The Quarter-Finals are set, and we now know who can feature in the UCL Final!
Real Madrid vs. Chelsea FC
Real Madrid cruised to the next round after defeating Liverpool 6-2 on aggregate. In the second leg, they beat Liverpool 1-0 at the Bernabeu. Chelsea passes by Dortmund 2-1 on an aggregate and is on a good run of form lately.
The 1st leg will be played at the Santiago Bernabeu, and the return leg will be at Stamford Bridge. The favorites of this game will be Real Madrid, and rightfully so, as they are the current champs and have defeated Chelsea the season before in the same stage.
This will be the third time in a row they have played in a UCL knockout round, as in 2020/202, Chelsea knocked out Real Madrid in the semis. The Blues went on to that UCL campaign.
That being said, the most popular prediction for this game would be a Real Madrid win to advance to the semi-finals.
Benfica vs. Inter Milan
Benfica destroyed Club Brugge 7-1 on aggregate with an incredible 5-1 win in the second leg. Inter hang on at their visit against FC Porto to hold down a 0-0 score. The aggregate score was 1-0 in favor of the Italians, and they made the final 8!
Benfica has had a great season in Liga Nos as league leaders, clear by 8 points. and is undefeated in the UCL. Inter is currently second in Serie A and placed second in their UCL group but has sometimes looked shaky. Although they are second, they have lost eight times in the league.
On April 11th, the first leg will be played at the Estadio da Luz. The second leg will be played at San Siro on April 19th. The favorite for this game should be Benfica as their form overall in the season is better, and they have played brilliant football.
Manchester City vs. Bayern Munich
This fixture is arguably the most exciting of the four games. Both clubs are favorites to win the entire competition, and it isn't an exaggeration of a claim. Man City have been favorites for the competitions for the past seasons because of their excellent squad but are yet to lift the trophy. Bayern is the six-time UCL Champions who last won it in 2020.
Man City dominated RB Leipzig in the second leg, beating the German side 7-0 when Haaland scored five goals, making headlines. Bayern defeated PSG 3-0 on an aggregate and showed the football world what they are still capable of.
The first leg will be played at the Etihad Stadium on April 11th. The second leg will be played at the Allianz Arena on April 19th. This one is a difficult game to call, but if we go for a history of success in this competition, Bayern should edge City in this game and advance to the semi-final to play Real Madrid or Chelsea.
AC Milan vs. Napoli
An Italian Clash between Milan and Napoli will happen in the UCL Quarterfinals, which guarantees an Italian club in the semi-final. Their opponents for the Semi-final will be the winner of Inter v Benfica.
Milan deservedly got past Spurs by beating them 1-0 in the first leg and drawing 0-0 in the second leg. Milan had the better chances in the second leg and made the final 8 for the first time since the 2011/2012 season.
Napoli is having a spectacular, historic season by being 18 points clear in the Seria A and making the UCL Quarterfinals for their first-ever time. They have beaten Frankfurt, the Europa League Champions, 5-0 on aggregate.
April 12th is the first leg at San Siro, while April 18th will be at Stadio Diego Armando Maradona. Although Milan has more success in the competition, they aren't the Milan from before. Napoli is a strong team, which has been shown in both their league and the Champions League. Napoli is a big favorite to advance to the semi-finals and create more history.
Below are the dates for the quarterfinals, semi-finals, and final, which will be at the Atatürk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey. We are ready for April to get here as the Champions League approaches its final stages.
Quarterfinals: April 11-12 (Leg 1), April 18-19 (Leg 2)
Semifinals: May 9-10 (Leg 1), May 16-17 (Leg 2)
Final: Saturday, June 10