the quarterfinals of crosses with contrasts

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Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are no longer here, but the Champions League will enter the final stages of its 2021/22 edition with the quarterfinals featuring series full of contrasts for the world of football. Manchester City-Atletico Madrid at Benfica-Liverpool will open an instance this Tuesday, while for Wednesday they will remain Chelsea-Real Madrid at Villarreal-Bayern Munich.

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Different cultures, different media and talents, and different experiences at the highest level, with only four countries represented: England, Spain, Germany and Portugal. Slightly Italyrecently removed from the World Cup in Qatar but current European champion, has no place in the major leagues of the continent.

Manchester City-Atletico Madrid

Much has been said about the allegedly conflicting style between the coaches of both teams: Pep Guardiola’s loose attack against Diego Pablo Simeone’s defensive order and development.

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Pep Guardiola and another juicy press conference in the City.  Photo: Reuters/Jason Cairnduff.

Pep Guardiola and another juicy press conference in the City. Photo: Reuters/Jason Cairnduff.

In the past, the two DTs current Premier and La Liga champions They avoided entering into that controversy. “I’m not going to spend a minute talking about that stupid debate. We’re all looking for a way to win. If he gets it, his will be right, and if I get it, I’ll be right. I I don’t know what it’s about playing ugly. I don’t judge opponents. “Guardiola began.

“There’s a misconception of how Atlético plays. They’re more offensive than people think. They don’t take a lot of risk when it comes to getting the ball out, but when they come to our field, they show the quality they have with the players. “he concluded, at a press conference.

For his part, Cholo Simeone explained: “It’s going to be a game for footballers, but the coaches are there to help the footballer. We all want to win, I’m glad to see Manchester City play. What I like most about The teams they play well with are trying to suggest an attacking game and it’s fun to see them play, they evolve based on the good figures they have ”.

Atlético, who eliminated United in the round of 16, have lost the Champions League final three times. City were close to regaining the title they lost last season, when they fell to Chelsea in the decision.

Two ways of understanding football but the same goal: to achieve the first Champions League.

Simeone returned the wall to Guardiola when it was his turn at the press conference.  Photo: EFE/Peter Powell.

Simeone returned the wall to Guardiola when it was his turn at the press conference. Photo: EFE/Peter Powell.

Benfica-Liverpool

The English team will have under its wing pressure to comply with those forecasts already they put him as a favorite against the Portuguesewho reached this stage of the contest for the first time in six years.

Led by Jurgen Klopp they are aiming for a four -time championship this season: They have lifted the English League Cup, they have reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup and are a point behind Premier League leader Manchester City before they meet.

Jurgen Klopp has led Liverpool who have trained in the decisive stages of the Champions League.  Photo: Paul ELLIS / AFP.

Jurgen Klopp has led Liverpool who have trained in the decisive stages of the Champions League. Photo: Paul ELLIS / AFP.

The fact that the second leg is at Anfield, the scene of some memorable nights in Europe, means that the Reds are more favorites to continue his path to win his seventh Champions League.

Benfica, two-time European champions, are dreaming of repeating the upset they caused against Liverpool in 2006, when they eliminated them on aggregate 3-0 in the round of 16.

The Portuguese beat Ajax of the Netherlands in a balanced series, they tried to apply tactics and they have Uruguayan Darwin Nunez as the main offensive attraction, with 21 League goals in the season.

Nelson Verissimo, the DT who invited Benfica from Portugal to dream.  Photo: PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP.

Nelson Verissimo, the DT who invited Benfica from Portugal to dream. Photo: PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP.

Chelsea-Real Madrid

Another difference is the cultural abyss that clash with Real Madrid, a Spanish institution owned by thousands of its members, and Chelsea, a club torn apart by the tycoon’s check.

The current champion wants to leave the field the crisis that has hit him due to the departure of his owner Roman Abramovich. He easily went to Lille de France in the round of 16 but only lost his first game since problems erupted: last Saturday against Brentford 4-1.

Chelsea’s heavy defeat to Brentford resulted in a shake-up in the run-up to the quarter-finals.  Photo: EFE/EPA/NEIL HALL.

Chelsea’s heavy defeat to Brentford resulted in a shake-up in the run-up to the quarter-finals. Photo: EFE/EPA/NEIL HALL.

Real Madrid, 13-time European champions, will once again face off against rivals who knocked them out in the semi-finals last year and after a spectacular comeback against the superstars ’PSG.

Karim Benzema, Carlo Ancelotti’s offensive team leader, remains on fire after Madrid scored two goals from a penalty in the victory over Chacho Coudet’s Celta de Vigo, keeping them at the top of the League.

Karim Benzema has been the transcendental figure of an irregular Real Madrid this season, but has reached decisive opportunities in major tournaments.  Photo: MIGUEL RIOPA / AFP.

Karim Benzema has been the transcendental figure of an irregular Real Madrid this season, but has reached decisive opportunities in major tournaments. Photo: MIGUEL RIOPA / AFP.

Villarreal – Bayern Munich

Here, we Argentines will have a special eye. Because after the draw for the 2022 World Cup, you have to follow in the footsteps of Pole Robert Lewandowski, who with his goals was well on his way to the tenth consecutive Bundesliga title for Bayern Munich.

Polish star Robert Lewandowski will be Argentina’s rival in the closing Group C of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.  Photo: Thomas KIENZLE / AFP.

Polish star Robert Lewandowski will be Argentina’s rival in the closing Group C of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Photo: Thomas KIENZLE / AFP.

Similarly, the Bavarian team, European champions in 2020, is a priori stronger than Villarreal. But if anyone introduces Unai Emery’s “Yellow Submarine”, current Europa League champion, it’s certainly his ability to dismantle predictions.

The two teams met in the group stage in 2011, when Bayern advanced with a combined 5-1 win. Julian Nagelsmann’s team matched the visit to Spain by crushing Freiburg 4-1; the second consecutive game in which they scored four goals.

Villarreal chained down its second defeat in La Liga by falling to Levante, penultimate on the table. Emery has no rest in his usual headlines. Villarreal is aiming to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League for the first time since 2006.

Unai Emery prepared Villarreal to eliminate Juventus in the round of 16 of the Champions League.  Photo: AP /Antonio Calanni.

Unai Emery prepared Villarreal to eliminate Juventus in the round of 16 of the Champions League. Photo: AP /Antonio Calanni.

Source: Clarin

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