Today at 11am the Champions League (CL) Quarter Final draw will take place in Switzerland with 8 teams now left in the competition. Listed below are the clubs left in the competition with some discussion of their current form in the Champions League and domestically for anyone who hasn’t been too up to date with European football recently.
Despite featuring in the group stage with Bayern Munich the club managed to finish top of their group with 15 points as the club won five games whilst only losing once which happened to be the final game to Bayern. This strong start in the competition was continued into round 16 of the competition in which Atletico dispatched Bayern Leverkusen 4-2 during the away leg before holding out for a goalless draw at home. Although Atletico have performed well in the Champions League so far this has contrasted with their domestic form in which the club is currently fighting to maintain its Champions League spot as the club sits on 52 points. Despite the domestic league form Atletico seem to be comfortable so far in the CL so I wouldn’t rule them out of the competition any time soon. Especially with their experience of making it to two finals in the last 3 years.
Barcelona were outstanding in the group stage as they swept aside Manchester City, Borussia Monchengladbach and Celtic taking 15 points whilst scoring 20 goals and conceding 4. Despite having an impressive run in the group stage Barcelona appeared to have faltered in round 16 when they were thrashed 4-0 by PSG at the Parc de Princes. Although Barcelona bounced back to stun PSG 6-1 and advance to the quarter finals with the help of poor refereeing. Lionel Messi currently leads the CL with the most goals having scored 11 so far in the competition therefore Messi will likely be their talisman going forward. Although this is nothing new. Domestically Barcelona have been strong as the club sit in 2nd place on 60 points.
Bayern Munich performed well in the group stage gaining a hard fought win over group leaders Atletico for the final group match this season winning 1-0 at home and finishing with 12 points. Had Bayern not suffered a shock 3-2 loss to Rostov away from home then the Bavarians would have finished top of their group on goal difference. There were no such shocks in round 16 however as Bayern made light work of Arsenal, as they have done in recent seasons, winning 10-2 on aggregate against the North London side. As far as Bayern’s domestic form goes its business as usual with the club sitting top of the Bundesliga on 59 points.
Dortmund played well in the group stage as the club finished top of their group on 14 points as the club won 4 games as well as drawing twice to Real Madrid in which they came back on both occasions to frustrate Madrid. Their performance in round 16 did not begin as smooth as the club registered their first loss in the competition this season to Benfica as they lost 1-0 away from home. However the club staged a comeback in the return leg winning 4-0 courtesy of an Aubameyang hat trick. As well as this Aubameyang is now the third top joint goal scorer alongside Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich) in the competition on 7 goals and as such Dortmund will be heavily reliant on him going forward. Domestically Dortmund haven’t been as great as we would expect as the club sit in third place on 43 points well behind Bayern Munich.
Juve have had an impressive run so far in the competition as they are one of only two teams, alongside Real Madrid, who have not lost a game yet in the competition. Juventus moved through the group stage with relative ease as they progressed with 14 points whilst winning 4 games and drawing 2 in the process. Juve again progressed through the round 16 with little trouble as the club defeated Porto 3-0 on aggregate whilst in the process being the only team not to concede a goal in round 16. As far as their domestic form goes there’s nothing new as Juventus continue to dominate Serie A sitting in 1st place on 70 points.
The majority of the teams in this list tend to feature in the knockout stages of the CL however this has been Leicester’s first season in the competition and despite all odds the club have managed to make it to the quarter final. The group stage saw Leicester come out on top as the club managed to finish with 13 points in what proved to be a tight contest as Porto came a close second on 11 points. Leicester appeared to struggle in the first leg of round 16 as the club lost 2-1 to Sevilla away from home but despite this managed to find their way back into tie as the club managed to pull off a 2-0 win at home to progress. The result was extremely surprising considering that Sevilla have been in extremely good form in the Spanish League meanwhile Leicester sit in 15th place on 27 points in the Premier League. Although with Leicester winning the Premier League on a 5000/1 shot last season there was always the chance that they could exceed expectations in the Champions League.
Monaco managed to finish top of their group on 11 points with Bayern Leverkusen finishing second on 10 points. Monaco have been unbelievable going forward this season which was demonstrated no better than in their round 16 tie with Manchester City which resulted in a 5-3 loss away from home before going on to win 3-1 at home in the second leg. Monaco are without question one of the teams to avoid in the competition as Pep Guardiola branded them “killers in the box” and he is not wrong as Monaco have the best attacking record in Europe this season with 84 goals in 29 matches. Domestically Monaco have done well this season to battle PSG who previously had a stranglehold on Ligue 1 as Monaco sit 3 points clear on 68 points.
Finally we have Real Madrid who have also made it into the last 8 of the competition having finished second to Borussia Dortmund in the group stage on 12 points. Real Madrid went on to have a shaky start in both ties of round 16 against Napoli as Madrid were forced to comeback from being 1-0 down home and away but managed to record a 6-2 aggregate in the end with Sergio Ramos stepping up in the away leg to head in 2 goals and secure Real Madrid a place in the quarter finals. Real Madrid have won the competition twice in the past 3 years so will likely be confident as they move into the quarter final stage. Domestically Real Madrid have been strong as the club sits top of La Liga on 62 points as they now look to chase the double.
Finally I’ve decided to make a prediction on who will face off in the quarter final. Obviously this could come back to haunt me but hopefully I get at least one tie right…
- Leicester City vs Real Madrid
- Monaco vs Bayern Munich
- Atletico Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund
- Barcelona vs Juventus
The Quarter Finals are as follows:
- Atletico Madrid vs Leicester City
- Borussia Dortmund vs Monaco
- Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid
- Juventus vs Barcelona
Got one right in the end, not so bad…