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UEFA Champions League Predictions: Who will advance to the semifinals?

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The Champions League quarterfinals are upon us. Who will be the victors?

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We at Bavarian Football Works decided to do something a bit different and take a stab at the quarterfinals of this years COVID-19 delayed UEFA Champions League. We have 4 mouthwatering match-ups on the schedule this week. Upstart Serie A squad Atalanta vs the omnipotent and über-expensive Paris Saint-Germain, defensive stalwarts RB Leipzig vs Atletico Madrid, the clash of the FCB’s, FC Bayern Munich and FC Barcelona, and finally big-money Manchester City vs Ligue 1 underdogs Olympique Lyonnais.

Knowing the Champions League, upsets could be in the air, but who will it be? Here are our predictions for the upcoming matches:

Joshua Tobolt

Atalanta 3, Paris-Saint Germain 2

While I would be one to go with the money side such as Paris-Saint Germain, the expectation that Mbappe is out is all I need. (While recent news suggests he could play, i’m speculative about it at best.) While Atalanta is missing their star scoring in Illic, they still have their two top scorers playing in Zapata and Muriel, who each had 18 goals. It’ll be high scoring game.

Atletico Madrid 2, RB Leipzig 1

This game will be all about defense. I’d argue RB Leipzig’s defense is a shade better than Atletico’s, but the sore difference is Leipzig suddenly lost their 30 goal man in Timo Werner. While they pull one goal close, I don’t see a way where RB Leipzig can muster the necessary firepower to put more than one past the world’s best goalkeeper in Jan Oblak.

FC Bayern Munich 3, FC Barcelona 1

Ask me in 2015 if I thought Bayern would be the favorite going into their next matchup in the Champions League against Barcelona in a one-off elimination game and I would’ve said no. Yet, here we are. Here’s the simplistic yet controversial statement. As of this very second, Robert Lewandowski is the best player in the world. Yeah, I said it. Even better than Lionel Messi (Who can still create magic out of nothing. Just ask Napoli.) Bayern is just TOO good. They’re better than Barcelona in every aspect - Forwards, Midfield, Defense and Keeper (Sorry, MATS. #Neuer4Lyfe). I expect this game to be reminiscent of their 2012-13 thrashings.

Manchester City 3, Olympique Lyonnais 1

While I would like to point out Manchester City’s horrid outings the past few years in the Champions League, i’d be a fool too not notice they’re on fire and they have arguably the best midfielder in the world in Kevin De Bruyne just on absolute fire. I expect Manchester City yo walk through this map but Memphis Depay could shock this team with his attacking prowess.

Ineednoname

Paris-Saint Germain 3, Atalanta 1

I gotta follow my brain here. I think PSG’s raw quality will win out. Atalanta are great, but they lost steam near the end of Serie A.

Atletico Madrid 1, RB Leipzig 0

RB Leipzig’s inexperience at this level with do them in. Not having Werner is a huge blow.

Barca/Bayern - N/A

No comment.

Manchester City 4, Olympique Lyonnais 0

No explanation needed.

Tom Adams

Paris-Saint Germain 3, Atalanta 1

With the suggestion that Kylian Mbappe will be fit for this, I just feel that PSG has too much fire power for Atalanta. Of course, a lot of us football fans have enjoyed Atalanta’s ride this season, but I think it’s reliant on open, free-flowing attacking football that’s better suited over a two-legged affair. I think with both Neymar and Mbappe in the firing line, Atalanta might just leave too many open spaces behind when they try to attack, and you do not want to give Neymar and Mbappe too much space.

Atletico Madrid 2, RB Leipzig 1

This one is so tough. I’m really curious to see how Atletico will deal with large, physical strikers up top like Poulsen and Schick. There was a lot of embellishing going from Atletico against Liverpool, which interrupted Liverpool’s play and I think that might be something that gets under Leipzig’s skin as well. In the end, I think Simeone will have his tactics spot on once again and Atletico has too much quality in midfield, so I think they’ll advance.

FC Bayern Munich 3, FC Barcelona 1

No one can stop this Hansi Flick freight train. I don’t care who’s put in front of us, we can beat them.

Manchester City 2, Olympique Lyonnais 0

Without discrediting just how well Lyon has played throughout their campaign, I just think City has way too much quality to cope with. They also showed in the second leg against Real Madrid that they will absolutely pounce on any mistake or slip up, so Lyon would HAVE to be at their absolute best, and then some if they were to have a chance.

Fergus Tong

Atalanta B.C. 1, Paris-Saint Germain 0

Atlanta have one thing money can’t buy. Heart. Their campaign has been one for all the hipsters, and I think they will put a couple past the Qatari side.

RB Leipzig 1, Atletico Madrid 0

No Comment.

FC Bayern Munich 1, FC Barcelona 0

Barca don’t have the energy to deal with the steamroller that is Hansi Flick’s attack. Lewandowski, Muller, Gnabry and hopefully Coman will suffocate the Barca defence.

Manchester City 1, Olympique Lyonnais 0

Anyone who says the French team are just Lyon to themselves.

Schnitzel01

Paris-Saint German 2, Atalanta 1

Atalanta have been an absolute delight to watch this season, with their fluid, free-scoring attack and well synchronised team efforts. However, PSG’s star studded cast, along with the experience at this stage in the Champions League means they should be able to edge this one out.

Atletico Madrid 1, RB Leipzig 0

RB Leipzig showed that they are no pushovers with a stellar performance to dispatch Tottenham, but in the quarter finals, they find themselves out of depth. That, along with the absence of their star striker Timo Werner means a resurgent Atletico which is consistently among the top defensive sides in Europe should be able to win without many problems.

Bayern Munich 3, Barcelona 1

Barcelona have Messi, Ter Stegen, FDJ and so many other stars in what is a superb roster. However, they have been far from cohesive as a unit, and problems in defense have plagued them. Bayern Munich are the team to beat in Europe, and I fancy them to win this more comfortably than envisioned by many.

Man City 4, Lyon 1

This is the easiest tie to predict. Sure, Lyon did overcome a lacklustre Juventus, but Manchester City are in a completely different league, and I see KDB, Jesus and Sterling have a field day against the Lyon defense.

So what do you guys think?

Poll

Who advances to the Semi-Finals?

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  • 64%
    FC Bayern Munich
    (1001 votes)
  • 35%
    FC Barcelona
    (551 votes)
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