Champions League Quarterfinals Draw Predictions: Most Anticipated Matches by Fans
The UEFA Champions League is one of the most famous and popular football tournaments in the world, attracting the attention of millions of fans worldwide every year. The list of the top eight teams for the 2022/23 season has been officially announced, which includes Real Madrid, Napoli, AC Milan, Inter Milan, Manchester City, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, and Benfica, after a hard-fought battle to the top.
Tonight, the draw for the quarterfinals will take place at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, where many football legends and legendary figures will also come to help, together witnessing this fate of the football elites.
There are no rules for avoiding teams from the same country or the same group in the quarterfinals draw, adding excitement and suspense to the event. The home and away advantage rule is no longer important, as the away goals rule was canceled last season. This means that both sides will have to do their best in the home and away matches if they want to advance.
For each of the eight teams in the quarterfinals, group matchups will be crucial if they want to go further. Whether it is Manchester City, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, or Inter Milan, whoever they are drawn against will result in a breathtaking battle.
In the quarterfinals, if the scores are tied at the end of the match, they will enter extra time, and if still tied, the game will be decided by penalty shootouts. Considering that the strength of the teams in the quarterfinals is already very close, there may be many tied matches, and it is expected that there will be a high probability of extra time or even penalty shootouts in the upcoming games, which will bring a strong sense of excitement and tension.
The quarterfinals will officially begin on April 11th with the first leg, followed by the second leg on the 18th. The teams that make it to the semifinals will play the first leg on May 9th and the second leg on May 16th. The final of this year's Champions League will take place on June 10th at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey, where the ultimate champion of the Champions League will be crowned.
In the quarterfinals, the three Italian giants all made it through their respective groups and occupied three of the eight spots, which was a surprise. Chelsea, who has been struggling in the league, also managed to make it to the quarterfinals alongside Manchester City, maintaining the pride of the Premier League. Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are the favorites to win the championship, with one being an undefeated champion and the other being an all-around powerhouse. Benfica, the only "wildcard," is not to be underestimated, as their strong attack will ensure their advancement.
Group Stage Predictions
For fans, the most interesting thing is undoubtedly the matchups between the eight teams. With some history of rivalry between the teams, what kind of groupings will create the most buzz and produce unforgettable classic battles? Let's predict together.
1.Chelsea vs Benfica
The two teams met in the quarterfinals of the 2011-12 UEFA Champions League, with Chelsea eliminating Benfica with a total score of 3-1 and eventually winning the Champions League. In the winter transfer market, Chelsea spent 120 million to forcibly sign Enzo Fernandez from Benfica, which angered the Portuguese giants. If the two teams meet again in the Champions League, the Argentinean international will return to his former club, and it remains to be seen how he will be treated.
2.Bayern vs AC Milan
The two teams are old opponents in European competitions, having faced each other 16 times. Bayern have 5 wins, 4 draws, and 7 losses, slightly trailing AC Milan. The two teams met in the semifinals of the 2006-07 UEFA Champions League, with AC Milan eliminating Bayern with a total score of 5-2 and eventually winning the Champions League.
3.Manchester City vs Inter Milan
Both teams are currently ranked second in the English Premier League and Serie A respectively. However, Manchester City still has hopes of winning the league title, while Inter Milan is already 18 points behind the league leaders Napoli and has basically lost any hope of winning the title. They can invest more energy into the Champions League. The two teams have only met once in European competitions, in the round of 16 of the 2010-11 UEFA Europa League, with Inter Milan eliminating Manchester City with a total score of 3-0.
4.Real Madrid vs Napoli
The two teams met in the round of 16 of the 2016-17 UEFA Champions League, with Real Madrid eliminating Napoli with a total score of 6-2 and eventually winning their third consecutive Champions League title. For Napoli, who are currently leading the way in Serie A, revenge and even winning the Champions League to make history are the biggest motivations to strive for victory.
Clash of Titans
Of course, if we want the draw to be even more explosive, we can look forward to the following two matchups:
Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich
These two teams are always considered the two strongest teams in Europe. They are both giants in their respective leagues and have had countless classic matches in the Champions League. In the second decade of the 21st century, they met four times in the semifinals and quarterfinals, with Real Madrid winning three and losing one. In the 2017/18 season, Real Madrid defeated Bayern Munich and eventually won the Champions League. Although the two teams haven't played each other in the last five years, perhaps this time...
Inter Milan vs AC Milan
The Milan derby was once one of the most classic derbies in world football, but in recent years it has been overlooked due to the decline of Italian football. However, if this derby takes place in the Champions League, not only will the fans and management of both teams be excited, but football fans all over the world will also be able to witness its past glory.
There is a lot of enmity between the two teams in Milan. For example, Milan manager Maldini and Inter Milan's sports director Ausilio are "old opponents" who have been competing since the beginning of their careers. They have both retired now, but they still shine for their respective teams. If they meet in this match, there will definitely be a different kind of emotion and spark.
The comparison of strength between AC Milan and Inter Milan will also be a highlight. Although Inter Milan has a slightly better record in the league, the difference between the two teams is not big, and the competition for second place is increasingly intense. Regardless of which team ultimately wins, this match will be a classic not to be missed.
Three Italian teams have made it into the quarter-finals of the Champions League this year, and the joint qualification of the Milan duo has elevated the emotions of old fans. The presence of Bayern Munich and Real Madrid reminds everyone that this is undoubtedly a top-level competition in the world of football. Napoli and Benfica, representing the young storm of football, will not fear any opponent as they have proven that their strength is enough to eliminate any opponent. Manchester City, which has always appeared weak in the Champions League, is even more eager to prove that they cannot be underestimated. Haaland's desire to win his first Champions League trophy will make him like a beast! Chelsea, with their rich experience in Champions League matches, cannot be underestimated either. Their poor performance in the league requires them to prove themselves with a Champions League trophy.