Champions League Quarterfinals: Tottenham vs Man City; Liverpool vs Porto
The UEFA Champions League remains a competition reserved for Europe’s biggest clubs. But fans may be offered some surprises along the way. Nitrogen Sports Blog takes a dive at two of the matchups in the quarterfinals, featuring the Tottenham, Manchester City, Liverpool and FC Porto.
Tottenham vs Man City
Reigning English Premier League champions, Manchester City, are in a prime spot to win two titles. They are gunning for both the domestic title and the Champions League trophy, led by a specialist in both in the form of Pep Guardiola. But overcoming Tottenham is going to be easier said than done for Sergio Agüero and company.
The Spurs have traditionally played well against City in recent years. With injury worries behind them, they will be able to bank on Harry Kane and Dele Alli for these vital fixtures. Victories against Inter and Dortmund have shown just what Mauricio Pochettino’s side is capable of.
But, City is a team built to endure multiple fronts. Few clubs in Europe can boast a squad with this amount of depth. The likes of Aguero, Bernardo Silva, and Kevin de Bruyne will be important, but Guardiola can rest knowing replacement options should be available.
It may come down to which team has the better attack. Kane and Aguero are known quality performers in important matches, and both defenses of Tottenham and Manchester City are known to be vulnerable.
Liverpool vs Porto
It’s the closest Liverpool have looked to a silverware-winning side in years. The only problem is that Jurgen Klopp’s men seem to be running out of steam. It’s what FC Porto will be banking on going into this match.
Porto have once again proven their critics wrong by advancing this far in the competition. Their squad may not be stellar but features some notable highlights. Casillas and Pepe are past UCL winners. Eder Militao is a commanding presence on defense and, Soares is bound to put Liverpool under pressure.
As for their opponents, Liverpool have shown moments of utter brilliance. Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino, and Sadio Mane are an inspired attacking trident. Virgil Van Dijk has emerged as arguably the best central defender in the world. Their bench offers good replacement options.
But, it’s Liverpool’s off-days, more frequent in the past year, that could cost them their second straight UCL finals appearance. If healthy and focused, Klopp’s men should win in both legs of this fixture.
If you need the UEFA Champions League explained further, then you have come at the right place, as Nitrogen Sports Blog regularly produces informative pieces focusing on that tournament. Expect more as we inch closer to the finals.