Manchester City UEFA Champions League

UCL Quarter Final Preview Pt. 1

As we enter the latter stages of the 2023/24 UEFA Champions League, we are getting ever closer to finding out which club will become the latest European Champions.

The 2023/24 UEFA Champions League is slowly coming to a close with the Quarter Finals of European Football’s Premier Competition set to begin with two matches on Tuesday evening. Some of Europe’s biggest clubs remain in the competition, from reigning Champions Manchester City to record 14 time winners Real Madrid.

There will of course be four fixtures taking place at this stage in what will be the first leg of this round with games split evenly between Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th April 2024. Both of the two English clubs – Arsenal and Manchester City – are both set to play on Tuesday evening, with the Gunners facing FC Bayern Munich at the Emirates Stadium and the Cityzens face Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu. Both of these games are set to get underway at 20:00pm.

Meanwhile, the other two first leg fixtures are set to take place on Wednesday. One tie sees Atletico Madrid welcome German Giants Borussia Dortmund to the Estadio Metropolitano in the Spanish Capital in a 20:00 kick-off. Meanwhile, two European Heavyweights in the form of Paris Saint Germain and FC Barcelona are set to come face to face at the Parc des Princes in the heart of the French Capital – this hotly anticipated contest will also be taking place from 20:00 on Wednesday evening.

Here, we will take a look ahead at the first leg of these 2023/24 UEFA Champions League Quarter Final fixtures, starting with Arsenal’s crunch contest against reigning German Bundesliga Champions Bayern Munich at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday.

Arsenal (England) v Bayern Munich (Germany)

First up in this preview as promised is the game between Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal and a Bayern Munich team led by former Chelsea Boss Thomas Tuchel at the Emirates Stadium. The game will be played in a 20:00 kick-off on the evening of Tuesday 9th April 2024. The Gunners will be looking to enhance their chances of a place in the semi-finals with a win in the first leg before the second leg of this tie takes place in Bavaria.

The most recent match played between these two European heavyweights saw these two clubs face each other was when Bayern secured an emphatic two legged victory in the Round of 16 in the 2016/17 edition of this competition. The most recent victory for the Gunners against Bayern was in the Group Stages of the 2015/16 UEFA Champions League, where goals from Olivier Giroud (77’) and Mesut Ozil secured the win for the North London club that day.

Overall, these two clubs have met on 12 occasions over the years in this competition, and it is the reigning German Bundesliga Champions who have the most wins in this fixture with 7 wins compared to Arsenal’s 3. There have been just 2 draws between them to date.

The second leg will be taking place at the Allianz Arena in Munich on Wednesday 17th April 2024 in what will be a 20:00 kick-off.

Real Madrid (Spain) v Manchester City (England)

The game up next is the only other match taking place in this season’s competition on the evening of Tuesday 9th April 2024. It is between Real Madrid led by former Everton and Chelsea Head Coach Carlo Ancelotti and Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. The game will be played in a 20:00pm kick-off at the spectacular Santiago Bernabéu. City are of course the reigning European Champions, and they are aiming to beat the 14 time winners once more this season.

These two clubs did of course meet in last season’s competition when Manchester City and Real Madrid faced each other in the 2022/23 Semi Final, which City won 5 – 1 on aggregate. In the first leg, goals from Vinicius Junior (36’) and Kevin De Bruyne (67’) ensured a 1 – 1 draw in the Spanish Capital ahead of what was a very dominant performance from the Cityzens in what was a 4 – 0 win at the Etihad in Manchester. Bernardo Silva (23’, 37’), Manuel Akanji (76’), and Julian Alvarez (90+1’) ensured the win for Guardiola’s team.

Overall, these two heavyweights of European club football have played against each other on precisely 10 occasions as of the time of writing, and it is Manchester City with a superior record of 4 wins compared to Real Madrid’s total of 3 to date. There have also been 3 draws between them in this competition.

The second leg of this tie at the Etihad Stadium is to be played on Wednesday 17th April 2024 in a 20:00pm kick-off in Manchester.

Atletico Madrid (Spain) v Borussia Dortmund (Germany)

Up next is the 2023/24 UEFA Champions League Quarter Final 1st Leg game between Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid and a Borussia Dortmund side led by their Head Coach Edin Terzic in a 20:00pm kick-off at the Estadio Metropolitano on Wednesday 10th April 2024.

The most recent clash between these two titans of European football took place on Matchday four of the 2018/19 Group Stages, which saw Atletico Madrid triumph 2 – 0 thanks to goals from former Chelsea midfielder Saul (33’) and 2018 World Champion with France, Antoine Griezmann (80’). BVB had won their game against each other on Matchday 3 that year, beating their Spanish counterparts 4 – 0.

Their goals came thanks to Axel Witsel (38’), Raphael Guerreiro (73’, 89’), and Jadon Sancho (83’), who is currently back on loan with the German Giants from Manchester United.

Overall, Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund have faced each other a total of just 4 times so far, and as of the time of writing, they have both got 2 wins to their respective names to date. There have not, as a result, been any draws between them overall.

The second leg of this tie, set to take place at the Signal Iduna Park, is set to be played on Tuesday 16th April 2024 in what is set to be a 20:00pm kick-off.

Paris Saint Germain (France) v FC Barcelona (Spain)

The final first leg fixture to talk about in the Quarter Finals of the 2023/24 UEFA Champions League is the game between Paris Saint Germain and 5 time European Champions FC Barcelona at the Parc des Princes in the French Capital City of Paris on the evening of Wednesday 10th April 2024 in what is set to be a 20:00pm kick-off.

The most recent match played between these two sides was in a 1 – 1 draw in Paris in what was the second leg of their 2020/21 Round of 16 tie. PSG opened the scoring thanks to a Kylian Mbappe penalty half an hour into the game (31’) before Lionel Messi found the equaliser for the visiting Blaugrana side just a few moments later (37’). This followed a first leg that saw Paris Saint Germain secure what was an emphatic 4 – 1 win at the Camp Nou, with them finding the net through a Mbappe hat-trick (32’, 65’, 85’) and a goal from former Everton forward Moise Kean (70’). Lionel Messi score Barcelona’s only goal of the night in what was a consolation goal with just under half an hour gone in the game that night (27’).

The second leg of this blockbuster European tie will be taking place at the Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in a 20:00pm on the evening of Tuesday 16th April.

Excitement and anticipation are building rapidly ahead of the return of the 2023/24 UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night (9th April 2024).

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