Chelsea, the reigning champions, will meet Real Madrid, the record 13-time winners, in a rematch of last season’s Champions League quarterfinal, in which the Blues won 3-1 on aggregate.
When Atletico Madrid takes on Premier League champions Manchester City, it will be another England vs. Spain contest, with managers Pep Guardiola and Diego Simeone clashing. The winner will face the winner of the quarterfinal match between Chelsea and Real Madrid.
With Villarreal and Benfica, respectively, Bayern Munich and Liverpool were given relatively fortunate draws among the favourites to lift the trophy. Both teams will host the second leg of their respective series at their respective stadiums. Bayern Munich and Liverpool would meet in the semifinals if both teams advanced, with Bayern hosting the second leg.
- Chelsea v Real Madrid
In the midst of the tumult, Chelsea has won five straight games, a run highlighted by Kai Havertz’s attacking prowess and the unshakeable focus of players like Thiago Silva and Antonio Rudiger. The club’s plight has, if anything, produced a siege mentality at Stamford Bridge.
Tuchel remarked after Chelsea advanced to the quarterfinals, “I want us to be the team that no one wants to play against.”
Chelsea, on the other hand, is only one half of the round’s most notable tie. Madrid will be motivated by their incredible comeback victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 and will be looking for vengeance after losing in the semifinals last season. Their relatively comfortable position atop La Liga might potentially work in their favour, allowing Ancelotti to rest key players for the Blues’ quarterfinal match.
- Liverpool v Benfica
In the quarterfinals, the high-flying Reds will be favourites against Benfica of Portugal. However, as they demonstrated against Ajax, the Eagles can be a fearsome opponent on their day.
On the 5th and 6th of April, Benfica will host Liverpool. The rematch is scheduled for April 12/13 at Anfield. We believe Liverpool’s attack will outscore Benfica’s defence, allowing Salah and his teammates to advance to the semi-finals.
- Bayern Munich v Villarreal
In this environment, Bayern must face an exceedingly difficult test against a Villarreal side that is riding high after an overwhelming victory over Juventus in the previous round. With brilliant tactical modifications and substitutes in the second half of the second leg, Unai Emery orchestrated the triumph.
Despite their problems, Bayern is still Bayern, and their talent is impossible to overlook; they were beaten in the first leg by Red Bull Salzburg before scoring seven goals at home in the second leg. Villarreal, with Emery at the helm and plenty of seasoned veterans in the squad, are unlikely to fall as young Salzburg did in the last 16, but another shock could be too much to ask.
- Manchester City v Atletico Madrid
After knocking off City’s “noisy neighbours” from the competition, Atletico Madrid will play in this match. Meanwhile, Manchester City breezed through Sporting Lisbon in the previous round.
Diego Simeone’s team has one of the strongest defensive formations in the world, so this matchup will be difficult to anticipate. However, we believe City will win the tie in two legs under Pep Guardiola. Nonetheless, this is going to be a tight race!