The Champions League is gradually drawing to its finale. Fifteenth day of December in Nyon was determined teams that will play in the next stage. So who was it?
Hardly the leading bookmakers in the autumn of last year, could suggest that already at the stage of one-eighth draw will leave the current holders of the Cup – real Madrid and all German and French team. But it happened. And now more about the event itself.
The results of the draw for the ¼ finals of the Champions League
In mid-spring for the semi-finals will compete the following pairs:
- Ajax (Netherlands) – Juventus (Italy).
- Liverpool (England) – Porto (Portugal).
- Tottenham Hotspur (England) – Manchester City (England).
- Manchester United (England) – Barcelona (Spain).
What do we have?
To the surprise of many football experts, the tournament has managed to leave several favorites. Among them are not only the reigning title holder of the real, but also its neighbours Atletico. Also worth noting is the absence in the quarterfinals of the Bundesliga teams. Still, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund fully deserved the qualification to the next stage. Perhaps, unlike Schalke.
Let's not forget about the absence of French clubs. For the first time PSG have failed to reach the Champions League ¼ in. But for the first time in the last decade at this stage will perform four representatives of the Premier League. And one of them (the winner of the match Tottenham – Manchester city) will definitely be among the finalists.
In the semi-finals between them will meet the winners of the pairs:
- Tottenham : Manchester City/Ajax : Juventus;
- Manchester United : Barcelona/Liverpool : Port.ong>
You do not need to be an expert in football to assess the chances of success of the representatives of Albion. But don't forget about the great game of Messi. His rivalry with Ronaldo, who is now "the Old lady", as well as the progress of Ajax.
The first quarterfinal confrontation will take place the ninth and tenth of April. The return games of this stage will be the sixteenth and seventeenth of the same month. The semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League is waiting for football fans the thirtieth of April, the first, seventh and eighth of may. And the final, which will be held in Spain, will be held in the first day of summer.