How will La Liga’s big three get on in their Champions League quarter-finals?

We are now entering the most crucial part of the season – the run-in. Winners and losers will be decided over the next two months, and this also goes for the Champions League, with the quarter-final stage of the iconic competition getting underway next week.

La Liga has the most clubs still left in the competition, so your bet365 football site is sure to have great odds on a side from Spain to win the whole thing. Real Madrid are the most fancied, although they have a very tough task in the quarter-finals, facing last season’s champions Manchester City. Barcelona host Paris Saint-Germain in a very winnable tie, and the same can be said for Atletico Madrid, who take on Borussia Dortmund.

Los Blancos will go into the first leg of their tie with Man City well-rested, having not played for nine days before the showdown at the Santiago Bernabeu. This could be significant advantage for Carlo Ancelotti’s side, who have been boosted by the return of Eder Militao, although he isn’t expected to start in the Spanish capital.

The first leg will be about establishing an advantage for Real Madrid to take over to Manchester, with Pep Guardiola’s side indominable at the Etihad Stadium in recent times. With Jude Bellingham and Vinicius Junior, Ancelotti’s men have a strong chance of progression, although they will also need a big defensive display from Andriy Lunin, Antonio Rudiger and the rest.

Barcelona’s task isn’t as tricky as Real Madrid’s, but they still have to stop Kylian Mbappe if they are to book their place in the semi-finals. If they can do that, using the likes of Jules Kounde, Ronald Araujo and impressive youngster Pau Cubarsi, they stand a good stand of achieving their goal.

Equally, they will need to breach PSG’s defence, but they are more than capable with Robert Lewandowski and Raphinha in good form, and of course, Lamine Yamal is sure to be a tie-defining player.

Atleti must use their home advantage in the first leg to create a significant advantage against Dortmund. Diego Simeone’s side have been, for the most part, impenetrable at the Civitas Metropolitano over the last 15 months, and they also need Antoine Griezmann to be in top form if they are to take something to Germany. They certainly have a good chance of doing so.

All three teams are more than capable of progressing to the final four of the competition, which would guarantee that at least one La Liga team would be in June’s final, held at Wembley Stadium in London. It will be interesting to see how they all get on.

By Alejandro Fernandez

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  1. 2 clasico victories out of 9
    660 millions wasted in assets
    2 eliminations in EL
    1,6 billion debt
    Last CL win 2015
    Coach carouselle, 4 last coaches resulted in only 3 trophies
    2 trophies in last 2,5 seasons
    Another 0 season loading


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