Champions League – Quarter Finals Weekend Preview

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This seasons Champions League tournament has reached the quarter-finals stage, but unlike in other years, four games will be played across four nights to determine who progresses to the semi-finals.

The eight remaining sides in the UCL are all in Portugal where they will play a knock-out tournament to determine who will be crowned champions of Europe. Here, we preview the two games taking place this weekend.

Barcelona v Bayern Munich  

A fixture good enough to grace any Champions League final as Spanish giants, Barcelona, face German champions, Bayern Munich, at the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon on Friday night with an 8pm kick-off.

Five-time European Cup and Champions League winners, Barcelona, have enjoyed a relatively smooth passage to the quarter-finals. They came through the group stage unbeaten with four wins and two draws, winning Group F ahead of Borussia Dortmund.

In the previous knockout round, they were held to a 1-1 draw in Naples, but won the second-leg at the Nou Camp 3-1 thanks to a brilliant first half performance, to advance past Napoli and into the last eight.

Bayern Munich, fresh from claiming another Bundesliga crown, are going in search of an eleventh European Cup/Champions League title. They cruised through the group stages, winning six games out of six, which included a 7-2 mauling of Tottenham.

In the first knockout stage they beat Chelsea 7-1 on aggregate to reach the quarter-finals, and in Robert Lewandowski, they have the competitions leading scorer with 13 goals.

Bayern Munich were 3-2 winners when these clubs last met in the Champions League semi-finals in 2015, but it was Barcelona who progressed to the final 5-3 on aggregate having won the first-leg 3-0. In fact, that was Barca’s only success over Bayern in five previous attempts.

Manchester City v Lyon  

Favourites for this seasons Champions League, Manchester City, face surprise package, Lyon, at the Estadio Jose Alvalade in Lisbon on Saturday night with an 8pm kick-off.

City won Group C ahead of Atalanta after finishing that stage unbeaten with four wins and two draws. They then faced Real Madrid in the first knockout stage, and after an impressive 2-1 win at the Bernabeu back in February, completed the job with another 2-1 win at the Etihad Stadium to progress 4-2 on aggregate.

Lyon finished as runners-up in Group G behind RB Leipzig, winning two, drawing two and losing two of their six group games. The French side then faced Italian champions, Juventus, in the first knockout stage, and after a shock 1-0 success at Parc Olympique Lyonnais they travelled to Turin with a lead to defend.

Things got off to a great start at the Allianz Stadium with Lyon scoring an early penalty, but Juventus hit back to lead 2-1 with 30 minutes remaining. However, Lyon hung on to progress on the away goals rule after the tie finished 2-2 on aggregate.

These clubs have only met twice before, in the group stages of the 2018 competition. Lyon won 2-1 in Manchester, before they played out a 2-2 draw back in France.

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