The pairings in the Champions League quarter-finals have been determined: From a German point of view, the game between Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund and the new edition of last year’s final between FC Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain will be two blasts. SPOX and goal look at these duels and the two other quarter-finals and take a close look at the respective forms, moods and personal situations.
Coach Pep Guardiola’s team eliminated a Bundesliga club with Borussia Mönchengladbach in the round of 16, and the Cityzens saw it 2-0 after the two-way leg against the foals.
BVB had to tremble after a strong performance including a 3-2 first leg win against FC Sevilla in the second leg. After a 2-0 lead it was 2: 2 in the end, a result that Borussia was enough to advance.
Manchester City are marching inexorably towards the title in the Premier League. With eight remaining games, the Skyblues are already 14 points ahead of city rivals Manchester United. But City is also the big favorite in the Champions League. In addition, the team still has the chance to win the quadruple: While they are also in the quarter-finals in the FA Cup and face Everton, the Carabo Cup final against Tottenham is scheduled for the end of April.
Since the announcement of the change of coach from Edin Terzic to Marco Rose in the coming summer, things have been going again at BVB. The Westphalia are only two points away from a Champions League rank and are in the semi-finals of the DFB Cup. In the storm, Erling Haaland continues to meet as if on the assembly line and the defense is more stable than it was a few months ago.
Manchester City vs. BVB in the Champions League quarter-finals
Is missing: –
Questionable: Mateu Morey (muscular complaints), Raphael Guerreiro (muscular complaints), Jadon Sancho (torn muscle fibers)
Conclusion: For BVB it is over against the strong Englishmen. The performances in the current season are too fluctuating and City recently presented itself too dominantly with 24 wins in 25 competitive games.
Chelsea FC with head coach Thomas Tuchel beat Atletico Madrid twice in the round of 16 (1-0, 2-0) and is back in a quarter-finals of the premier class for the first time since 2014.
In the domestic league, last year’s champions Porto are currently in second place (51 points) and are already ten points behind leaders Sporting in eleven remaining games. Nevertheless, given the surprising progress against Juve, the mood should be consistently positive.
The team of head coach Sergio Conceicao has already exceeded its own expectations in the premier class. Since defending the title in the cup (out in the semifinals against Braga) is no longer possible, Porto should still want to provide one or the other sensation in the Champions League.