Juventus-Real Madrid, the highlight of the Champions League
A screen shows the result of the draw of the Champions League quarter-final on March 16, 2018 in the Swiss city of Nyon
Juventus of Turin and Real Madrid, rivals in the final of the Champions League, will star in the stellar duel of the quarterfinals of the Champions, whose draw, held this Friday in Nyon, brought mixed luck for Barcelona and Sevilla.
The Catalans will face Roma and the Andalusians will face off against one of the continent’s greats, Bayern Munich, while the quarters will be completed with the fratricidal duel between Liverpool and Manchester City.
Unlike the other two Spanish teams, Real Madrid will have the second leg at their stadium, the Santiago Bernabéu.
Real Madrid and Juventus are the finalists of the competition. They met on June 3 in Cardiff and the victory was for the locals by a clear 4-1, a triumph that was the 12th European Cup for the white team.
Italians and Spaniards will play one of the classics of the European continent: both clubs have met 19 times, with Juve winning eight and Madrid nine, including the finals of the Champions in 1998 and 2017.
– Repetition of the end of 2017 –
However, Juventus have eliminated Real Madrid on the four occasions they have faced each other, the last in the Champions League semi-finals of the 2014-2015 season.
“Difficult, always difficult”, declared the director of Institutional Relations of Real Madrid, Emilio Butragueño, who from Juventus highlighted his “competitive nature and winning ability”.
“We will have to be at our best in the first game in Italy and then we trust in the Santiago Bernabéu and our people,” he added.
The vice president of Juventus Pavel Nedved admitted that “the difficulties will be enormous” to defeat the current double European champion, “but two games we have more chances.”
The former Ukrainian footballer and ambassador of the Champions League final Andriy Shevchenko takes the name of FC Barcelona out of the barrel of the quarter-final draw on March 16, 2018 in Nyon, Switzerland
The other greats of La Liga, Barcelona, will face another Italian rival, Roma, thus avoiding a possible duel with Real Madrid.
“You never know when it’s better, if you measure now or later,” said Barcelona’s director of institutional relations, Guillermo Amor.
Despite facing a rival in inferior theory, Amor did not give the elimination by sentenced: “Anything can happen, Italian teams are strong teams, they work very well”.
– Last precedent: 6-1 for the azulganas –
On the last occasion they met, at the Camp Nou in November 2015, Barcelona defeated Roma 6-1.
“You can not say that we were lucky in the draw, because we have played one of the best teams in the world, but when you are in the quarter-finals, they are all complicated, the favorite is Barça, but no one’s for dead. to Rome, the illusion is very big “, said the sporting director of the Rome, the Spaniard Ramón Rodríguez ‘Monchi’.
After eliminating one of the greats of Europe in eighths (Manchester United), Sevilla will play in the quarterfinals to another, Bayern Munich.
“Measuring a history of European football like Bayern is not going to be easy, but we are very excited,” admitted the technical director of Sevilla, Óscar Arias, who at least congratulated himself for not facing a Spanish rival. “We know each other too much.”
It will be the first time that both teams face each other. “I know Sevilla well: they play creative football and since the change of coach they are more defensively stable,” said Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes.
Finally, the table of the rooms will be completed with a 100% English duel between Liverpool and Manchester City.
– 100% English Duel –
The team that trains Pep Guardiola appears as a favorite given his superiority in the Premier League (leader with 21 points ahead of Liverpool, fourth), but City has only won one of their last eight games against the Reds including all competitions, losing five.
They have never faced each other in Europe, while in local duels Liverpool dominates with 87 wins, 46 draws and 45 defeats against City.
In the two two-legged ties that they have played in all their history (English League Cup 1980-1981 and 2011-2012), the pass went to the Reds.
The sporting director of the City, Txiki Begiristain, regretted having to face another English team, but said: “We know each other very well, they are a very offensive team, the truth is that they will be two big games and we will see good football”.
The first leg of the quarterfinals will be played on 3 and 4 April, while the return is set for 10 and 11 of the same month.