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The Champions League Quarter-Finalists: Truth And Winning Chances

Football Champions League

UEFA Champions League is the top level football league held between the top teams of each European nation.

At the starting point, 32 teams play in a group stage, and 16 sides will stay after this. More matches take place until only two teams left to fight for the trophy in the final.

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Right now, there remaining eight teams and these quarter-finalists have been named and drawn to see which team will face which.

The quarter-finals draw of UEFA Champions League 2019

Let’s check out the following facts about each team and their performance so far.

#1. Ajax Amsterdam

AFC Ajax is a football club in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Historically, Ajax is the most successful team in their country.

This team has entered the Champions League and won 4 cups: 1970–71, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1994–95.

The crest of AFC Ajax (1990–present)

The fact that Ajax took out Real Madrid from the Champions League is shocking news.

The Dutch team lost on their first match to Real Madrid with the score of 2-1, yet made a 90 degree turn when going to Spanish soil, winning 4-1 and removing Real Madrid from the tournament. The players of Ajax are after all, very young, so it is difficult to say that they shoot for greatness after a 90-minute match. But the win over Real Madrid proved that other teams should not take Ajax lightly.

2. Barcelona

Futbol Club Barcelona is a Spanish professional football club based in Barcelona, Spain. This team has entered the Champions League and won 5 cups: 1991–92, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2014–15.

By winning the fifth Champions League trophy on June 6, 2015, Barcelona became the first European club in history to achieve a treble twice. Under the guidance of Ernesto Valverde, this year, the team has played exciting football to head toward the quarter-finals.

Of all the quarter-final fixtures, the quarter-final match between Barcelona and Manchester United will be the most anticipated. These two clubs have met twelve times in overall, with Barca winning five times, Man Utd winning three and four ending in draws. And if any match will ever determine how good a coach Olé Gunnar Solskjaer is, this is it.

3. Juventus FC

Juventus Football Club is an Italian professional football club based in Turin, Piedmont.

This team has entered the Champions League and won 2 times: 1984–85, 1995–96.

Although Juventus dominated European football during the 1970s and 1980s, disappointment always got in the way, with only two European Cup victories in the 1984- 85 and 1995-96 season, too unimpressive compared to their greatness. In July 2018, Juventus broke the record for a fee paid by an Italian club by purchasing Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid for €112 million. With Ronaldo on their side instead of standing in their way, they would fancy their chances of winning the whole thing better.

4. FC Porto

Futebol Clube do Porto, commonly known as FC Porto or simply Porto is a Portuguese sports club based in Porto.

This team has entered the Champions League and won 2 cups: 1986-87, 2003-04.

Despite losing to Liverpool by five goals last season, the reality is that the Porto tie is going to be anything but easy for Liverpool. All the players in the Porto team are great characters. No matter which opponent they play against, the players will always give their all. They can cause distress among the Liverpool stars.

5. Manchester United

Manchester United Football Club is a professional football club based in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, England.

This team has entered the Champions League and won 3 cups: 1967-68, 1998-99, 2007-08.

Manchester United will become determined to win on aggregate after April 17th for their two UCL final losses against Barcelona. Sir Alex Ferguson couldn’t stop Pep Guardiola’s men on two occasions, and they ran away with the UCL trophy in 2009 and 2011.

All at the expense of United, they even beat Manchester United in the 2009 final at what should be their second home ground: Wembley. Despite chances of winning the UEFA Champions League Cup is within their hands, Manchester United is still a team stepping out from a disastrous five years of underachievement and ill-management, so they need to step up their game to prepare for Barcelona.

6. Manchester City

Manchester City Football Club is a football club based in Manchester, England.

They have never won a European Cup or the Champions League.

Currently, Manchester City have undoubtedly one of the best squads left in the competition – they have the best attacking and midfield players, which will play a huge factor in winning the UCL.

But Manchester City isn’t the only one playing in this competition.

Teams like Juventus, Barcelona, Ajax, Liverpool, and Bayern are going to cause a lot of hurdles in the quarter-finals. It the knockout stage and Manchester City needs to be focused and give 100%.

7. Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, commonly referred to as Tottenham or Spurs, is a professional football club in Tottenham, London. They have never won a European Cup or the UEFA Champions League.

Will they make it this year?

Coach Pochettino has made subtle shifts to Spurs’ overall game, and the squad has achieved more uniformity and resilience and is no longer reliant on hard pressing and quick counter-attacks to win matches.

However, the struggles that Tottenham must face outside of the field can be problematic for them. The constant delays in moving into the new stadium have created a lot of unrest among the fans and players. It can also lead to a decrease in the players’ performances.

8. Liverpool

Liverpool Football Club is a professional football club in Liverpool, England.

This team has entered the Champions League and won 5 cups: 1976-77, 1977-78, 1980-81, 1983-84, 2004-05.

Liverpool is building a new midfield. It will get enhanced as the joining of Naby Keita and Fabinho to the current team, in combination with Ox and other players. This addition comes at a cost to the team’s coherence, and they will need some time to introduce their new teammate to Liverpool’s style of play, so it is early to say anything about them. All I can say is that Liverpool has a chance now that they have a better squad depth.

Closing Notes

For the first time in Champions League history for 13 years, no German team will play in the quarter-finals. Borussia Dortmund lost to Tottenham Hotspur while Schalke got sent off by Man City and Bayern Munich failed miserably against Liverpool.

It is difficult to say who would win the UEFA Champions League, but we can be sure that this season will have a lot of surprises as some of the best teams go head to head with other emerging strong sides.

So as for me, I will not miss any match going further in the quarter-finals and will help keep me up-to-date. It not only updates the time and venue of the coming matches but also uploads the news and result very quickly.


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