8 Best Team to Champions League quarter-finals
After the exciting matches in the final round of the round of 16 of this season’s Champions League, we have determined the full 8 teams that will compete in the quarterfinals.
On March 15th, the final matches of the UEFA Champions League round of 16 took place. At the Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid hosted Liverpool with a huge advantage after winning 5-2 in the first leg. Both teams started the game with an open style of play, but there were no early goals.
It wasn’t until the 80th minute of the match, when Karim Benzema took advantage of a mistake by goalkeeper Alisson Becker and Liverpool’s defense, that he was able to score and seal the result of the match. This late goal also ended any hopes of a comeback for Jurgen Klopp’s team.
Overall, Real Madrid advanced to the quarterfinals of the Champions League with a convincing 6-2 aggregate scoreline over the two legs. Meanwhile, Liverpool continued to show their fear of Los Blancos in European competitions, as they have now gone 9 consecutive games without a win against the Spanish giants.
In the other match played at the same time, Napoli had no difficulties as they hosted Frankfurt with a 2-0 advantage from the first leg. A brace from the highly sought-after European star Victor Osimhen (45’+2, 53′) and a penalty from Zielinski in the 64th minute sealed a 3-0 victory for Napoli.
So, after the round of 16 in the Champions League, we now have the full set of 8 teams who will be competing in the quarter-finals. These teams include Chelsea, Benfica, Bayern Munich, AC Milan, Man City, Inter, Real Madrid, and Napoli. In fact, all of these teams are considered to be favorites in their respective matchups.
Of the 8 teams in the Champions League quarter-finals this season, 3 are from Italy, 2 from England, 1 from Spain, 1 from Germany, and 1 from Portugal. The teams from Serie A have played impressively this year, while the two biggest footballing nations in Europe, the Premier League and La Liga, have only contributed a total of 3 teams to the quarter-finals.
It can be said that this is a dream season for Serie A teams. After many years, the Italian league has finally contributed 3 representatives to the strongest 8 teams round. Among them, it took the Italians 17 years to have both Inter Milan and AC Milan reach this stage.
Napoli is the last Italian team to qualify, but they have made the strongest impression. After 2 matches, the Serie A leaders defeated last season’s Europa League champions, Frankfurt, 5-0. With their strong performances both domestically and in Europe, Napoli is expected to work wonders in this year’s Champions League.
The draw for the Champions League matchups brought together some of the biggest teams, resulting in top contenders like PSG and Liverpool being knocked out earlier than expected. Their opponents, Bayern Munich, and Real Madrid showed more skill and convincingly won both matches.
After determining the top 8 representatives, the draw for the quarterfinals will take place on March 17th, 2023 at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. In this round, the teams will be randomly paired up to compete for a spot in the semifinals. From this point on, teams that previously faced each other in the group stage or were from the same country may end up playing against each other.
The first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals will take place on April 11th and 12th, 2023, with the second leg on April 18th and 19th.
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