Saturday, 23 September, 2017

Real Madrid face Bayern in Champions League quarterfinals, Barca get Juve

Juventus v FC Barcelona- UEFA Champions League Final Getty Images
Spencer Simpson | 18 March, 2017, 01:09

Before they return to European action, though, Zidane's men also have a series of tough upcoming La Liga games as they target a first league title in five years.

Meanwhile, Barcelona seek to secure their sixth win and become third in the ranking of total number of championships won after Milan (seven titles) and Real Madrid.

"I saw Monaco's match against Manchester City and I am aware that they have a goal difference of plus 58 in the league".

A 2-0 win over Sevilla on Tuesday sent the Foxes into the Champions League quarter-finals 3-2 on aggregate.

"It will be master against pupil for sure", Zidane said on Friday.

Madrid and Bayern have combined to win 16 European titles and both now lead their national leagues.

Pulisic has sort of been a Champions League specialist for Dortmund this season, playing in all of the club's eight matches (6 starts, 2 subs), scoring a goal and adding two assists. This is probably the best-case scenario.

"By the quarterfinal stage all the teams are well-known".

"Well, it's true that coming up against Ancelotti will be special", Zidane said.

Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge called it a "clash of the titans", while Madrid director Emilio Butragueno lamented the pairing arriving so soon.

"Facing a team who have reached the final in two of the last three seasons is a massive challenge".

Juventus actually have the better head to head record having won four of the nine games played against each other, with Barcelona winning three and two games ending in a draw.

This year's Champions League final will be held on June 3 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

Leicester are certainly the surprise name in this season's last eight, and Atletico director and former defender Clemente Villaverde believes they can not be underestimated. What excites me most is Barcelona, they pulled off a great comeback and it'd be a big motivation to meet the team which beat us in the final two years ago.

New Leverkusen boss Tayfun Korkut was taking charge of his first Champions League game and summoned a much-improved performance as they forced Atletico onto the back foot for long spells.

A pair of coaches, Thomas Tuchel and Leonardo Jardim, will look to enhance their growing reputations, and a parade of talented young French footballers, from Dortmund's Ousmane Dembele to the Monaco flyers Kylian Mbappe, and Thomas Lemar will want to catch the eye.

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