Preview: 2013/14 UEFA Champions League – Quarter-finals
FC BARCELONA – CLUB ATLETICO DE MADRID 50%-50%
This is a very balanced match: La Liga table says that the teams are on the same level (Atlético is one point above), and direct confrontations (three draws, two in the Supercup) as well.
It looks like that Barcelona is declining a bit, and in our opinion they won’t win Champions League this season: Atlético would have very good chances in a single match, but the Catalans could have a bit more experience in a two legged tie.
This is a very high level game.
MANCHESTER UNITED FC – FC BAYERN MUNCHEN 25%-75%
The Germans looks the perfect team, very solid despite playing a good football. Bundesliga is already won, they are the Title holders, and reached the Quarter-finals without any trouble, while Manchester United is just above the middle of the table in Premier League, and was almost eliminated in the Round of 16 by Olympiakos: probably they have been affected by Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, and few key elements are getting old or retiring (Giggs, Scholes and Ferdinand) and the youngsters don’t look on the same level.
There should be no match, but in football anything can happen, especially at this level.
PSG FC – CHELSEA FC 55%-45%
A very balanced tie between two quite similar teams..
The French club is maybe a bit more technical and physical, while the English one is tactically a bit stronger: Ibrahimovic and Mourinho could be the decisive variables.
REAL MADRID CF – BORUSSIA DORTMUND 55%-45%
The revenge for last year Semifinal, in which the Germans smashed the Spaniards. Real Madrid has (much) stronger and (much) more tecnical individuals, and in our opinion, together with Bayern, are the most complete team in the competition, and the favorite ones for the final victory, but Borussia Dortmund maybe plays a bit better (Ancelotti is very good at managing a squad of aces, but doesn’t make his teams play a very entertaining football), but is surely a very unpredictable team, and it could be in troubles if it didn’t manage to play its football.