The quarterfinals of the Champions League will start on Tuesday with the first two matches. Real Madrid will welcome Liverpool in a rerun of the 2018 final. Manchester City encounters Dortmund. Both matches are kicked off at 21:00 and due to the coronavirus pandemic, they will take place without spectators.
“White Ballet” defeated Liverpool in the Champions League three times in a row, including a 3: 1 victory in the 2018 final in Kiev, when they dominated the competition for the third time in a row. The team from the Spanish capital did not fall eight times in a row in the quarterfinals, but will play this phase after three years.
Real has not found a winner in the last 11 competition duels and is losing three points in the Spanish league to the city’s leading rival Atlético. Striker Karim Benzema has scored in each of the past seven games he has competed in. However, due to injury, the team will lack Captain Sergio Ramos or midfielder Eden Hazard.
“The further you get in the competition, the harder it is. Liverpool is one of the strongest teams ever. It will be two great matches.” Real striker Real Rodry told uefa.com.
Liverpool have won the last three competitive games and have not cashed in them. However, he is sixth in the English league. The “Reds” competed with Real in the elimination phase of the Champions League only in the round of 16 in 2009, when they advanced after two victories. Since then, however, they have not won European cups six times in a row in the European Cups.
“It’s a tough lot, but I’m fine with it, because when you look at all the teams you say, ‘Oh my God.’ I’m really looking forward to the games with Real. We played with him three years ago and it was a hard evening for us, so it’s great to fight him again, “ said coach Jürgen Klopp.
Real eliminated Bergamo in the round of 16, Liverpool dealt with Leipzig. The winner will encounter the better of the pair Chelsea – Porto in the semifinals.
Manchester boasts a wonderful form. He has lost the only one in the last 34 competitive matches and is heading for the third title in the Premier League in the last four seasons. However, he is not doing well in the Champions League, three times in a row he was eliminated in the quarterfinals and only among the top four in 2016.
“Dortmund is of incredible quality. He may not play evenly in the German league, but he can do anything in one or two matches. Seville recognized it in the round of 16. I have great respect for Dortmund.” City coach Coach Pep Guardiola, who previously led Bayern Munich, told the club’s website.
Borussia is in the quarterfinals for the first time since 2017. He will rely on forward Erling Haaland, with 10 hits for the best gunner of this year’s competition. “We have to play at the top in both matches. Eliminating Manchester would be something special. Guardiola is without a doubt one of the best coaches in the world. His teams have been dominating football for almost 15 years.” introduced temporary Dortmund coach Coach Edin Terzic.
The “Citizens” eliminated another German team Mönchengladbach in the round of 16, Dortmund crossed Seville. In the semifinals, the winner will face either Bayern or Paris St. Germain.