Champions League Quarterfinal Preview: Heavyweights

Following a crucial three-game Premier League week, Arsenal and Manchester City are back in action in the Champions League.

Both teams gained two points in the race for the title by winning while Liverpool drew at Old Trafford. There’s no time for resting on Laurels though, as both teams face Champions League royalty on Tuesday.

Manchester City travel to Madrid to play Real in a repeat of last year’s semi-final. Arsenal, meanwhile, play their first Champions League quarterfinal in 14 years against Bayern Munich.

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Last season, Manchester City stomped their authority on Real Madrid this time last year. A 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu was followed up by a 4 – 0 thrashing at the Etihad. For many, it was the moment City confirmed they were ready to win the Champions League, and the treble.

This year, Real Madrid are a little different with the talismanic Jude Bellingham playing in midfield. They’re in good form domestically and appear to have the title wrapped up. Nonetheless, this tie is difficult to predict. Madrid are to the Champions League what City are to the Premier League: crushingly inevitable.

Arsenal, however, are more difficult to predict because they haven’t been here in so long. While this is new for the current players, Bayern Munich are a familiar foe for Arsenal. As is striker Harry Kane, who returns to the Emirates in his first season away from Spurs.

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This is not the same rampaging Bayern of years ago who seemingly halted Arsenal’s progress annually. They’re struggling for form and will not win the Bundesliga this year. This could mean they put everything into Europe and give Arsenal a challenge. Or, they could crumble. Arsenal will be confident on account of their astounding form in 2024. Expect a tight game in North London.