It’s Quarterfinal time in the UEFA Champions League, with Premier League teams featuring in three of the four games.
Wednesday morning sees two Premier League teams, Manchester City and Liverpool in action.
City, eliminated at this juncture for the past three seasons, tackle Borussia Dortmund at home, while Liverpool travel to Madrid – but not the famous Bernabeu – with Real Madrid playing their home matches at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano, where their B team plays.
Champions League, 1st Leg
It’s been a banner season for Pep Guardiola but you suspect it won’t be complete without the elusive Champions League crown. City are cruising at the top of the Premier League ladder and have an incredible seven straight clean sheets in Champions League matches. Ironically the man who will test the City defence is one of the club’s rumoured signings for next season, Erling Haaland. The young Norwegian star has scored in 33 of 32 matches this season, and has hit the back of the net in his last six UCL games.
Massive couple of weeks for Real Madrid, who sandwich a La Liga meeting with Barcelona between the two legs of this Quarterfinal. Zinedine Zidane’s men have won nine of their last 11 games and they eliminated Atalanta in the Round of 16 with much more ease than the pundits predicted. Likewise, Liverpool had little trouble with Red Bull Leipzig and are coming off one of their best matches of the season, a 3-0 thrashing of Arsenal. However, the Reds have a dire record against Spanish opposition in the Champions League, winning only two of their last 12, with eight losses.