The story so far
The draw for the champions league quarter finals have now been made and the biggest shock of the knockout round was holders Real Madrid not advancing to the next phase. The knockout stage of this year’s competition brought lots of entertainment to our screens. Some of the games being played were decided in the last minute of play (literally the final kick of the match).
Firstly, all the premier league clubs made it through to the quarter finals stages and only Manchester City had an impressive result over two legs after knocking out German side 10-2 on aggregate. Spurs did well also with a 4-0 aggregate win over Dortmund having done damage to Dortmund’s chances in the first match at Wembley.
Liverpool, with the inform Mane were able to defeat footballing powerhouse Bayern Munich 3-1 on aggregate to progress through to the next round whilst Manchester United knocked out PSG thanks to a Rashford penalty and VAR. Never was that a penalty but many United fans will argue to the cows come home that it was a penalty. Nevertheless all English clubs made it through and it kind of guarantees premier league representation in the semi-final if not the final.
Ronaldo proved yet again why he is regarded as the best in the world (well him and the little magician Messi) as his hat-trick for Juventus saw off Atletico Madrid. Ronaldo was in scintillating form as he helped the Italian giants claw back a two goal deficit to ensure their place in the quarter finals. Meanwhile Ronaldo’s old club were beating and humiliated by Ajax 5-3 on aggregate prompting Real Madrid to reappoint Zidane as manager (now that’s hilarious!!!). Barcelona and Porto make up the rest of the qualifiers having both won their respective fixures.
The question now remains, who will be crowned Champions? With the holders now out of the campaign, a new champion will be crowned in May but who will be triumphant and celebrating glory?
The fan in me would love to say Tottenham but I do not suffer from delusion (unlike some Arsenal fans hehehe!!!). However, there are some really strong teams left in the competition. Barcelona, Juventus, Liverpool and Manchester City have to be among the favourites to win it. But let’s wait and see what happens.
Tottenham vs Manchester City
Liverpool vs Porto
Ajax vs Juventus
Manchester United vs Barcelona
He who dares wins!!!!