English clubs Liverpool and Manchester City are in an unbeatable position. Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich still have their work cut out for them.
The top four places in the Champions League quarter-finals are decided this week, including the participation of several of the title favourites.
Throwback to the round of 16 second leg:
BAYERN MUNICH VS. SALZBURG (1-1)
Thomas Müller’s first own goal in his long career at Bayern Munich upended what he had seen as a game in the making ahead of the visit of Austrian champions Salzburg on Tuesday. In his 407th Bundesliga game, Müller scored from his own net as Bayern had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday. The action showed a lack of communication from the German champion. Bayern goalkeeper Sven Ulreich, who replaces the injured Manuel Neuer, said he told Müller he was covering Kerem Demirbay’s cross, but the striker intervened anyway.
Any mistakes on Tuesday could be exploited by German striker Karim Adeyemi, who has been named as Borussia Dortmund’s target in the transfer market for next season. Salzburg, who drew 1-1 with Bayern in the first leg, got back on track with a comfortable 4-0 victory against SCR Altach. Bayern struggled to neutralize the Austrian momentum before Kingsley Coman saved the equalizer at the last minute.
LIVERPOOL VS. INTER MILAN (2-0)
At Liverpool, they started talking about picking up four titles this season. The Reds have already won the League Cup, advanced to the FA Cup quarter-finals and are trailing leaders Manchester City in the Premier League race.
And his Champions League presence is set to extend into at least next month, after late goals from Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah at the San Siro gave him the lead ahead of the second leg at Anfield, where they are very hard to beat. – especially on European nights. Liverpool are unbeaten in all competitions in 2022 and have arguably their best squad of the Jürgen Klopp era. The arrival of the Colombian Luis Díaz gave another dimension to the attack of the German coach. Klopp has the dilemma of deciding between Díaz or Diego Jota the companion of Sadio Mané and Salah in an attacking trident.
Inter’s loss to Liverpool kicked off a four-game goalless streak for the Italian side. They went 400 minutes without scoring until they woke up with the 5-0 they endorsed Serie A colistas Salernitana. Lautaro Martínez scored three goals in that match, but the Argentine striker n haven’t rocked the nets in the Champions League since 2020.
MANCHESTER CITY VS. SPORTS (5-0)
With a big advantage after the first leg, City can afford to rotate their players ahead of a demanding schedule close, battling it out on three fronts. Defense is the area where Pep Guardiola has few options. Right-back Kyle Walker will serve the second of a three-game ban, centre-back Ruben Dias is ruled out for six weeks with injury and Nathan Ake has been sidelined with illness. But Guardiola has plenty of options up front as he returns to the ring three days after dispatching Manchester United 4-1 in the Premier League. Gabriel Jesús and Jack Grealish are looking for opportunities after recovering from injuries.
City are in sight of their fifth straight quarter-final appearance unless disaster strikes against a more eager Sporting to avoid another lopsided scoreline. Since winning three weeks ago, Sporting have lost at home to Porto in the first leg of the Portuguese Cup semi-finals.
REAL MADRID AGAINST. PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN (0-1)
Madrid face the second leg against PSG, with Carlo Ancelotti set to modify his midfield pieces. Casemiro is suspended and Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde are doubts due to physical problems. Valverde will likely be available after missing Saturday’s La Liga game against Real Sociedad with a cold, but Kroos could be ruled out with a muscle issue. Casemiro played a key role in Madrid’s 4-1 victory over Real, accompanying French youngster Eduardo Camavinga and Luka Modric. Left-back Ferland Mendy will not play due to suspension.
PSG travel to Spain after suffering their third defeat in 27 French League appearances, losing 1-0 to second-placed Nice. The alarms went off on Monday as Kylian Mbappé, scorer of the winner in the first leg, suffered a kick in training on Monday.
Coach Mauricio Pochettino is hoping to pick up Achraf Hakimi (thigh), Leandro Paredes (groin) and Ander Herrera (eye infection) to face Madrid. An improvised defensive block seemed vulnerable against Nice. Pochettino clearly had the Champions League in mind by resting Presnel Kimpembe and Nuno Mendes.
Reaching the final like in 2020 is PSG’s ultimate goal and lifting the European Cup for the first time with its Qatari owners.