Eight teams remain in this season’s UEFA Champions League, as Europe’s elite club competition prepares to separate the serious contenders from those that simply won’t cut it.
The quarterfinals kick off on Tuesday with a pair of matches featuring top sides, including reigning holders Real Madrid and Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.
Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and Real are riding tremendous form over the second half of the 2017/18 season, and will meet Serie A side Juventus.
Zinedine Zidane’s Madrid side has lost just once in its last 13 matches, and three times overall since the change of the calendar to 2018. In that span, Los Blancos have scored 58 goals across all competitions.
Meanwhile, Bayern Munich — who has really found its form under manager Jupp Heynckes — prepares for an encounter with Spanish side Sevilla.
The Bundesliga club has followed in Real’s footsteps this season, having lost just once all in competitions since the start of December 2017. That includes this past weekend’s 6-0 thrashing of domestic rivals Borussia Dortmund.
Bayern’s test against the La Liga outfit is difficult to assess though given Sevilla’s up-and-down form in 2017/18.
The club managed to dispose of Manchester United in the UCL Round of 16 and also reached the Copa del Rey final — which will be played against Barcelona. However, Vicenzo Montella’s men have fallen 30 points behind league leaders Barca and sit in sixth place with eight matches remaining.Follow @MattReedFutbol