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Madrid Derby Headlines Champions League Quarter-Final Draw

Last season’s Champions League final will be repeated at the quarter-final stage this year, as holders Real Madrid were drawn out to play city rivals Atletico at the draw ceremony in today.

 

Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid Preview

This is the pairing that will focus all attention, and demand the most attention from those involved. It also feels like a particularly delicately poised tie; not just because the two teams are so close in geography and quality, but also because they’ve had so many meetings in such a short space of time — not least in last season’s final. It is precisely why, rather than the usual cliched intangibles of a local derby, form might go out the window.

For one, there’s the fact that both will be driven by a desire for revenge. Real Madrid will want to make up for their 4-0 destruction at the feet of Atletico in January, a game that so emphasised how Diego Simeone has the measure of the notionally bigger neighbours. At the same time, his power ultimately failed to apply in last season’s showpiece (Real levelled it late and went on to win 4-1 after extra time), so it presents something of a double-edged challenge.

Atletico have the perfect opportunity to quickly banish the memories and meaning of that match in Lisbon, in which they apparently succumbed to so much of their history by conceding that stoppage-time equaliser. Yet what would it say about them if they were again to capitulate to their bigger neighbours on the biggest stage? Is it really possible for one team to continue such a fine run in a fixture that involves two teams so evenly matched? Can Real really remain so fragile for so long, given their poor recent form?

PSG v Barcelona Preview

Three-time winners Barcelona will face familiar opposition in Paris Saint-Germain, who they faced in this season’s group stages. PSG ran out 3-2 winners at the Parc Des Princes in September, with Barça emerging with a 3-1 victory in the return game at the Camp Nou in December.

Two questions should decide a meeting between sides who have already met twice this season. Can Barcelona maintain their magnificent current performance level just when it matters, given that there have been a few dips in this campaign? Can PSG exploit any drop, and themselves fully build on what Laurent Blanc claimed was a transformative win over Chelsea in the last 16?

The French champions have already been checked back once from such notions this season, having beaten Barcelona in their first group game only to be denied top spot by the manner in which the Catalans eventually pulled them apart in the second. The mood in the PSG squad is said to be buoyant following the win over Chelsea, although that may be affected by the loss of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marco Verratti for the first leg. Then there’s the sparkling form of Leo Messi. He should be the difference, as he so often is.

Porto v Bayern Munich Preview

Two former Barcelona teammates, Pep Guardiola and Julen Lopetegui, will face off as Bayern Munich were drawn against Porto.

Probably the easiest tie to call, even if that does not necessarily mean it will be an easy tie for Bayern to win. Porto are an intelligently set-up team, awkward in defence and abrasive in attack. They are capable of surprising a Bayern team who have occasionally been lax, and it would be very dangerous for Pep Guardiola’s team to put in a performance against Porto like they did in the first leg against Shakhtar Donetsk.

It is precisely that laxness that should mean Bayern go through, though. Guardiola has been at pains to fight it, and there was the semblance of the type of response and rage he would expect in the 7-0 second leg win over Shakhtar. Unlike the other three ties, this pairing boils down to a harsh reality: if the superior team plays to anywhere close to their potential, they should sail through.

Juventus v Monaco Preview

This is a repeat of the 1998 semi-final, which saw Juve emerge 6-4 winners on aggregate.

This duo can feel somewhat fortunate, since they’ve both managed to miss one of the four favourites of Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico. Therefore, this tie represents a fine opportunity for both of these clubs to get back to a level they’ve been aiming at for so long. Monaco have not reached the semifinals since 2004, Juventus since 2003. Their one big previous meeting came in the final-four stage in 1997-98. All of that does mean that this is one of the most novel ties and, as such, rather difficult to call.

On the one side, there is a Monaco team who have such a solid defence but suddenly looked worryingly panicked once the pressure was applied in the second leg against Arsenal. On the other side, there is a supremely technical Juventus outfit, but one hampered by the seven-week injury to Paul Pogba. It would be cruel if the injury to the Italian champions’ key player caused him to miss the surge in this competition they’ve been waiting half a decade for, or caused them to buckle altogether. That, however, is knockout football.

This is perhaps the only tie that illustrates the old novelty of knockout football. It is certainly a golden chance for both.

Champions League quarter-final draw first leg:
Paris Saint-Germain v Barcelona – Buy Champions League Tickets
Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid – Buy Atletico v Real Madrid Tickets
Porto v Bayern Munich -Buy Champions League Tickets
Juventus v Monaco – Buy Champions League Tickets

Champions League quarter-final draw second leg:
Barcelona v Paris Saint-Germain – Buy Champions League Tickets
Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid – Buy Atletico v Real Madrid Tickets
Bayern Munich v Porto – Buy Champions League Tickets
Monaco v Juventus – Buy Champions League Tickets

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  • BAYONLE April 9, 2009, 5:53 am

    BARCELONA VS ARSENAL FOR FINAL.

  • BAYONLE April 9, 2009, 5:56 am

    I DONT THINK MAN U CAN STILL QUALIFY BUT LETS SEE WHAT HAPPENS.

  • rooney August 8, 2009, 7:02 am

    man u champions again,you wait maha,see the youth and our striking force go mad.man u v barca final…arsenal dont have a final in them unless its there youth in carling cup in there lucky.rooney player of the year/world

    • leonard March 24, 2010, 12:26 pm

      Rooynen, is the best strike in barclays…wait to see the best strikes when they meet best team in the world

  • Fernando August 19, 2009, 11:07 am

    There can be no cheating in Champions league. There must be
    transparency. Starting with the referees. Unspeakable
    was the performance of the Hungarian referee Viktor Kassai in Lisbon
    18Aug2009 giving the same disciplinary value to a aggression (yellow card), 2 fouls with a view to preventing gaming and goal (without punishment), and take the shirt off to celebrate a goal ( second yellow card). Unbelievable.
    Impaired? Sporting Club de Portugal.

  • nebeolisa March 22, 2010, 4:06 am

    wenger barca has all it takes to win the match,but if arsenal struggles hard they can make it.

  • zakari harouna barmou March 22, 2010, 8:16 pm

    barcelona is the king of football.

    • leonar March 24, 2010, 12:16 pm

      They have the talent in world of footbal to beat arsenal, most importantly I would them go all the way to the final and thrash man united. I want Barca to prove the world that they are the best team in the world and to man united.

  • leonar March 24, 2010, 12:18 pm

    Barc has been and I will be best team for the next decade!

  • leonar March 24, 2010, 12:20 pm

    The is no other team that will stop barca from winning champions league

  • gunners March 25, 2010, 11:26 am

    arsenal will upset barca and prove all of you wrong…just wait and see

    • Alen April 20, 2010, 7:12 am

      spoke to soon there…

    • Rooney10_PAKI April 23, 2010, 1:14 pm

      u can’t beat man utd,how will u beat barca

  • Abdulah March 25, 2010, 5:55 pm

    Arsenal will have a tuff game against barcelona i know that we are going to win home but away will be really tuff but we will se what happens (inshallah)

  • Philip April 7, 2010, 2:40 am

    Messi is no doubt the best player in the world at the moment . Last night’s 4-1 win over Arsenal confirmed what we already knew. This time however, against Inter they stand no chance. Inter will reach the final!!

  • Red Devils April 7, 2010, 3:59 am

    Man United can win tonight match.. i know they can. GLORY GLORY MAN UNITED!! miracles could happen

  • micheal April 7, 2010, 11:00 am

    it seems every body want to get to the top of this game but i tell u the only term dat has make it to d final is barca.

  • DiRrtyDog April 9, 2010, 1:57 pm

    The Champions League winner, will be either Inter Milan or Barcelona. It is sad that they already meet in the semi-finals, because a final on a neutral ground between those teams would be AMAZING. One of the best defensive teams against maybe the strongest offensive team in Europe, for the time being.

    I don’t think Lyon or Bayern will be capable of winning against either of those teams. The reason why I think they won’t be winning, is simply, that they haven’t been convincing enough.

    Bayern were lucky to beat Fiorentina by an offside goal and advance to the quarterfinals, and even though they impressed me by beating united with 2 amazing comebacks, there were still alot of holes in their defensive line. They wouldn’t stand a chance against Barca’s offensive (Messi, Pedro, Iniesta etc.) with that poor defensive play. And Inter would win 1-0 if they were to meet Bayern in the Finals.

    Lyon is a bit of a joker in my opinion, but I think they need that last bit, to be a threat against Barca or Inter (or even Bayern for that matter) I saw the second leg against Bordeaux, and they were seriously outplayed by them, and the only reason why they did advance, was because of outstanding goalkeeping. And I don’t think the goalkeeper will save them against barca, but against Inter, well maybe they’ll have a small chance (but really I don’t think that as a possibilty)

    Well that’s just my bet on the Chl Winners 2010 :) And I will eat all of those words again if I’m wrong. (and sorry for spelling or grammar problems, I’m not English)

    Have a nice Weekend

    • David Wilson April 9, 2010, 5:22 pm

      Totally agree with your comments. Bayern might be the weakest team to reach the CL semi-finals in years.

      As for Inter v Barca it promises to be a great series. Arsenal showed that you cannot give Barca time and space to make all their little passes. You have to be stronger and physical as Chelsea were last season, and that describes Inter.

  • jack April 13, 2010, 5:06 am

    well only to stop barca is not by defensive it just by attacking and push them in defense by that only you can win inter defending 90 minuts to barca is sure that you are loosing this game so just attack them. if u don’t conceed a goal in first half then there is almost a chance to win the game. so best of luck to inter milan.barca its time to good bye for champions league

  • russel April 13, 2010, 5:09 am

    totally agree jack

  • Solari April 13, 2010, 9:27 am

    Intermilan all the way and i know we are going to beat Barcelona and also win the champions league this year

    • mesias angala April 19, 2010, 11:36 am

      huuuuh……better think back brother…………………

  • Solari Danny Amamoo April 13, 2010, 9:29 am

    INTER INTERNATIONALE ALL THE WAY AND NO ONE STOP US UNTIL OUR BONES ARE ROTTEN

    • mesias angala April 19, 2010, 11:32 am

      bra……i believe that your thinking is completely wrong….imagine on how will those unskilled defenders tuckle the magision messi

  • gtyhyh April 15, 2010, 2:14 pm

    Barcelona have beaten Inter and will again. Barca for champs!!!!!

  • cot April 18, 2010, 7:48 am

    inter siap berenkbenk’z barca

  • sagni April 18, 2010, 10:53 am

    barca will win the champion not only win semi final inter. inter is nothing .but, barca for all.

  • mesias angala April 19, 2010, 11:26 am

    barcelona for sure…………i strongly recommend the team to over take inter as they are more strong than the opposite team…

  • angel of mathematics April 20, 2010, 2:28 am

    Todays match is going to be a disgrace to inter. The fact is barca is full of experience players. Inter fans forget about this season, next season shall be a nice one. Up Barca

  • Philip April 20, 2010, 3:48 am

    Barcelona will be lucky if they score tonight. Inter will not only beat them but they will totally outclass them at the San Siro! Forza Inter!!

  • cornelius April 20, 2010, 7:21 am

    i belief to beat inter is to take control of the mid-field and feed the attachers even from the wings to enable my messi do his finishing job perfectly. i see inter as a no threat to us at all, with lionel whom i always reffer to as cornel, victory over vinter is what we will deffinately do. LONG LIVE BARCA.

  • chebsolo April 20, 2010, 1:37 pm

    WINNERS AND WINNERS 4 EVA…. NOTHING WILL EVER STOP BARCELONA…. INTER, I LOVE YOU BUT BARCELONA IS BEST. THE WORLD CAN TESTIFY THAT…..

  • Gabriel Nungolo April 27, 2010, 2:47 pm

    Well it is strong game which myself i call it a final before the final…. But realy can not say who will win because before teams are performing well and with the advantage that Inter has already,,,,, realy is something else but let wait and see the ball will decid…

  • Karl April 27, 2010, 4:45 pm

    Messi could be the best at this moment, because there are no real players that he can compete with.
    He should be when the Master (Zinedine Zidan) use to be at the fields, and pretty sure he will stay with his mouth either open of foolness or with his mouth shut because he will not have nothing to show.
    Who is the beter of goalkeeprs of all times, there was no goalkeeper for the Master he had beten all best goalkeepers, has Messi done that, well will see if he is good as much think on the world cup, Which I am pretty sure they will not get to FINALS…..

  • tareq (kalapur) April 28, 2010, 2:40 am

    i like mesi mesi mesi……………………………………………………this world cup football….2010…….will win ARGENTINA…..

  • dinho April 28, 2010, 5:09 am

    inter milan to win barcelona :D