UEFA Champions League Quarter Finals: The Repeat of the Two Finals

2021-03-20 Champions League

Champions League 2020/21 has finally done the drawings for quarterfinals and semi final stages. The winners of the last four matches in the round of 16 completed the eight slots at the upcoming round this midweek. Surprisingly, the two finals in the past three years repeat here at the last eight. The 2018 finalists, Real Madrid and Liverpool are squaring off again while the reigning Champions, Bayern Munich is meeting their challenger last season at the summit, PSG. Only this time, Hans Flick will not be facing off his German comrade who brought Le Parisien to their very first Champions League final, Thomas Tuchel. The former Jogi’s assistant in Die Mannschaft will have the Argentine boss who led Tottenham to the 2019 final edition, Mauricio Pocchettino, who took charge of Neymar and Co last January.

The former PSG boss, Thomas Tuchel, who is now at the helm of Chelsea, managed to get past Atletico last Thursday and dismantled the Spanish side 2-0 by Hakim Ziyech’s and Emerson Palimieri’s goal. The Blues will be taking on FC Porto which stunned the fans after thumping Juventus last week. In the meantime, one of the favourites in every season of European top tier competition lately yet always end their campaign disappointingly before the last four stage, Manchester City is attempting to push their ambition again to advance to the semifinal again after their last time in 2016 before even Pep Guardiola was in charge. The Citizens will be fighting for one ticket against Borussia Dortmund with the young sensational forward in the past two years, Erling Haaland. Manchester City had not difficulty in beating Gladbach this midweek by two goals to nil again. Kevin De Bruyne’s long range shot and Ilkay Gundogan’s tap into the back of the net at the early first half was enough to put them in a four-goal cushion comfortably while Dortmund eased past Sevilla last week after only mustering a 2-2 draw in the second leg.

However, the match which gains more attention than the other games at this stage is none but the encounter of The Reds and Los Blancos, who easily progressed from the round of 16 after crushing Atalanta 3-1 in the midweek. Karim Benzema, Sergio Ramos and Marco Asencio scored the winning goals while La Dea only replied once by Luis Muriel. In the upcoming match, Jurgen Klopp’s men are like facing off the ghost of the past. The memory of losing 1-3 in the final with Mo Salah’s injury due to the arm-pulling incident by Real Madrid’s el capitan Sergio Ramos plus the ridiculous blunder of Loris Karius are still haunting Sadio Mane and Co. This will be the chance for them to vanquish such memory once and for all to bring them closer to their European ambition as a consolation for their disappointing domestic campaign this season.

The first leg of this stage will be held on 6th and 7th of April while the second leg takes place a week later on the 13th and 14th while the semifinal is staged on 27th and 28th plus the next two weeks. The final will finally be held in Atarturk Olympic Stadium, Istanbul, which is supposed to be hosting the final last year, on 29th of May.