Now that the Round of 16 is over and Bayern Munich somehow didn’t face Arsenal, Europe moves onto the next stage of its elite cup competition. Last year, a controversial loss against Real Madrid meant that Bayern couldn’t progress to the semi-finals. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen again.
So who are Bayern’s likely opponents in the QFs? Here they are, in descending order of difficulty:
Strengths: Possession, scoring, passing, defending, Leo Messi
Weaknesses: Right back position
The favorites to win the Champions League are also Bayern Munich’s most dangerous opponent. Boasting the likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, and Ousmane Dembele in their ranks, the Catalan side can rip any defense to shreds. They dispatched Chelsea with ease in the round of 16, and it’s unlikely that their momentum will slow down any time soon. However, if there is a team that can beat Barcelona, it’s Bayern Munich.
At the very least, it should be one hell of a show.
#2: Real Madrid
Strengths: Big game players
Weaknesses: None apparent
Real Madrid aren’t the same team from last year, but they’re still one of the most formidable teams in Europe. While they sit 15 points off the pace in La Liga, the men from the Spanish capital have a knack for turning it on the UCL, making them very dangerous opponents. With Cristiano Ronaldo getting into his stride, the Bavarians would rather avoid them at this stage of the competition.
Strengths: Superb defense, tactical nous of Massimiliano Allegri
Weaknesses: Attacking impetus
Moving to the other end of the spectrum, we have Juventus. Unlike Barcelona and Madrid, Juventus are not a free-flowing, high scoring team that will take the game to Bayern and try to dominate the possession. Instead, the Old Lady can boast the meanest defense still left in the competition. Juventus are able to clamp down on virtually anyone, and they know how to score on the counter. With players like Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala, and former Bayern winger Douglas Costa, this is a tie the Bavarians would rather skip.
#4: Manchester City
Strengths: Possession, scoring, passing, recycling possession, attacking down the wings, high pressing
Weaknesses: Defending under pressure
The latest edition of the Pep Guardiola derby would be a sight to savor, but perhaps not a pleasant experience for the Bavarians. Manchester City are one of the most dominant teams in Europe at the moment, able to hold the ball almost indefinitely and score at will. Pep Guardiola has the team buzzing and Man City’s offense could trouble any team in Europe. The only area where they are let down is their defense. While they don’t often concede goals, that’s a side-effect of having so much of the ball. Manchester City’s ability to defend off the ball is weak.
That being said, this would not be an ideal tie for Bayern Munich. At all.
Strengths: Scoring, high press
Weaknesses: Defense (seriously, they are terrible)
Jurgen Klopp’s current team has the same hallmarks of his old ones. An aggressive, gegenpressing style combined with free scoring wingers make Liverpool dangerous for any defense in the world. With the mercurial Mohammed Salah scoring at will, the Reds can boast a number of impressive scalps this season — including the aforementioned Manchester City. However, Liverpool are a glass cannon, and their defense will crumble when pressured. Considering the level of competition in these quarter finals, Liverpool are one of the easier draws the Bavarians can get.
#6: AS Roma
Strengths: Scoring goals, Alisson (their goalkeeper)
Weaknesses: Inexperience, tendency to crumble under pressure
With all due respect to Eusebio Di Francesco and his men, Roma might be one of the easiest teams Bayern can hope to face in the quarter finals. This Roman team are no slouch, but they are inexperienced and outclassed by the Bavarians at almost every position. Most fans will be hoping for Roma in the quarter finals, to repeat the 7-1 from a few years ago.
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Weaknesses: *insert relevant info here*
Well, Jose Mourinho parked the bus, and here we are. I actually thought Manchester United were going to go through, silly me. Well, this is going to sound really bad, but I don’t know much about Sevilla, certainly not enough to make a balanced assessment of their strengths and weaknesses. However, they have the lowest league position of anyone on this list, so for me that makes them the weakest. While we should take them seriously, I don’t think Bayern Munich are very worried about Sevilla.
Who do you want to face in the Champions League quarter finals?
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