw against the Calcio A side.

Roma – The Italian side squeezed past Shakhtar Donetsk in the round of 16 with help from their two star men. A first leg 2-1 defeat in Ukraine was salvaged by a crucial away goal by Turkish wonder kid Cengiz Under. Edin Dzeko’s goal in a 1-0 win at the Stadio Olimpico meant they went through on away goals.

 

Sevilla – The surprise package and the underdogs of the tournament impressively took down Manchester United at Old Trafford. Wassim Ben Yedder’s introduction was enough to beat United 2-1. Most would’ve fancied the Spanish side, but they play Bayern for their first quarter-final appearance in 60 years.

Bayern Munich – A giant in German football for years and Heynckes has them playing back to their full potential. Lewandowski was left drooling after an 8-1 aggregate win over Besiktas. A lot will fancy Munich to go on a run here with the wind in their sails and, arguably the easiest draw.

 

Juventus – The Old Lady broke Tottenham hearts at Wembley, showing the pedigree and class they have throughout. Kane and Eriksen made them sweat when they hauled the first leg back to 2-2. But the boot was on the other foot at Wembley, Higuain and Dybala scored twice in three minutes to over come a tricky tie.

Real Madrid – Doing the double over the flash PSG side looked routine for Ronaldo and co. A threat going forward but Paris will rue their missed chances, you wonder whether this will come back to haunt the holders. They will still remain favourites for the competition, perhaps deceivingly so.

 

Man City – Undoubtedly strong, Guardiola’s untouchables have romped into the quarters. However, Basel have shown there is a way to play through them . A 2-1 win at the Etihad was of little consolation after a 4-0 defeat in their own back yard for Basel, but Liverpool will take heart from that. Having already been dismantled them this season by Liverpool. On the other hand, a 5-0 win for City sets this one up perfectly, this should be a cracker.

Liverpool – With their front three working in perfect tandem, goals galore has been the statement issued by Jurgen Klopp. Rampaging through Porto 5-0 in the first leg meant they were in cruise control. Settling for 0-0 at Anfield comfortably saw Liverpool into the quarter finals. An all English clash will be one of the biggest showdowns for the last 10 years. The Merseyside club will fancy themselves to do a job with Mane, Salah and Firmino out to hurt the Blue Moon.

The quarter-finals will take place on the 3rd/4th April with the return fixtures a week later on 10th/11th April.

 

 

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