Champions League Quarter Finals continue today, when four more hopefuls look to join the Madrid teams. Yesterday Atletico Madrid snatched a 1-1 draw in Leicester, while Real had to go all the way to overtime – and a little bit offside – in order to beat Bayern München 4-2.
With Real making it’s way to semi-finals, Champions League might see a repeat of the last year’s final between the Madrid couple. Real Madrid already made history by taking a seventh consecutive semi-final spot. They’re also looking for their third Champions League final in four years.
On Wednesday there are two thrilling encounters in Champions League, so let’s make a quick peek what we can expect:
Barcelona – Juventus
Juventus travels to Barcelona having taken the upper hand 3-0 in the first leg. “Vecchia Signora” performed admirably in their home stadium and gave Barcelona practically no chance. With three goal advantage heading to Spain, Juventus is all but certain semi-finalist. Barcelona will have to score at least three goals without conceding a single one in order to advance, or bang in five or more if Juventus hits the net as well. An impossible task, you say? So did the French a couple of weeks ago. Barcelona then astonished the whole sporting world and crawled back from 4-0 deficit vs PSG by winning 6-1 at home.
Juventus, however, is definitely not PSG – especially defensively. They have conceded 3 goals only twice this season and also scored both times. As Barcelona definitely needs to score, their visitors will look for counter attack opportunities. Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic are very capable players to score from counters. It’s likely that Barcelona manages to break down Juventus’ defense once or twice, but it’s very unlikely they’d be able to keep a clean sheet in all out attack.
Monaco – Dortmund
After the horrific bombing incident in Dortmund last week, today’s visitors have every right to feel harshly done by the home defeat less than 24 hours of the attack. Dortmund seemed a bit shaky in the beginning, but got better and better as the game progressed. Losing 2-3 was a bad result, considering the performance on the pitch, but not a disaster. Monaco on the other hand will be quite happy to go to second leg with plenty of away goals and a win.
Monaco’s efficient scoring proved crucial, as the defense was in trouble at times with skillful Dortmund attackers. The Germans need to win by two goals or score at least four, so we can expect a complete overload in attack by the visitors. Monaco has traditionally been known as a solid defensive team, but this season has shown they are more into dynamic offense as well. If the first leg was an entertaining affair, nothing less is expected from the second one with both teams thirsty and more than capable of scoring!
Here are the highlights from the Champions League Quarterfinal 1st legs