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Some scary rooms!

Ochoose teams for a title. The most desired in club football. The Champions League. The moment of truth has arrived for the ‘Orejona’: the quarterfinals and a draw to be held on Friday (12:00 p.m., Movistar Champions League, Radio MARCA and MARCA.com) in Nyon. That will be when the complete picture leading to the Wembley final is known. And among the contenders one stands above the rest: Guardiola’s City. The current champions start as favorites.

But the competition will be fierce and the possible path that leads to London, impossible to foresee. Luck was on the side of the Italian teams in the draw last year and Inter almost caused a stir in Istanbul against the ‘almighty’ team ‘cityzen’. After all, there are 180 minutes (or 90, in the final) where the grass equals (almost) everything. And that is when history, talent and character make their way to triumph.

Spanish prominence

There will be three Spanish teams in Friday’s draw. No other country has so many. He Atl├ętico de Madrid, with heart, agony and football. He beat the odds and eliminated Inter in a dramatic penalty shootout where Oblak became the Metropolitan’s eternal hero.

EFE.

He Real Madrid He suffered more than expected against a brave Leipzig… but he overcame his worst day and will be in the quarterfinals again. It’s a classic. And although it is true that The casualties have reduced the potential of Ancelotti’s team, the people from Madrid are responding very well this campaign to the obstacles that are presented. All, furthermore, with a Bellingham in ‘leader mode’.

For him Barcelona It wasn’t an easy pass either. But they are in quarters. ““It was said that we were the jester of the Champions League, what do we do now?” said Xavi after eliminating Naples. And now they look towards a future full of possibilities thanks to La Masia: Cubars, Fermn, Lamine…

It was said that we were the jester of the Champions League, what do we do now?

Xavi Hernandez

City, favorite

There is little doubt that the current champion, andPep Guardiola’s Manchester City is once again the top candidate. The ‘sky blues’ have convincingly overcome the group stage (against Leipzig, Estrella Roja and Young Boys) and the round of 16 (against Copenhagen). Now, however, although everything gets a little more complicated… they have raised the level.

EFE.

The English, who are fighting to repeat the ‘Triplet’ with the Premier, FA Cup and Champions, are on an impressive positive streak: They have not lost since last December 6 (against Emery’s Aston Villa). That is, 21 consecutive undefeated games.

The ‘other’ candidates

At this point in the competition, it is clear that anyone can surprise. Inter did it last season with a great European Cup. Now Arsenal seem to be in that position… despite what they suffered to eliminate Porto. The Gunners had to go to penalties and David Raya saved them… but they are not the leaders of the Premier for nothing.

Nevertheless, One step ahead are PSG and Bayern (at least in the pools). None of them are 100% reliable this course and the shortcomings are evident (injuries, unsecured style…) but the quality can also be palpable. The Parisians have a stellar Mbapp and those from Bavaria have the experience that characterizes them… and the goal of a Harry Kane who is unstoppable towards the 2023-24 Golden Boot.

Meanwhile, the fans of each team want a Dortmund that starts as everyone’s ‘favorite’. Terzic’s men are fourth in the Bundesliga… but they beat PSG in the group stage and dominated a difficult PSV (undefeated in their league) in the round of 16. They are ‘Cinderella’, it is clear… but they have their traps.

The teams classified for the quarterfinals

  • PSG
  • Bayern Mnich
  • Real Madrid
  • Manchester City
  • Barcelona
  • Arsenal
  • Atl├ętico de Madrid
  • Dortmund

This Friday, the draw

The date, time and location of the draw for the quarterfinals of the 2023-2024 Champions League are already known and will be on Friday, March 15 at 12:00 noon. It will be held at the House of European Football in Nyon (Switzerland) and can be followed by Movistar Champions League.

When will the quarters be?

In addition, it should be noted that the matches corresponding to the quarterfinals resulting from this draw will be played on April 9 and 10, the first legs, while the resolution will be a week later. On the 16th and 17th of the same month.



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