This season’s UEFA Champions League has been really exciting. There have been big matches and thrilling games right from the group stages. One cannot forget the home and away Bayern Munich vs Manchester City matches, which produced fascinating goals. The duels between Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund, and Napoli were also big and exciting. The matches pushed Arsenal to position 2 in the group, and eventually to a tough duel against Bayern Munich-the current champions.
After the first leg of games in the round-of-sixteen, almost all UEFA Champions League followers and analysts have imagined of entertainingly close quarterfinals and fascinating semifinals. The first leg saw Barcelona humble Manchester City 2-0 at the Etihad stadium while Bayern Munich defeated a 10-man Arsenal 2-0 at the Emirates. With four English teams in this round, hopes of English fans turned to Manchester United and Chelsea, but the two could only manage 0-2 loss to Olympiakos and 1-1 draw with Galatasaray respectively. The results mean that Bayern Munich and Barcelona are almost sure of quarterfinal places as they play before their home crowds in the second legs of their games.
Anyone who watched Paris St Germain (PSG) play the first leg of round-of-sixteen can also say with confidence that the team is one of the favorites for this season’s UEFA Champions League trophy. Their 4-0 win was a result of an exceptional midfield ball-play and an outstanding attacking power. Indeed, the team’s sturdy attacking capacity is only comparable to Real Madrid’s striking partnership of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, and Gareth Bale. The game between Atletico Madrid and AC Milan was a thriller; with the Milan side losing a game in which they had got countless opportunities to their favor.
What teams will be in the quarterfinals? It is almost certain that Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, PSG, Barcelona, and Borussia Dortmund will go to the next round. Chelsea, Olympiakos, and Atletico Madrid also appear likely to reach the stage, but anything can still happen to them as they never played solidly in their first leg of games. Whichever teams proceed, the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals will be massively entertaining.