The Round of 16 is done and, quelle surprise, the smaller sides have bowed out. Gone are Olympiakos, Zenit Saint Petersburg, Galatasaray, Schalke and Bayer Leverkusen. Also eliminated are some-not-so small names, like Arsenal, Manchester City and AC Milan.
What's left are three Spanish clubs, two sides each from Germany and England, and one from France. Five of the clubs (Real Madrid, Barcelona, PSG, Dortmund and Bayern Munich) made it this far last time around. There are superstars galore and there's plenty of money floating about. But even the most cynical of football fans are going to be tuning in for the quarter-finals.
There's an all-Spain matchup, but alas, it's neither a clasico nor a derby match. Instead, Atleti square off against Barca. La Liga's top team, Real Madrid, take on last year's second-place finishers Dortmund. Chelsea fans will fancy a nice trip to Paris to watch their side take on PSG, while United fans probably won't much enjoy their trip to Munich - although at least there's some decent beer to drown their inevitable sorrows. Any chance Bayern Munich won't be lifting the trophy for the second consecutive year?
Champions League Quarterfinals
- Barcelona vs. Atlético Madrid
- Real Madrid vs. Borussia Dortmund
- Paris Saint-Germain vs. Chelsea
- Bayern Munich vs. Manchester United