Ronaldo, Juve unlikely to win; how far can Man Metropolis go?

Ronaldo, Juve unlikely to win; how far can Man Metropolis go?

The Champions League is again, however not as we all know it. With 12 teams, 11 video games and a World Cup-style final eight, it’ll take seven straight knock-out ties within the house of 12 days at two venues in Lisbon, Portugal, to resolve who shall be topped European champions.

With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing the 2019-20 Champions League to be suspended in March with half of the Spherical of 16 nonetheless to be accomplished, UEFA has condensed the competitors into a brand new format with a view to play this season’s match to a conclusion. And following Friday’s draw, we now have a route-map to the ultimate, at Benfica’s Estadio da Luz on Aug 23.

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However with every remaining membership having to beat their very own challenges to get this far, who will lastly emerge as Champions League winners? Football4cast has predicted the result for the 12 golf equipment nonetheless standing within the Champions League.

ATALANTA:

Gian Piero Gasperini’s team are a harmful outsider of their first-ever Champions League marketing campaign, and though they’ll go into their quarterfinal conflict in opposition to Paris Saint-Germain as underdogs, the shape e-book suggests they need to really be fancied to progress to the semis.

Atalanta are on a six-game successful streak in Serie A and have already booked their place in subsequent season’s Champions League. They’ve additionally proven unbelievable combating spirit to make it this far having misplaced their first three video games in Group C – conceding 10 objectives within the course of. However with PSG out of motion since March as a result of cancellation of Ligue 1, Atalanta ought to have a significant benefit by way of match health. They will positively eradicate the French champions and make it to the semifinals.

HOW FAR WILL THEY GET? Semifinals

ATLETICO MADRID:

Is that this lastly the yr that Atletico Madrid finish their agonising anticipate Champions League glory? Diego Simeone’s team definitely have a golden likelihood to make it to the ultimate having been paired with RB Leipzig within the quarters earlier than a match-up with Atalanta or PSG within the semis.

Having eradicated holders Liverpool within the Spherical of 16, Atletico will go into the mini-tournament as favourites to achieve the ultimate having embarked on an eight-game unbeaten run in La Liga because the restart final month. Atleti possess the expertise and high quality to make it previous Leipzig and whoever they face within the semis, however with an array of heavyweights lining up within the different half of the draw, they may very well be dealing with one other heartbreak within the closing, six years after dropping to Actual Madrid in Lisbon within the 2014 closing.

HOW FAR WILL THEY GET? Last

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Julien Laurens believes Barcelona’s Champions League draw is “every part they needed to keep away from.”

BARCELONA:

Barcelona should negotiate the second-leg of their last-16 tie in opposition to Napoli earlier than reserving their journey to Lisbon, however with Quique Setien’s aspect incomes a 1-1 attract Italy within the first-leg, they are going to be favourites to make it to the final eight. They face a tricky path to the ultimate, although, with Bayern Munich — main Chelsea 3-Zero from their R16 first-leg tie — more likely to be Barca’s opponents in Lisbon.

Barcelona ought to be capable of rely on superior match health having been in motion all through July, not like Bayern, however whereas Lionel Messi will at all times be capable of win any sport on his personal, it’s uncertain that Barca will be capable of hold it tight sufficient on the again to see off the German champions.

HOW FAR WILL THEY GET? Quarterfinals

BAYERN MUNICH:

Bayern’s last-16, second-leg tie in opposition to Chelsea on the Allianz Area will function a much-needed aggressive work-out for Hansi Flick’s team, whose 3-Zero first-leg win at Stamford Bridge makes the return sport a formality.

However as soon as they get to Portugal, will Bayern be sharp sufficient to go all the way in which? Their final aggressive sport was in opposition to Bayer Leverkusen within the DFB-Pokal closing on July 4, however their rivals in England, Spain and Italy have continued to play and can arguably have better match health in mid-August.

Robert Lewandowski, the main scorer on this season’s competitors, is the ace within the pack for Bayern, however they’ll additionally rely on the attacking high quality of Serge Gnabry and Alphonso Davies. Bayern will journey to Lisbon as favourites to win the match.

HOW FAR WILL THEY GET? Winners

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Julien Laurens expects Man Metropolis to beat Actual Madrid however believes they are going to be “dissatisfied” with the draw.

CHELSEA:

One of the best that supervisor Frank Lampard can anticipate from the last-16, second-leg in opposition to Bayern Munich is a sport that gives his younger team with invaluable expertise for the long run.

Chelsea had been properly crushed by Bayern at Stamford Bridge, struggling a 3-Zero defeat that would have been a lot heavier. However with Lampard’s team on course to return to the Champions League subsequent season, the journey to the Allianz Area is the right alternative to show his rising stars to enjoying in opposition to Europe’s elite.

HOW FAR WILL THEY GET? Spherical of 16

Ronaldo and Juventus shall be extremely motivated to win the Champions League in Lisbon, however do not anticipate them to return shut given the toughness of the draw. Jean Catuffe/Getty Photos

JUVENTUS:

Maurizio Sarri’s team should nonetheless overcome Lyon within the second-leg of their last-16 tie, however with the sport being performed in Turin, the Serie A leaders will anticipate to progress, particularly in opposition to a aspect that has performed simply as soon as since March. As soon as in Lisbon, although, Juventus will face a frightening path to the ultimate, with Manchester Metropolis or Actual Madrid ready within the quarters earlier than a possible conflict with Bayern Munich within the semis.

In a one-off sport with Cristiano Ronaldo within the team — and do not underestimate how a lot he’ll need to win the Champions League in Lisbon once more — Juventus are a real contender, but it surely’s tough to see them resisting Metropolis’s firepower in the event that they face Pep Guardiola’s team within the final eight.

HOW FAR WILL THEY GET? Quarterfinals

LYON:

Rudi Garcia’s team emerged from Group G with simply two victories in six video games, however they continue to be alive of their last-16 tie with Juventus having earned a 1-1 draw within the first-leg in France. They’re able to producing an upset if Juventus have an off-day in Turin subsequent month, however Lyon realistically seem to have run their race on this season’s Champions League.

Lyon have already exceeded expectations this season, so the marketing campaign has been a hit, no matter occurs in opposition to Juve.

HOW FAR WILL THEY GET? Spherical of 16

Spherical of 16 Aug. 7, 8
Quarterfinals Aug. 12, 13, 14, 15
Semifinals Aug. 18, 19
Last Aug. 23
Draw for the ultimate phases on July 10.

MAN CITY:

Manchester Metropolis will in all probability by no means have a greater likelihood of successful the Champions League… if they’ll end the job in opposition to Actual Madrid within the last-16 after successful 2-1 within the first-leg in Spain. Metropolis merely do not lose one-off cup ties — their final defeat in any one-leg cup sport was in opposition to Wigan within the FA Cup in February of 2018 — so the format in Lisbon will go well with them and they’ll even be primed to peak simply in time for the match by Pep Guardiola.

From an attacking perspective, Metropolis will strike concern into each opponent, however their defensive weaknesses may very well be their downfall in opposition to teams as organised as Bayern or Juventus. Anticipate Metropolis to beat Juve within the quarters, but when they meet Bayern within the semis, it may very well be the top of the highway.

HOW FAR WILL THEY GET? Semifinals

NAPOLI:

Napoli should get a end result in opposition to Barcelona within the Nou Camp subsequent month to progress to the quarterfinals, however Gennaro Gattuso’s have been inconsistent because the restart. They’ve gained the Coppa Italia, however are out of the working for Champions League qualification, so they’ll journey to Barcelona needing to seek out their greatest kind to drag off an upset.

An empty Nou Camp could assist them, however they nonetheless stay heavy underdogs in opposition to Lionel Messi & Co. over 90 minutes.

HOW FAR WILL THEY GET? Spherical of 16

PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN:

The choice by the French football authorities to cancel the 2019-20 Ligue 1 season within the wake of the coronavirus disaster has left Paris Saint-Germain with a mountain to climb if they’re to finish their determined pursuit of Champions League glory.

Thomas Tuchel’s team had been spectacular when eliminating Borussia Dortmund within the Spherical of 16, however with out aggressive football since, they’ll put together for Lisbon with pleasant video games in opposition to Le Havre, Shamrock Rovers and Celtic earlier than home cup video games in opposition to Saint-Etienne and Lyon. With all their opponents enjoying competitively since June, PSG should play catch-up — and quick.

Atalanta could also be the most effective draw they may have hoped for, however health could also be PSG’s downfall.

HOW FAR WILL THEY GET? Quarterfinals

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Jan Aage Fjortoft does not perceive Timo Werner’s choice to not play for RB Leipzig in Champions League.

RB LEIPZIG:

The lack of Timo Werner, who won’t play within the the rest of Leipzig’s Champions League video games following affirmation of his transfer to Chelsea, has left the German aspect with out their most potent attacking weapon. And with a quarterfinal tie in opposition to Atletico Madrid awaiting them in Lisbon, the absence of their high scorer will depart Leipzig as large outsiders to make it to the semis.

They are going to be organised and nonetheless carry a menace, however Atletico could have an excessive amount of high quality and nous for Julien Nagelsmann’s team.

HOW FAR WILL THEY GET? Quarterfinals

REAL MADRID:

Actual are on course for the La Liga title in Spain, which means they’ll so journey to the Etihad for his or her last-16, second-leg with the boldness to overturn a 2-1 first-leg deficit. However with captain Sergio Ramos suspended following a crimson card within the first sport, Actual must nullify Metropolis’s multi-pronged assault with out their greatest defender.

It is harmful to jot down off Actual Madrid in any state of affairs, particularly a one-off sport during which they should struggle again from 2-1 down, however Metropolis ought to be too robust for them on this event.

HOW FAR WILL THEY GET? Spherical of 16

PREDICTIONS

Semifinals:

– Man Metropolis vs. Bayern Munich
– Atalanta vs. Atletico Madrid

Last:

Bayern vs. Atletico

WINNERS:

Bayern Munich

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