This is the panorama of the eight clubs looking for a ticket to the next phase of the Champions League
The first leg matches of the Quarterfinals of the Champions League with Real Madrid and Chelsea gaining a significant advantage, while Bundesliga representatives Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are forced to come back to stay alive in the most important club competition.
ESPN Digital presents what each of the eight teams need to qualify for the semifinals.
Real Madrid vs. Liverpool
The first meeting of the series between the Spanish and the English, was won with authority by the team led by Zinedine Zidane. The ‘White House’ team achieved an important result by winning 3-1, however, the Reds’ score through Mohamed Salah could prove central to the Premier League club’s aspirations to advance to the semi-finals.
Thanks to the goals scored by Vinicius Jr. (2) and Marco Asensio, the Merengues will arrive at Anfield having the opportunity to control the pace of the match. Real Madrid just have to keep the advantage they got at Alfredo Di Stefano and they can even afford to lose 1-0.
For its part, Jürgen Klopp’s team is obliged to get at least two annotations to equalize the global score and not allow any goal from Madrid. This result would qualify the Reds to the next round, but in case the Merengues score a goal, Liverpool he would need a target to send the game into extra time or two goals to win it.
Should Real Madrid get two touchdowns at Anfield, the Reds would be required to score five goals.
Manchester City vs. Borussia Dortmund
With a goal from Phil Fooden in the closing moments of the match, Manchester City managed to beat Dortmund 2-1 in the first leg of the Quarter-Finals.
However, despite the defeat, Dortmund have a real chance of advancing to the next round of the Champions League thanks to the annotation he got Marco Reus six minutes from the end of the game. The Teutonic team must only score one goal and not allow any score against to eliminate Pep Guardiola’s team.
For its part, Manchester City must seek to maintain the advantage they achieved at the Etihad Stadium and a scoreless draw would qualify them for the next stage of the competition. In the event of receiving a goal from Dortmund, Pep’s team would only need to score a target to advance to the semifinals.
If Dortmund score two goals, City could send the game into overtime with a touchdown. It should be noted that if the aggregate score ends 4-4, Manchester would qualify.
Porto vs. Chelsea
The ‘Blues’ got an extraordinary advantage in the first game of the series against Porto and the team led by Thomas Tuchel has half a ticket to the Champions League semi-finals.
Chelsea beat Los Dragones 0-2, a score that suggests that the Premier League team will be one of the semifinalists. The London team can lose the second leg 1-0 and still advance to the next round, so if they score a goal in the second leg before Porto, the Blues would be practically sentencing the tie.
For their part, the Lusitanian team needs to at least equalize the global score to send the series into overtime, and if they want to advance without going through penalties, they must get three touchdowns. A goal from Chelsea would force Porto to look for at least four targets.
Bayern Múnich vs. PSG
With a great performance from Kylian Mbappé, PSG obtained a valuable victory in the first leg against Munich and Mauricio Pochettino’s men are getting closer and closer to their second consecutive Champions League final.
Mbappé shone in the Parisian team’s 2-3 win against the Bavarian team with two goals and the French squad only need to maintain their lead to qualify for the semi-finals. With a goal in the Parc des Princes, PSG would force Munich to score three goals.
Those led by Hans-Dieter Flick need to score two goals in Paris and keep their door clean to advance to the Semifinals.