UEFA Champions League Draw: Analysis, Key Facts, & Prediction

Champions League Draw: The European’s top-most valuable league competition, UEFA Champions League is considered as one of the prestigious tournaments in the world. The stage is set for the last eight show-down in this season’s UEFA Champions League competition. After battling through 6 group games and a two-legged knockout tie, the eight teams are through to the quarterfinal stage.

Here, we will analyze Friday’s last eight draws and point out the peculiar factors of the remaining European juggernauts.

Manchester City vs Liverpool

Probably, the most enthralling battle of this UEFA Champions League draw in the quarterfinals sees the two English giants going neck and neck against each other. However, guaranteeing at least one English club in the semifinals of the top-prized competition.

Manchester City and Liverpool have faced two times against each other in this season’s Premier League competition. The Citizens thrashed the Reds by a thumping 5-0 score-line at home whereas, the Reds got their payback in the reverse fixture when they toppled soon to be the Premier League Champions by 4-3 at Anfield.

With the likes of Salah, Mane, and Firmino, Liverpool would like to pressurize the City’s back-line in the quest for securing the semifinal showdown. However, the Citizens will not back down from the challenge and would eye the place in the last 4 in service of their dynamic duo, Aguero, and De Bruyne.

Round of 16 Results: Manchester City 5-2 Basel, Liverpool 5-0 Porto

Quarterfinal Fixture Date: First Leg- April 5, Second Leg- April 11

Key Battle: Sergio Aguero vs Mohamed Salah

Prediction: Manchester City to edge past through their opponent.

Real Madrid vs Juventus

The other heavyweight battle will replicate the last season’s Champions League final, when the defending champions Real Madrid face the last season’s runner-ups Juventus, in the last eight of this season’s UEFA Champions League competition.

The Italian side would like to get their revenge on the Los Blancos as they were humiliated by a 4-1 margin in the last season’s Cardiff final. However, the Spanish giants will be eyeing to thrash their opponent for the consecutive times in the quest of continuing their Champions League journey and bagging another Champions League trophy for the record 13th time.

Los Blancos will come into this match with the supreme reign of their star-forward Cristiano Ronaldo. It will prove a daunting task for the Juventus defense to stop the cerebral assault of the Portuguese great.

Meanwhile, Juventus will entirely depend on their marquee forward Paulo Dybala to give his scintillating performance and fade away the last season’s haunting misery.

Round of 16 Results: Real Madrid 5-2 PSG, Juventus 4-3 Spurs

Quarterfinal Fixture Date: First Leg- April 4, Second Leg- April 12

Key Battle: Cristiano Ronaldo vs Paulo Dybala

Prediction: Real Madrid to move into semifinals.

Barcelona vs Roma

Barcelona can see themselves lucky after the UEFA Champions League draw. The Spanish giants Barcelona will lock horns with the Italian club AS Roma in the other exciting UEFA Champions League quarterfinal fixture.

The most recent meeting between these two powerhouses took place in the group stage of 2015/16 UEFA Champions League, where the Catalans hammered the Italians by a merciless 6-1 score-line courtesy of the hat-trick from the great Lionel Messi.

Barcelona will be confident to rattle their opponents and book their place for a semifinal showdown. The Argentine maestro is going in a sublime form for the Catalans and would like to carry his rampant momentum in the hopes of winning this seasons Champions league competition.

Meanwhile, Roma will be wary of the worst case scenario, and they would like to turn the tide in their favor. They would demand a stellar performance from marquee striker Edin Dzeko in the hopes of laying down their mighty opponent. Considering the odds, the important question remains for the Italian side; How to stop Lionel Messi?

Round of 16 Results: Barcelona 4-1 Chelsea, Roma 2-2 Shakhtar Donetsk (Roma progressed on away goal)

Quarterfinal Fixture Date: First Leg- April 5, Second Leg- April 11

Key Battle: Lionel Messi vs Edin Dzeko

Prediction: Barcelona will easily topple their opponent.

Bayern Munich vs Sevilla

Another UEFA Champions League draw feature the match between Bayern and Sevilla. The fourth and the final last eight confrontations will see German heavyweights Bayern Munich going head to head with Spanish club Sevilla. Considering other fixtures, this seems to be a walk in the park for the Bavarians as they are drawn with the weakest of the eight quarter-finalists.

The five-time champions have looked good so far in the campaign thanks to their astonishing striker Robert Lewandowski. If there is a big team that don’t really do off-days, it’s Bayern Munich. The German Champions will be ready to hunt down their opponents to set their foot in the last 4.

Meanwhile, Sevilla will be oozing in confidence after upsetting Manchester United in the round of 16 tie. However, they have to showcase their best performance if they want to stop the commanding Germans.

Bayern Munich has a one man who mostly scores all their goals, and that’s Robert Lewandowski. He has been in the sublime scoring form in this season’s Champions League and Bundesliga competitions. The polish Striker will undoubtedly like to carry his applauding form in the hopes of lifting the UEFA Champions League trophy for the 6th time with his team.

Meanwhile, Sevilla will rely on their Round of 16 hero Wissam Ben Yedder to replicate his stellar performance and inflict a shocking win over the mighty Germans.

Round of 16 Results: Bayern Munich 8-1 Besiktas, Sevilla 2-1 Manchester United

Quarterfinal Fixture Date: First Leg- April 4, Second Leg- April 12

Key Battle: Robert Lewandowski vs Wissam Ben Yedder

Prediction: Bayern Munich will comfortably win the bout.

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