There is only a Spaniard alive in the Champions League. It is Real Madrid, which after the elimination of Barça, Atlético and Sevilla, is the only LaLiga club in the draw being held this Friday (12 noon, Nyon) of the quarterfinals of the competition.
A priori, the rival that everyone wants is Porto. It is not being a good season for the Portuguese in their league, second to ten points behind Sporting, but in the Champions League they starred in the great surprise of the second round by leaving out Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus. Even so, it is the team that everyone wants to face in the quarterfinals.
After Porto, Borussia Dortmund it seems the least powerful of all that remain. Erling Haaland is already one of the best nines in the world and the forward of the future, while he is accompanied by high-quality players like Jadon Sancho, but his year has been bad, fifth in the Bundesliga, 16 points behind the leader.
Liverpool and PSG arrive with many doubts in their leagues, but the potential of their squads makes them dangerous rivals. Sixth in the Premier are the reds, ravaged by injuries this year (Van Dijk, Henderson, Matip, Fabinho, Diego Jota, Keita …), but still have immensely talented players like Salah, Mane, Thiago or Firmino. The Parisians, with Mbappe as the leader, hope to recover Neymar and Di María. Danger.
The Chelsea is another since coaches Thomas Tuchel. A hard-working team, with personality and talent at the top that surpassed an entire Atlético with insulting ease.
Although the rivals to avoid are Bayern and Manchester City. The current European champions are not at the incredible level of last year, but their squad, led by Robert Lewandowski and who last year tyrannized Europe, scares: Muller, Neuer, Sané, Kimmich, Goretzka, Coman, Davies, Gnabry …
For its part, Guardiola has built an almost perfect machine, a team capable of dominating the competitive Premier with an iron fist. To the rhythm of De Bruyne and Gundogan, the Sterling, Foden, Rodri, Bernardo Silva and Gabriel Jesús dance to their rivals. Pep wants this to be his year in Europe.