Champions League Quarter-Final Draw
The UEFA Champions League quarter-finals draw took place on Friday at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. The road to Istanbul is now set and the bettors are blessed with mouth-watering match-ups. As always, Bet365 offers the highest odds, so, if you want to double your excitement watching your favorite team compete in the quarter-finals (and maybe qualify for the semis), we strongly advise you to get an original Bet365 account without limits and place your bets!
Here are the results of the draw:
- Manchester City - Borussia Dortmund (April 6 & 14)
- Real Madrid – Liverpool (April 6 & 14)
- Porto – Chelsea (April 7 & 15)
- Bayern Munich - Paris Saint-Germain (April 7 & 15)
Manchester City - Borussia Dortmund
There is no question that Manchester City are the favorites in this duel. They have only lost once to Man United, in their last 24 matches. However, we have also seen the Champions League title eluding Guardiola’s side time and again.
Dortmund’s greatest weapon is the 20-year-old wunderkind Erling Haaland. The Citizens need to find a way to neutralize the threat, otherwise, all could go horribly wrong for the Sky Blues.
Nevertheless, we should also acknowledge that Borussia’s days as one of Europe’s powerhouses seem to be long gone. They are currently out of the top four in Bundesliga whereas Manchester City have almost secured the Premier League title.
In a nutshell, the British team have the upper-hand, given their overall strength. However, it would be a mistake to claim that they have already booked their spot in the semi-finals.
Real Madrid – Liverpool
There is a lot of history between these two European giants. The first time they met each other in a final was in 1981, when the tournament’s official name was European Champion Clubs' Cup. Liverpool emerged victorious, winning their third European Cup.
It took 37 years for Real Madrid to get their revenge. Los Blancos and the Reds dueled once again in the 2018 final. The Spaniards came out on top, winning their 3rd consecutive and 13th UCL title overall.
Being amongst the most successful teams in Champions League history, both sides have struggled throughout the season in their domestic leagues. Even Jürgen Klopp, the head coach of the Reds, has recently admitted that their chances to finish the Premier League in top four are slim, which means that they might not qualify for the Champions League the next year. That being said, the alternative qualification route goes through winning the Champions League, which the German manager also considers as an unlikely outcome.
Zinedine Zidane’s side on the other hand, has shown glimpses of improvement as the season progressed. Yet they are still far away from their glorious days, when they won 4 UCL titles in a 5-year-span.
To summarize, this is a tie that can go to both sides considering that they both have serious deficiencies in the defensive end.
Porto – Chelsea
Porto are on a mission to make history as the underdogs again. As football fans may remember, the team from Portugal won their second ever Champions League title under Jose Mourinho, 17 years ago.
As an encore, we saw them stun Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus in this year’s round of 16. Nevertheless, this might be the end of the road for Sérgio Conceição’s team as their opponent will be the lately invincible Chelsea. They are yet to lose since Thomas Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard in January.
Tuchel was also the head coach of last year’s runner-ups, Paris Saint-Germain. While it’s difficult to foresee how far he can go this time, no one can deny the fact that the Blues are the strong favorites in this one.
Bayern Munich - Paris Saint-Germain
The repeat of last year’s final will be without a doubt the most anticipated match-up of the quarter-finals. The defending champions, Bayern Munich are the top candidates to win it all again, while PSG remain as one of the few teams that can bring the Bavarians down.
Bayern had a fairly easy route to the quarter-finals, defeating Lazio with an aggregate score of 6-2. On the other hand, the French team rampaged the struggling Barcelona, proving that they do not need to remind us of the threat they pose.
Assuming that Neymar will return to full fitness to help Mbappe and his teammates avenge last year’s loss, we will witness two of the greatest teams go head-to-head. What else would football fans wish for?
A look at the rest of the season
The semifinal bracket order is also set and here’s how it looks:
- Bayern Munich or Paris Saint-Germain vs. Manchester City or Borussia Dortmund
- Real Madrid or Liverpool vs. FC Porto or Chelsea
The final will be played at Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey on May 29. It’s the second time the UCL final is played in Istanbul, the first being the legendary 2005 final, where Liverpool made an epic comeback from 3-0 down at half-time and defeated AC Milan in the penalty shoot-out.
While there is still time for the final decider, we believe that it’s high time you opened yourself an original betting account without limits and placed your outright bets. Hopefully, our quarter-finals previews will provide insight on who will be the ultimate winner.