An amazing set of fixtures!
Tottenham vs. Man City
Our first quarter-final comes to us from London as Man City play premier league rivals Tottenham at their new stadium. Tottenham just moved in and will be hoping to have a memorable night to help them progress to the quarter-finals. Tottenham beat Dortmund 4-0 in the round of 16 although in hindsight and with Dortmund’s current form it doesn’t seem like an amazing feat. Since their last Champions League game Tottenham have lost 2 and won 1 and so are not a in a great patch of form. City beat Schalke 10-2 on aggregate in the round of 16 and have won all 4 of their games since. City seem to be an emotionless robot that is storming to victories in various ways. Tottenham face a massive task and City are pushing for a potential quadruple. This 1st leg might be close and there is always a chance that City might falter but eventually they should win.
Liverpool vs. FC Porto
Liverpool beat Bayern Munich 1-3 on aggregate to reach the quarter-finals and have won all three of their games since although they have not kept a clean sheet in their last 5 games. Porto beat Roma 4-3 on aggregate to reach the quarter-finals and have played 5 games since having won 4 and drawn 1. Liverpool are having to fight in the Premier League grinding out results in each game although they always manage to win. Porto are 2nd in the Primeira Liga level on points on with Benfica as they also look to progress in two competitions. Liverpool will look to finish the game in this leg but Porto are no pushovers and this could be a fixture to keep an eye on.
Ajax vs. Juventus
Ajax have a brilliant group of youngsters pushing their season forward as they come up against the might of Juventus. Ajax dumped out champions Real Madrid 3-5 on aggregate to reach the quarter-finals and have won 5 and lost 1 of their games since. Juventus made a brilliant comeback in the 2nd leg to beat Atletico 3-2 on aggregate in the round of 16 and have won 3 and lost 1 of their games since. It is yet to be seen if Ronaldo will feature in this leg and while Juventus should be able to reach the semi-finals Ajax much like Porto are dark horses and have nothing to lose. With talent like De Ligt, De Jong, Ziyech, Neres etc Ajax are capable of pushing Juventus and might even surprise us once again.
Man United vs. Barcelona
United progressed on away goals after having drawn with PSG 3-3 on aggregate. The 2nd leg was draped in controversy and PSG really caused their own demise having made several mistakes. United have since lost 3 and won 1 of their games with Ole having been appointed the full-time manager but the wheels seem to be falling off. Barcelona beat Lyon 5-1 on aggregate with all the goals coming at the Camp Nou, they have since won 3 and drawn 1 of their games and are 11 point clear in La Liga. The ray of hope for United is that this is not the Barcelona of old and they are capable of losing games if you push them. The massive but is that they have a player called Messi who has been in fiery form this year and is specialising in goals in the final 10 minutes of games. Add an inform Suarez to that equation and the likes of Smalling have no chance. Miracles are always possible but Barcelona and Messi should be licking their lip as more wheels could fall off of Ole’s car in the coming weeks.