When we reach this stage of the competiton it is wrong to rule out the underdogs. Both Benfica and Wolfsburg have shown why they have made it this far while some of the biggest clubs in wold football have plenty of work to do in this week’s Champions League second legs.
Real Madrid vs Wolfsburg (0-2 agg)
Few would have predicted a home win for Wolfsburg last Wednesday but the German side showed their might as they defeated Spanish giants Real Madrid 2-0 in a dominant display. Real failed to break down a determined defence and have a tough task tomorrow night in the Bernabeau. Cristiano Ronaldo was in flying form at the weekend scoring once and providing two assists in a league win. The pressure might get to Wolfsburg tomorrow night but so far they have impressed considering this is the club’s first time in the quarterfinals of Europe’s biggest competition.
Manchester City vs PSG (2-2 agg)
Manchester City scored two vital away goals last week which could swing the balance of this tie. PSG missed a host of chances and Zlatan Ibrahimovic could yet rue his missed penalty. The Parisians will be without centre back David Luiz and midfielder Blaise Matuidi but are expected to welcome playmaker Marco Verratti back into the starting eleven. Laurent Blanc is confident his side can progress provided his forwards make better use of their chances. This game could swing either way and looks set to be a cracking encounter.
Atletico Madrid vs FC Barcelona (1-2 agg)
Atletico Madrid were on cloud nine last Tueday night with 34 minutes played in their match. Leading Barcelona by a goal to nil in the Camp Nou with their defence rock solid things looked fantastic.However goalscorer Fernando Torres went from hero to villain as he was sent off for two needless fouls. A second half comeback saw the Catalans bombard the Madrid goal resulting in a Luis Suárez brace. Atletico are well equipped to score an early goal and sit back on Wednesday. A tense affair lies ahead and this tie will almost certainly be decided by whoever scores first.
Benfica vs Bayern Munich (0-1)
Bayern Munich expected a walkover over Benfica last week but the Portuguese side but up a valiant defence after conceding in the opening minutes. Bayern lost on Portuguese soil last year to Porto in the last 16. Benfica striker Jonas has a great goalscoring record and a comeback is certainly not off the cards. Watch this space…