As the international break is coming to an end, we get one day closer to the
“definitely randomly drawn” quarterfinals of the Champions League. I say “definitely randomly drawn” because of what the matchups look like. I’ll start on the less eye- catching side of the bracket. The first matchup is between Portuguese Side Benfica and one of the three Serie A teams left Inter Milan, I have Benfica moving one due to their results in the 8 games they have played while Inter seemed to struggle. The winner of that series will go against the winner of the rivalry which includes the other two Serie A teams Napoli and AC Milan. I say this is the less eye-catching side of the bracket because the Serie A does not get much coverage from the U.S and the Portuguese league Benfica plays in gets no coverage whatsoever and is not included in the top 5 leagues in the world, which the Serie A is fourth in my opinion. Getting back to the bracket I have Napoli beating AC Milan which is pretty one-sided with Napoli winning 7 of the 8 games played and winning by 2 or more goals in those 7 games they won.
Now moving on to the most eye-catching side of the bracket which includes 4
teams from 3 of the top 5 leagues in the world, Manchester City and Chelsea from the English Premier League, Bayern Munich from Germany’s Bundesliga, and Real Madrid from Spains La Liga. Now both matchups are going to be close, but of the two I feel that Real Madrid vs Chelsea is just a little less competitive than Manchester City vs Bayern Munich. I say this because Chelsea is very on-and-off, you never know what kind of team you will get while Real Madrid is more consistent. Although Chelsea won 5 of their 8 games losing 2 and tying 1. From January 1st til March 4th, in the 12 games they played, Chelsea won 2 games (Both 1-0), tied 4 games, lost 6 games, scored only 5 goals, and allowed 12 goals. In the same window, Real Madrid played 17 games winning 11 games, losing 4 games, tying 2 games, scoring 34 goals, and only allowing 6 more goals than Chelsea. 4 of those 6 goals came in their last 5 games in the window which included 3 wins, 1 loss, and 1 tie, in which they scored 12 goals. So they have been a lot more successful within that frame. Now since March 4th, Chelsea has won 2 of the 3 games they have played scoring 7 goals including a 2-0 win which moved helped move them into the quarterfinals. Real Madrid has gone 2-1-1 losing their most recent game to Barcelona 2-1. With that in mind, I have this being a toss-up with Real Madrid having the better team and Chelsea having the momentum. I still have Real Madrid moving on to play…
Now we get to the Biggest game of the Quarterfinals between German
superpower Bayern Munich and Erling Haalands Manchester City (also my favorite team).
The most anticipated matchup of the Quarterfinals between Bayern and City is
probably the most evenly matched games of the 4 games. Both teams have star power on defense, in the midfield, and at forward. Both teams have gone undefeated in the 8 games each team has played. Bayern has won all 8 games, 7 of the 8 have been won by 2 or more goals. City on the other hand has won 5 games and tied for 3. Each team has a game in which they won by 5 or more (City has 2, Munich has 1). Each team has allowed less than 3 goals so far (City has allowed 3, and Munich has allowed only 2). City has scored 22 goals including a 7-0 win over RB Leipzig in their most recent Champions League game. Bayern has scored 21 goals so far which included a 5-0 win over Plzen during the group stage. Oh, and both are 2nd in their respective leagues. So if that was not enough to show how equal these two teams are I’m not sure what more you need. Now City is coming off a 5-0 victory over Burnley in their FA Cup match, while Bayern is coming off a 2-1 loss to Bayer Leverkusen. Ultimately, I want Manchester City to move on but this is such a close matchup either, or could come out to play Real Madrid in the Semifinals. The first leg of the quarterfinals is on April 11th and 12 with the second leg being a week later on the 18th and 19th. The semifinals are May 9th, 10th, 16th, and 17th with the one-game final being June 10th.
Written by Francisco Recinos
Hello Everyone I am Francisco, Host of the Brand New show on WHCM 88.3, The Big Frank Show. I am a huge sports fan especially motorsports like NASCAR, FORMULA 1, AND MOTOGP. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and hanging out. I plan on transferring to DePaul to become a play-by-play announcer. I hope you have a great day and Listen to The Big Frank Show every Tuesday from 8 to 9 am.