Yesterday Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid booked their ticket for UEFA Champions league quarter-final draw. Tonight we will get two more clubs that will be in UEFA Champions league last 16
Paris Saint-Germain vs. Bayer Leverkusen (4-0): Everyone knows that PSG is better team (and richer) then Bayer but nobody expected such a huge victory for PSG. the French side was dominate for the entire game and until the end of first half they already had a huge 3-0 lead.
PSG is having another good season in national championship; they are first in Ligue 1 with a big 8 points gap in front of Monaco, they are also have the best league defence (18 goals conceded, same as Lille) and scoring 67 goals.
Laurent Blanc doesn’t have any big problems regarding the squad for this game, last game vs. Bastia he had rested Thiago Silva and Blaise Matuidi so it is expected that they will be back in starting IX.
From last 15 UEFA Champions League games, PSG won 14 of them also bear in mind that in last six games they scored 17 goals (2.8 per game), so it is highly expected from them to score at least one goal in this game.
On the other side Sami Hyypia has got a lot of problems with his squad and the fact that Bayer didn’t win in last six games don’t go in their favor.
Robbie Kruse, Emir Spahic and Seung-Woo Ryu are all either injured or unavailable, Lars Bender on other hand missed last weekend’s match vs. Hannover 96. His appearance is doubtful for this game.
Bayer did stop their losing streak (1-1 vs. Hannover 96 last week) but it’s hard to believe that they will manage do any big things in Paris, except to go into hard defence.
Barcelona vs. Manchester City (2-0): What to say about Barcelona that you didn’t already read in every newspaper/internet portal or sport cell phone application. Barcelona are not playing great they lost 2 of their last 3 games, newspaper say that Messi is being unhappy, Neymar seems the only player at the moment to bring fighting into the squad.
But all that doesn’t mean anything, even if Barcelona is in a crisis and all those “tales” are true Barcelona is still very dangerous opponent.
Maybe the best info for that is first leg between these two opponents, nobody expects Barcelona to have such a clear and high win.
For this game Gerardo Martino will not be able to count on Jonathan dos Santos, Isaac Cuenca and probably Andres Iniesta. But no matter which IX players he sends out on to the pitch, they will do their best to repay their fans for losing in last round of Liga BBVA in Valladolid.
Don’t think that Manchester City is everything great, they are also in problems. Last year Wigan beat them in FA Cup final and this year they beat them again, only this time in quarter-final.
If we look at their standing in Premiership, City is 9 points behind first (Chelsea). But bear in mind that they still need to play two more games. If City manages to win both games they will be second with only three points behind leaders Chelsea.
In terms of missing players Martin Demichelis will not be in the team due to suspension while Matija Nastasic and Stevan Jovetic are both doubtful for the game.
Both of these teams would like to win this game and they will want to try to show their opponents that the crisis is behind them, since both of these two teams are likely to play very offensive it is possible that we would see a lot of goals in this game.
Only one question remains about this game, can City score the first goal?
If City manages to score first goal, then this game will erupt and it is possible to see a very exciting game.