The second round of the UEFA Champions League is now over as the teams await the draw for the Quarter-Finals in Zurich on Friday March 20 at 2:00 PM (KSA)
Here are the aggregate scores of the games that happened in the Knockout Round of the competition:
FC Porto 5-1 FC Basel
Real Madrid 5-4 Schalke
Chelsea 3-3 Paris Saint Germain
Bayern Munich 7-0 Shakhtar Donetsk
AS Monaco 3-3 Arsenal
Atletico Madrid 1-1 Bayer Leverkusen
Borussia Dortmund 1-5 Juventus
Barcelona 3-1 Manchester City
Therefore, the teams that are now part of the competition in the Quarter-Finals are:
FC Porto (Portugal)
Real Madrid (Spain)
Paris Saint Germain (France)
Bayern Munich (Germany)
AS Monaco (France)
Atletico Madrid (Spain)
It is, of course, very important to keep in mind that there is no restrictions with the upcoming draw and, therefore, a team can play another team from the same country. It is equally important to realize that, yet again, England have disappointed as none of their teams were able to make it to this round… Anyways, here is a quick overview on each team that Real Madrid could be playing against:
The last time that they were able to make it into the Quarter-Finals was during the 2008/2009 season as their record this season stands at 7 wins, 3 draws, and no losses with 20 goals scored and 4 against. Their top scorers are Jackson Martinez and Yacine Brahimi with 5 goals each.
They may be seen as slight underdogs but that certainly should not mean that they should be underestimated in any way. They are a team more than capable of causing an upset on their night and, in the Champions League, I wouldn’t put it past them really.
Paris Saint Germain:
They were last in the Quarter-Finals during the 2013/2014 season as they got knocked out by Chelsea on away goals. Well, karma is a b***h as they now knocked Chelsea out on away goals and see themselves going into the next round. Their record this season in the Champions League stands at 4 wins, 3 draws, and 1 loss with 13 goals scored and 10 conceded. Their top scorer is Edinson Cavani with 8 goals scored so far.
PSG have been able to prove many doubters wrong as they played a massive game against Chelsea and were able to knock them out of the competition, even though they played most of the game with 10 men after Zlatan Ibrahimovic was given his marching orders during the first half.
One of the favorites of this competition, Bayern Munich could end up winning it this season! Their record so far stands at 6 wins, 1 draw, and 1 loss with their top scorer unsurprisingly being Thomas Muller with 5 goals in the competition this year.
Bayern Munich will be a team that many will want to avoid as they have been able to continue improving with Pep Guardiola at the helm. Are they beatable? Of course, but it will definitely not be anything remotely close to an easy game…
AS Monaco are in the Quarter-Finals for the first time since the 2003/2004 season after knocking Arsenal out and showing that they are capable of causing an upset. Their record so far this season is at 4 wins, 2 draws, and 2 losses with seven different players scoring one-goal each. No top scorer really as of yet, I guess.
To be honest, AS Monaco will be a team that many would want but that would simply mean that the French club will come out playing with no pressure, and that could end up being very frightening. They cannot be underestimated and will really need to be taken seriously in this competition to avoid any upsets.
One of the two finalists of last season, Atletico Madrid will want to try making it all the way this year. Their record in the competition stands at 5 wins, 1 draw, and 2 losses with their top scorer being Mario Mandzukic with 5 goals for the team.
The Spanish club will need a good win to give them motivation and they are definitely more than capable of beating any of the ‘bigger’ teams in this competition. They have proven how good they are before and are ready to do it once again this year. They are going to be a major threat, there is no doubts about that.
Juventus are the only Italian team left in the competition and will want to continue showing their true capabilities. There is no denying that they are more than good enough and have improved drastically since last season. Their record this year in the competition so far is 5 wins, 1 draw, and 2 losses with Carlos Tevez scoring 6 goals to become their top scorer so far.
Juventus are a great team but have their weaknesses. With that said, they will be very aware of their problems and will use the game they had against Borussia Dortmund to give them more motivation. On their night, they can beat anyone else in the competition but, that’s the problem: It has to be on their night. If not, they will find it extremely difficult to make it into the semi-finals.
Last but not least is Barcelona. They are arguably the main favorites to win this competition and there is very good reason as to why. Their record stands at 7 wins, no draws, and one loss with Lionel Messi scoring 8 goals so far.
Barcelona have been practically unstoppable since the New Year with their lethal attacking lineup of Neymar, Luis Suarez, and Lionel Messi. They can be stopped but only if their opponents are having a perfect game. It would not be surprising to see them carrying the trophy at the end of the season.
My Personal Choice?
Real Madrid have quite a tough draw ahead but, of course, there are teams that I will prefer playing against more than others. I’m not saying that it will be easy, but it would be ‘easier’ overall. With that said, to win the best competition in the world, you have to beat some of the best teams in the world. Whoever was able to make it this far did it for a reason and it means that no one can be underestimated whatsoever. The following is the order of teams that I would want to play against (from best choice to worst):
That’s my personal choice. What is yours?
“Hala Madrid y Nada Mas!”