Upsets, Goals, Fans: Beauty Of UEFA Champions League
Football is not Mathematics. This really shows the beauty of the game in the UEFA Champions League. It is surprising to see how the Mighty are falling. The three consecutive UEFA Champions, Real Madrid were beaten by Ajax 1-4 at home after a successful away 1-2 win bringing the goal aggregate to 5-3, while PSG also lost 1-3 to Manchester United in front of their fans after a 0-2 away victory with an aggregate of 3-3.
Liverpool played a barren draw at home with Bayern Munchen but later trashed them 1-3, thanks to Mane who scored the first and third goals that sealed their hope.
The Italian giant Juventus proved their supremacy over Athletico Madrid by beating them 3-0 after losing the first leg 2-0. Hardworking Cristiano Ronaldo proved himself greatly by scoring a hat-trick in presence of his loved fans and family. What a great game.
Laliga champions Barcelona also defeated Lyon 4-1 aggregate after playing a goalless draw first leg in France, while Manchester City humiliated Schalke 04 7-0 at home after beating them 3-2 first leg, bringing the aggregate to 10-2.
In Portugal, Porto defeated Roma 3-1 after losing first leg 2-1, bringing the aggregate to 4-3.
Tottenham won Borussia Dortmund home and away in an aggregate of 4-0.
Now that the Quarter Final draws are out, Tottenham Vs Manchester City, Ajax Vs Juventus, Manchester United Vs Barcelona, Liverpool Vs FC Porto, who will lift the cup?
One interesting thing to note is the four premiership teams among the eight contestants.
Manchester United after sacking coach, Jose Mourinho, have improved in every game both in the English Premiership and UEFA Champions League with the combination of Romelu Lukaku, Pogba, Rashford among others. But the big question is, can they beat Captain Messi and his team Barca? If yes, then I see them getting into the finals.
Manchester City, the English Premier League defending champions are in good form. Displaying their attacking powers and goal scoring ability with the combination of Aguero, Sane, Silva, Sterling and Gabriel Jesus; can they stop Russia 2018 World Cup highest goal scorer, Kane and his team Tottenham?
Last year UEFA Champions League silver medalist Liverpool are among the eight teams in the race with the support of the Egyptian super star Salah (last year highest goal scorer) and his African counterpart Mane who destroyed Bayern and are putting their best to face FC Porto of Portugal. Liverpool may be crowned champions if they get to the finals.
Can Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo lead their teams to victory? It should be noted that Ronaldo has won every champions league final from his days at Manchester United. Can he repeat himself again? Can they beat Ajax to move to the next stage?
Football is not Mathematics.