Atletico and Real Madrid are doing a rematch 10 months after the Champions League final in Lisbon, while PSG and Barcelona are facing each other again in the quarterfinals after 2 seasons.
Atletico Madrid - Real Madrid
They both wanted to avoid each other, but they had no luck. The draw for the Champions League quarter-finals brings a high-voltage knock out in the Spanish capital
: Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid will live their special derby in the Champions League, a clash that is a deja-vù of last year's tournament final, where Real Madrid won its 10th European Cup after winning 4-1 in overtime.
Looking at the track record and the history, Real Madrid seems to be the favorite. But so far this season, the meringues
have failed to defeat the colchoneros
in any of the 6 matches they disputed: 4 wins for Atletico and 2 ties between the Spanish Super Cup, the Spanish Cup and the League.
achieves for the second year in a row their qualification to quarterfinals
after beating Bayer Leverkusen in the round of 16. Meanwhile, Ancelotti's team with a quite insecure game this season, almost got knocked-out by Schalke after losing 3-4 on their stadium.
This will be the third play-off between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid
in the best continental competition. The first leg match will take place at the Vicente Calderon stadium on April 14. The second leg, at the Santiago Bernabeu eight days later, on April 22.
FC Barcelona - PSG
These two teams have already met 3 times in the last three years of competition. Paris Saint-Germain and FC Barcelona are back on the pitch to take on each other
just a few months after the group stage, where the French team won at home (3-2) and the Catalans did the same on their ground (3-1). In 2013, the tie was decided in favor of Barcelona thanks to the double value of the away goals.
After eliminating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in an agonizing end of match, PSG comes strong to the clash. However, the Catalans are clearly the favorites
: the great moments the team is going through, especially after Messi’s star show against Manchester City in the round of 16
, it all gives advantage to Luis Enrique’s squad.
The first leg will be played on April 15
at the Parc des Princes. The Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, suspended for one game, will miss it. Verrati won’t play either, nor will Barça’s Dani Alves, sanctioned by accumulation of faults. The second leg match is played at the Camp Nou on April 21
FC Porto - Bayern Munich
This will be another highly anticipated quarter finals clash: Julen Lopetegui against Pep Guardiola, two old friends and former teammates at Barça, who will duel on the pitch, this time as coaches of two great European clubs.
Bayern Munich, the undisputed leader of the Bundesliga
and clear favorite, goes against a young Oporto on the rise, which, looking back, will try to measure up to that legendary final of the 1987 European Cup where they won against the German team.
FC Juventus - AS Monaco
The draw for the quarterfinals closes with the knock-out between Juventus and Monaco
, the team that everyone wished for. The French squad, who returns after nine years to compete in the Champions League
, is currently one of the prominent leaders of the French league, especially after finishing second last season.
The French squad, which surprised everyone after eliminating Arsenal in the round of 16, now faces a new battle against Juventus. Players like Andrea Pirlo
or Carlos Tevez
have in their hands the opportunity to take Juventus in the semifinals of the Champions League twelve years later. The French midfielder Pogba will not play the knock-out, as he’s sidelined for two months due to a muscular injury.
The Madrid derby ensures a Spanish representative will be in the semifinals of the Champions League
. If nothing goes wrong, FC Barcelona should seal their place as well. Bayern and Juventus are, a priori
, the other favorites.
A final draw for the Champions League, which is to be held on April 24
, will decide the clashes among the four semifinalists. The final of the Champions League 2015
takes place on Saturday June 6th at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. Place your bets, there can only be one!