As we approach the 2nd legs of the Quarter Finals you could say the ties are pretty much decided but surely there’s at least one surprise in store.
Manchester City (0) v (3) Liverpool
Arguably the best chance of a turnaround with City attempting to overturn a 3 goals deficit with no away goals. The Premier League fixture at the Etihad ending 5-0 to City and a repeat would see them progress to the Semi Finals although I can’t help thinking Liverpool have improved since then and City are having their first wobble of the season.
Guardiola was able to rest players at the weekend with the title pretty much in the bag but it will have hurt to lose to their city rivals after going 2-0 up. Klopp will have a decision to make on Salah who is struggling to recover in time from an injury sustained in the 1st leg.
Ultimately, I see Liverpool progressing with City coming close but I don’t see Manchester City scoring 4 without a reply from a free scoring Liverpool attack with or without Salah.
Roma (1) v Barcelona (4)
Roma do have an away goal but I don’t think they will get close enough for away goals to come into play. They are unbeaten at home in the Champions League this season but this will be there toughest test by far. With Messi continuing his fine form with a hat-trick at the weekend they are sure to score but I can see this ending in a draw with Barcelona cruising through to the Semi Finals.
Real Madrid (3) v (0) Juventus
Another foregone conclusion as Madrid have 3 away goals and a 3-0 lead after a disastrous 1st leg for Juventus. What was thought of as a close match up was set a light by a stunning goal by Cristiano Ronaldo (Click here to see it again). The goal will be replayed for many years to come and could become even more special if Madrid lift the trophy for the 3rd successive season.
Zidane has some selection issues in defense due to suspensions and injuries but it won’t cause much of a worry due to the 3-0 cushion. Juventus will also be missing Dybala following his sending off in the 1st leg.
Bayern Munich (2) – (1) Sevilla
A closer affair then the other three games but off the back of winning the Bundesliga at the weekend, Bayern Munich should have more than enough to see off Sevilla at home. Sevilla come into this match in poor form with no win in their last 4 game but no one expected Sevilla to beat Manchester United at Old Trafford and they managed it. I feel this is a much bigger task than what they faced in Manchester and with Munich’s full focus now on the Champions League I see a comfortable win for the home team.
Sadly I don’t see any surprises and for me the four semi finalists have already been decided. Maybe I’ll get proven wrong and I know I’ll definitely be tuning in to find out.