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The quarterfinals of the Champions League start on Tuesday. Manchester City will play Atletico Madrid, Villarreal will try to hold on to Bayern, Chelsea will face Real Madrid and Liverpool will play against Benfica with Roman Jaremcuk.

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Benfica – Liverpool

Jürgen Klopp’s team in the 1/8 of the Champions League played with the Italian “Inter”. In the first meeting at home, the English club more or less dominated. It can not be said that Inter, which lost the first place in the race for the title of Italian champion, proved to be helpless, but Liverpool is now one of the strongest teams not only in Europe but also in the world. Liverpool closed the gap from Manchester City in the Premier League and is now on the rise. The key question is whether it has enough power for both sides.

Benfica beat Ajax impressively. Despite the superiority of the Dutch in possession of the ball and more shots at home, Benfica managed to get the ticket to the quarterfinals of the Champions League with one shot at home.

The Portuguese have little chance of overtaking Liverpool. Bookmakers are evaluating the chances of Benfica winning with an odds of 8.50.

Chelsea – Real Madrid

The winners of the Champions League face Real Madrid. Chelsea failed completely unexpectedly in Saturday’s match against Branford, losing 4-1. However, in the last 16 meetings, Thomas Tuchel’s team has won 12 games. All the key players of the English team will be able to play, so Chelsea looks more competitive than Real Madrid in the band. In the 1/8 of the Champions League, the club met the French champion “Lille” and won it in two matches. Chelsea justified the status of the favorite of the meeting and did not face serious resistance.

Carlo Ancelotti’s team is at the top of the Liga table, but games are not always easy for Real Madrid. In the last match, the club beat Celta Vigo, scoring both goals from the penalty spot. Today’s attack of Real Madrid largely depends on the presence of Karen Benzema in the starting lineup. The French striker will be able to take part in the match with Chelsea, so the attack will look more varied with a lot of Benzema – Vinicius.

Two clubs intend to recover after unsuccessful matches, so they will play open football. The fans are expecting an irreconcilable match and a large number of goals. The chances of the two teams are almost equal, but the bookmakers prefer Chelsea.

Manchester City – Atletico Madrid

Last year, Pep Guardiola’s team stopped winning the tournament with a small defeat by Chelsea. Already this season, the team passed Sporting without much resistance, having determined the ticket status for the quarterfinals in the first match. The club beat Burnley last weekend and continues to maintain its lead in the English Premier League.

Atletico Madrid is an underdog and is in 4th place. But the team’s coach, Diego Simeone, knows how to organize football at home against the giants and achieve a positive result. Atletico had already passed Manchester United, which was pushing, but could not achieve a winning result in the second game. If the Spaniards manage to get a draw from England, Simeone will definitely be able to add this result to the assets.

Obviously, the English team will be on the attack from the first minutes, but this choice will open opportunities for Atletico to counterattack. Both players are now good players.

Bayern – Villarreal

Bayern is one of the main favorites for the Champions League. Julian Nagelsman was able to put the team under a certain pressure and a short pass. Thanks to this, the football that Bayern plays has become more modern and competitive in the European arena. In the league, the closest pursuer is Borussia Dortmund, but immediately behind with nine points. At the weekend, the club defeated Freiburg 4-1.

Unai Emery has already created some sensations in this draw. First, Villarreal were ahead of Gasperini’s Atalanta in the race for second place and in the 1/8 finals of the tournament they beat Juventus 3-0, despite Torino’s superiority in the shots on goal. However, now the Spanish team is in decline. In the last two meetings, he lost first to Cadiz and then to Levante.

However, Villarreal’s chances for a third sensation are extremely small. Bayern is many times stronger than Atalanta and Juventus. The German club no longer faces serious resistance in the Bundesliga and is ready to concentrate in the Champions League. The form of the main striker of the club, Robert Lewandowski, deserves special mention. For has already scored 12 goals and clearly does not intend to stop there.

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