Champions League quarterfinals first leg: 5 key talking points
After some enthralling football during the round of 16 ties, the UEFA Champions League was back this past mid-week with its usual thrills and spills. Some results were beyond imagination, some were not, and in the end, it was a perfect midweek footballing action for all the supporters around the world.
The usual suspects, such as Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, and Barcelona all registered convincing wins, but it Liverpool who stole the limelight with a thumping win against their domestic foes, and the Premier League leaders, Manchester City.
Real Madrid came up with the most convincing result of all as Juventus was handsomely beaten by the UEFA Champions League holders in Juve's own backyard. With 3 away goals in their pocket, it looks like a smooth sailing for Los Blancos at the moment.
Barcelona and Bayern too came up with routine victories against Roma and Sevilla respectively and look all set for a semi-final appearance in this campaign.
So without any further ado, here are the major talking points for this week's UEFA Champions League action:
#5 Ronaldo, Real, and the Champions League Conundrum
Champions League has always been unpredictable but it does not seem to be the case with Real Madrid. Los Blancos surely knows when to turn up the heat, even when the chips are deep, deep down. Nobody in their right had mind given Real Madrid a chance against PSG, considering the unfortunate turn of events, in which Real Madrid lost the plot domestically.
But they forgot Real Madrid deliver when it matters the most. The Spanish side have virtually sealed a birth in the semifinals of the Champions League with a thumping 3-0 victory away from home against the old lady.
While Paulo Dybala will be out of the 2nd leg fixture due to suspension, it will be a mountain too steep to climb for Juventus. Also, Cristiano Ronaldo has got the better of Juve defence time and again and has already scored 9 goals against them in the last 6 encounters. So, it is going to be an uphill task for Juventus to prevent him from scoring at Santiago Bernabeu.
The chances for Juventus look bleak at the moment but we will have to wait till it's all done and dusted at the Santiago Bernabeu next week.