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Champions League Quarter Final Predictions

The draw for the quarterfinals of the Champions League has provided some genuinely classic ties as the biggest clubs in Europe attempt to reach the Champions League final in Madrid. Manchester City will face Tottenham Hotspur, Juventus will face Ajax, Liverpool will go head-to-head with Porto, and Barcelona will take on Manchester United. So, how exactly will the Champions League quarterfinals play out?

Juventus vs Ajax

Juventus are heading into this tie, which is necessarily a repeat of the final in 1996, as clear favourites to reach the Champions League semi-finals, even though Ajax managed to defeat Real Madrid during the round of 16. Ajax has been one of the most glorious stories in the Champions League this season, with emerging stars, such as Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong blending with experienced players, including Dusan Tadic and Daley Blind to restore Ajax’s reputation in the world’s biggest football tournament. However, are they able to provide another shocking upset against Christiano Ronaldo and Juventus? Highly doubtful.

Porto vs Liverpool

Liverpool enjoyed a 5-0 win against Porto in the round of 16 last season before they were held to a 0-0 draw in the second leg at Anfield so that Liverpool will have no fear against the champions from Portugal. Porto managed to overcome Roma in the round of 16 and have loads of experience in Hector Herrera, Pepe, and Iker Casillas as their goalkeeper. However, it’s impossible to imagine that Liverpool is not the overwhelming favourites to go through to the semi-finals to face Barcelona or Manchester United.

Manchester City vs Tottenham

Tottenham is a dangerous team at home, and they will play at their brand-new stadium for the quarterfinals against Manchester City. However, City has far more quality and depth along with the experience of being in this position before. Manchester City is also attempting to secure a quadruple by winning the FA Cup, the Premier League, and the Champions League cup. They are also looking to keep the Carabao Cup that they recently claimed against Chelsea in a penalty shoot-out. Therefore, it will not be surprising to see Manchester City enter the semi-finals to play against Juventus or Ajax.

Barcelona vs Manchester United

This is undoubtedly the best tie of the Champions League. This will mark the first time two of the biggest clubs in the world meeting during the quarterfinals. This hasn’t happened since Manchester United won during the 2007/08 semi-finals on route to winning their third trophy in the Champions League. Since then, Barcelona has defeated Manchester United in two finals, including 2011 and 2009, and there’s no doubt that Barcelona is considered the overwhelming favourites in this tie this time around as well.

Manchester United need to find a brilliant way to stop the incredible Lionel Messi. However, that is just one of the enormous challenges that await Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his team. If Manchester United can win against Barcelona, they will pull off the most significant result in European history. They haven’t seen the semi-finals since 2011.

Barcelona FC

Being one of the most prominent Spanish football clubs in the world is not an easy task. You either have to get star players from other countries or lookout for the young talent emerging in the country. One thing is for sure Barcelona have done nothing but make their countrymen proud. The club was founded in 1889 by Joan Camper. The football enthusiast had decided to start a club and sent out an advert in the paper for like-minded fellows. Once he got 11 more men of his caliber the club was founded. The team did don’t start off at a slow pace as they were runners up on the 1902 Copa del Rey. Barcelona went on to win the title 8 times towards the end of 1928. The team experienced severe decline after this due to the political changes in the country. Some of the managers would soon leave the country due to political lines and others were assassinated for their left wing politics during the reign of Franco.

Between the years 1942- 1957 there was much success at Barcelona FC. The club managed to snag 5 La Liga titles and 5 Copa del Rey. After such a good decade despite the political circumstances, the club owners decided it was time to hire a top shelf manger in the form of Helenio Herrera. Under his guidance the club flourished more in the Spanish titles. The home grounds we’re also changed to the prestigious Camp Nou. This is where the team resides up to date with no mention of moving. Some of the team’s best players arrived in 1973. One in particular Johan Cruyff was a star player who left the team to win the Last Liga title the next year. This was a great achievement seeing as they had won none for 10 years.

In the year 1979 Cruyff came up with the idea to start a Football academy that would function on the same formalities and principles as the Ajax academy. Soon the academy grew to be one of the best internationally. The top-notch down organization La Masia produced some if the world’s greatest stars in football such as Pep Guardiola, Fabregas and Lionel Messi.

Cryuff returned to the club in 1988 as manager and come up with a dream team with former la Masia stars. He incorporated a lot of Dutch born footballers and so the team rise to fame.

Barcelona FC is one if the biggest Spanish football clubs and also one of the richest. Some of its star players include Lionel Messi, Xavi, Diego Maradona, and Gerard Pique amongst others. The club has won over the years since its inception a myriad of trophies and titles. To ne just a few 25 La Liga titles, 29 Copa del Rey trophies, 5 Champions league and many more.