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Champions League quarterfinal draw: First thoughts

The Champions League quarterfinal draw was held at Nyon this evening. Steve McManaman picked the balls out of the draw, a result of which was these four mouth-watering ties:

 First Leg at Home Return Leg at Home Last time they met
 Malaga Borussia Dortmund Never played each other
 Real Madrid Galatasaray 2-1 (Real Madrid Won), 2011
 Paris Saint-Germain FC Barcelona 2-2 (Friendly)
 Bayern Munich Juventus 4-1 (Bayern Won), 2009-10

The ties will be played on April 2/3rd, and April 9/10th.

1) Malaga vs Borussia Dortmund:

FBL-GER-CUP-DORTMUND-HANOVER

Dortmund have enough quality to see-off Malaga, but you never know. Malaga are an unpredictable team, proved by their victory against Real Madrid in January.

 Team Key Players
 Malaga Isco
 Borussia Dortmund Mario Gotze, Robert Lewandowski, Marco Reus 

2) Real Madrid vs Galatasaray:

Real Madrid v Manchester City FC - UEFA Champions League

When these two teams met the last time, it was a low-scoring affair, with Real Madrid winning the match 2-1. This time, it will be totally different, as Real Madrid are in top form, and Galatasaray could be easily swept aside unless there is a twist in the tale.

 Team Key Players
 Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo, Mesut Ozil, Xabi Alonso
 Galatasaray Burak Yılmaz, Didier Drogba, Wesley Sneijder

3) Paris-Saint Germain vs FC Barcelona:

FC Barcelona v Getafe CF  - Liga BBVA

Based on current form, Paris Saint-Germain should not be a problem for the rampant Barcelona. The PSG side consists of the only Englishman left in the competition in David Beckham, who has had numerous encounters against the Catalans while playing for Real Madrid.

 Team Key Players
 Paris Saint-Germain Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Lucas Moura
 FC Barcelona Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta, Xavi

4) Bayern Munich vs Juventus:

FBL-EUR-C1-ARSENAL-BAYERN MUNICH

This would be the match to watch out for, as on one side there is Bayern Munich, who have a fantastic attacking arsenal, while on the other it’s Juventus, who have the best defensive line-up in Italy. Juventus are considered as the dark horses in the Champions League, and Bayern will find it difficult to get pass the Italians.

 Team Key Players
 Bayern Munich Thomas Muller, Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben, Mario Mandzukic
 Juventus Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal, Sebastian Giovinco

This year’s quarterfinal draw looks interesting, and Bayern Munich vs Juventus should be a mouth-watering contest!

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