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The Champions League quarter-finals draw



The draw for the Champions League quarter-finals, which was held on Friday, resulted in 4 heavy-caliber confrontations

The chances of each team in qualifying for the semi-finals, and many factors that may make the difference, such as experiences, technical level, strengths and weaknesses.

Bayern München and Paris Saint-Germain

The Bavarian giant remains the strongest in the current period in terms of numbers and technical level, and the first to admit this by his Parisian competitor through the statements of his officials, whether technical director Mauricio Pochettino or Leonardo sports director.

The German champion achieved the hexagon, and became an invincible team under the leadership of his current coach Hans Flick, and he has a distinguished strength in almost all lines, starting with the veteran goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, passing through the midfield duo Groitske and Kimmich and the two backs Afonso Davis and Pavard, and a powerful attacking force that includes the goals machine Lewandowski and his assistants Gnabry and Thomas Muller, Leroy Sane, and Kingsley Coman.

Flick also has distinct elements at the bench level, such as Douglas Costa, Zuli, Lucas Hernandez and Musyala, but the German team is technically disappointed by the relatively slowness in the depth of defense, especially Jerome Boateng and David Alaba.

On the other hand, his rival PSG is distinguished by the possession of distinctive attacking solutions capable of making the difference, especially the trio Neymar, Mbappe, Di Maria, Icardi and Moise Kane, and a strong midfield that includes Verratti, Paredes, Idrissa Gaye, Draxler, Ander Herrera and Ravenia, and the goalkeeper, Keylor Navas, who is currently classified as Among the best world goalkeepers, and he played a big role in the exclusion of Barcelona.

Gradually, Saint-Germain gained European experience thanks to its qualification for the final of last season, and its superiority over major clubs in recent years, such as Barcelona, ​​Manchester United, Real Madrid, Liverpool and Bayern Munich also 3 seasons ago.

However, Saint-Germain is flawed by the large number of muscle injuries among its ranks, the recklessness in translating easy opportunities, as well as the disastrous mistakes of its defenders, especially the duo Kimbembe and Kurzawa, and the weakness of the options available in the backs of the flank.

So Bayern’s chances seem stronger, but if the Parisian team qualifies, it won’t be a big surprise.

Liverpool and Real Madrid

A confrontation between two teams who won the title 19 times, and met in the final 3 years ago, the scales of history and experience are in the interest of the royal team, which includes among its ranks stars such as Modric, Casemiro, Benzema, Ramos, Varane, Kroos and Marcelo, who won the European title at least 3 times.

But the Madrid team may suffer from mental exhaustion in light of its competition for the La Liga title with Atletico Madrid and Barcelona, ​​and it suffers from many injuries that weakened some of its lines, such as the right front, in light of the repeated injuries of Carvajal and Odriozola.

The Real also flawed the lack of attacking trick, and relying too much on “Benzema” in light of Vinicius wasting easy opportunities and the fluctuation of the level of Asensio and Isco, and the lack of experience of “Rodrigo” other than the defensive mistakes, especially for the French Varane, while the Belgian goalkeeper Courtois remains one of the strengths.

As for Liverpool, it has recently acquired the characteristics of a champion by crowning it with all the local, continental and international titles in the past two seasons.

Despite its retreat locally and away from the competition for the English Premier League, the Lever has an offensive force to be reckoned with, and it gave him a different path at the European level with the presence of Salah, Mane, Firmino and Jota with a more dynamic midfield, but he suffers from a lack of options in the depth of defense, and the level of full-backs Arnold and Robertson declined. , And Brazilian goalkeeper Alison.

Chelsea and Porto

A confrontation between two teams who have also crowned the title, although the cuff is tilted a lot towards the London club, which is more experienced in the elimination rounds, and who has recently been on the technical level since the German Thomas Tuchel took over.

The Portuguese team has distinct offensive elements such as Mehdi Tarami and Moussa Mariga, unlike veteran defender Pepe, but the experiences of its coach Sergio Conceicao may not serve him, despite the special technical offers, especially against Juventus.

What favors Chelsea is also that its rhythm is faster, and its offensive weapons are more dangerous, with the presence of Mount, Werner, Pulisic, Gero and Abraham, and a very strong midfield that includes Kante, Kovacic and Georgino.

Manchester City and Dortmund

A match with a pure offensive flavor, the two teams raise the attack slogan and nothing else, the German club includes among its ranks Erling Haaland, the young attacking talent, and the scorer of the current version of the Champions League, assisted by Sancho, Hazard and Royce.

The German team also has distinguished elements in the midfield with the presence of Mahmoud Daoud and Witzel, in addition to the veteran defender Hummels, and its current coach, Eden Terzic, imposed a measure of tactical discipline.

As for the English team, it happened and there is no embarrassment, its coach Pep Guardiola, which is classified by many as the best in the world, and depends on a policy of rotation in all lines, and the diversification of its offensive and goal-oriented weapons between Sterling, De Bruyne, Foden, Bernardo Silva, Mahrez, Gundogan, Jesus and veteran Aguero

The biggest obstacle facing Guardiola is the relatively recklessness and lack of focus in the play-off roles due to defensive mistakes that cost him a lot in previous seasons, but the English team began to correct them with the improvement of the level of the Stones, LaPorte and Cansillo, and new additions such as Robin Diaz

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