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UCL Quarter Final Preview Pt. 2

The second legs of this season’s UEFA Champions League Quarter Final ties are rapidly approaching, with teams battling for qualification for the next round.

Arsenal and Manchester City are amongst the clubs who are entering a decisive week of UEFA Champions League Quarter Final action, with the second leg of ties to be played on Tuesday 16th and Wednesday 17th April 2024. Qualification for the semi-finals is at stake in what is set to be an enthralling and equally tense two days of world-class football.

Four more matches are of course going to be played to decide the ultimate fates of all of the remaining clubs in this season’s competition. On Tuesday night, 5 time winners FC Barcelona will host fellow European heavyweights Paris Saint-Germain at the Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in what will be a 20:00 kick-off.

At the same time as the Blaugrana’s game against their Parisian counterparts, Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid will be travelling to the Signal Iduna Park to come face to face once more against German Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund who are led by Head Coach Edin Terzic. This contest will of course be getting underway at 20:00.

Following these two blockbuster matches, two more will be taking place on Wednesday evening, where both of the remaining English clubs, holders Manchester City and Arsenal, are going to be playing. Pep Guardiola’s Cityzens are looking to repeat the feat of last term by confirming victory against Real Madrid at the Etihad Stadium in what will be a 20:00 kick-off. Meanwhile, Arsenal face a trip to Bavaria to go toe to toe against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena – also in a 20:00 kick-off.

All the teams certainly have work to do in the second leg in order to secure their place in the Semi Finals of the 2023/24 UEFA Champions League. We will start this preview by looking forward to Tuesday’s action – starting with FC Barcelona versus Paris Saint Germain.

FC Barcelona (Spain) vs. Paris Saint Germain (France) Agg. 3 – 2

Two European heavyweights are set to go head to head for a place in the next round of this season’s Champions League when FC Barcelona faces Paris Saint Germain at the Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in a 20:00 kick-off on Tuesday night.

Rewinding to the first leg of the tie at the Parc des Princes in the French Capital of Paris, it was a tight, tense, and competitive 3 – 2 win for the Blaugrana. The Spanish side got their goals thanks to Raphinha (37’, 62’) and former Chelsea central defender Andreas Christensen (77’). Meanwhile, former Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele was on target for PSG, as was Portuguese midfielder Vitinha (51’).

Since then, Barcelona has played just one match, whilst PSG have not played any in between these two legs of this Quarter Final tie. Xavi’s Barca came face to face with Cadiz away from home in La Liga, where they were 1 – 0 winners thanks to a goal in the latter stages of the first half from Joao Felix (37’).

Borussia Dortmund (Germany) vs. Atletico Madrid (Spain) Agg. 1 – 2

Next up in this preview is the crucial game taking place between Edin Terzic’s Borussia Dortmund and an Atletico Madrid side led by former Argentina international midfielder Diego Simeone at the Signal Iduna Park in a 20:00 kick-off on Tuesday night.

Back in the first leg of this tie, Atletico Madrid came away as 2 – 1 winners. The Rojiblancos took the lead early on through Rodrigo De Paul (4’) before Samuel Lino doubled their advantage just after half an hour had elapsed (32’). Former West Ham United forward Sebastian Haller halved the deficit for BVB late on in the second half (81’).

Both clubs have played just once, both in league matches, in between the first and second legs of their UCL Quarter Final tie. Firstly, Borussia Dortmund were 2 – 1 winners away from home against Borussia Monchengladbach, where former Manchester United loanee Marcel Sabitzer scored a brace (22’, 28’ – Penalty). Maximillian Wober scored the sole goal of the game for Monchengladbach.

Moving on to Atletico Madrid, they faced high flying Girona at the Wanda Metropolitano where Simeone’s Rojiblancos won comfortably 3 – 1. Artem Dovbyk gave the away side the lead before goals from Antoine Griezmann (34’ – Penalty, 50’) and Angel Correa (45+6’) sealed all three points for Atleti.

Manchester City (England) vs. Real Madrid (Spain) Agg. 3 – 3

The penultimate game that we are looking ahead of this week’s action sees Pep Guardiola’s UEFA Champions League holders Manchester City come face to face with 14 time winners Real Madrid in the second leg of their 2023/24 Quarter Final tie at the Etihad Stadium in what will be a 20:00 kick-off in Manchester on Wednesday.

If the first leg was anything to go by, then the second leg of this UCL Quarter Final tie ought to be enthralling. Back at the Santiago Bernabéu, these two European heavyweights played out a highly competitive and entertaining 3 – 3 draw in Madrid.

Bernardo Silva gave City the lead very early on in the game (2’), before an own goal from Ruben Dias restored parity just 10 minutes after the opener (12’). Rodrygo gave Real Madrid the lead just a couple of moments later (14’), and it took a Phil Foden goal with less than half an hour remaining in the second half for City to equalise (66’). It was 3 – 2 to the Cityzens shortly after that through Josko Gvardiol (71’), only for Uruguayan international midfielder Federico Valverde to equalise for Carlo Ancelotti’s hosts in the latter stages of the second half (79’).

Since then, both Real Madrid and Manchester City have played one league match each, in La Liga and the Premier League respectively. Starting with City, they were emphatic 5 – 1 winners against newly promoted Luton Town at the Etihad Stadium, where Guardiola’s side scored through a Daiki Hashioka own goal (2’), and Mateo Kovacic (64’), Erling Haaland (76’ – Penalty), Jeremy Doku (87’) and Josko Gvardiol (90+3’). Former Chelsea and Everton attacking midfielder Ross Barkley was the sole goal scorer for the visiting Hatters side that day (81’).

Moving on to Real Madrid, Los Blancos were 1 – 0 away winners against Mallorca, where the winning goal was scored by France international midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni in the early stages of the second half (48’).

Bayern Munich (Germany) vs. Arsenal (England) Agg. 2 – 2

Finally, the last remaining game for us to preview ahead of this week’s 2023/24 UEFA Champions League Quarter Final action is set to be between Bayern Munich and Arsenal at the Allianz Arena in Germany. Kick-off is set to be at 20:00 on the night of Wednesday 17th April 2024 in Bavaria.

In the first leg at the Emirates Stadium, it was a thrilling 2 – 2 draw between these two teams in North London. Bukayo Saka gave the Gunners the advantage (12’) before they were pegged back when former Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion forward Serge Gnabry equalised for Bayern, restoring parity just a few moments after Saka’s opener (18’). Former Spurs forward Harry Kane gave the German side the lead to complete the turnaround for Thomas Tuchel’s side (32’ – Penalty) before Leandro Trossard equalised for Mikel Arteta’s side late on in the second half (76’).

Since then, both clubs have played just one match, both in the Bundesliga and the Premier League respectively. Starting with Bayern, they were comfortable 2 – 0 winners against FC Koln at the Allianz Arena through goals from Raphael Guerreiro (65’) and Thomas Muller (90+3’), although they did lose their 11 year grip on the German Bundesliga title by surprise title winners Bayer Leverkusen.

As for Arsenal, they were defeated 2 – 0 against Aston Villa in the English top flight, with Leon Bailey (84’) and Ollie Watkins (87’) finding the back of the net for Unai Emery’s side on the day.

Excitement and anticipation are building rapidly ahead of the return of the 2023/24 UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night (16th April 2024).

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