Spanish football does not stop tyrannising Europe . For sample, the fact that the draw of quarterfinals of the Champions League of this Friday (12:00 hours) will be the sixth consecutive with three Spanish teams : Real Madrid FC Barcelona and Sevilla . With the real possibility that two of them face each other in search of the semifinals of the highest European competition. That is, luck is in a position to provide a Classic or a duel between one of the greats of our sport king and Sevilla.
However, what our representatives have done so far this season is well known . On the one hand, the bad domestic course of Madrid (third place in the league and elimination in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey) and its good European practice (second place in the group stage and the PSG beaten in eighths.)
On the other, the condition of the Cup finalists of Barça and Sevilla the first place of some and the fifth of others in the League ] and a remarkable continental journey for both (the Catalans were classified first in their group and finished with Chelsea, the Spaniards were second and gave the bell against Manchester United).
It is more interesting to know what to expect from the foreign rivals that have also made a gap between the eight best teams of this European Cup: two English teams, two Italian and one German.
Third in the Premier and semifinalists of the FA Cup in the previous campaign. They fell in the fourth round of the League Cup and in the second round of the Champions League. With regard to this year, they are first in England with 16 points ahead of Manchester United, second: 81 by 65. In addition, won the League Cup by winning Clearly at Arsenal (0-3).
On the other hand, City was eliminated by a third team, Wigan, in the last 16 of the FA Cup (1-0) A round that did exceed in Europe although before it was first of a group that it shared with Naples, Shakhtar Donetsk and Feyenoord (five victories and a single defeat). Also there was luck with the rival in eighths a Basel with which there was no kind of mercy (0-4 in the first leg and 1-2 in the round). The knee injury of Kun Agüero his big star, worries. Although other proper names like Sterling, Sané, De Bruyne, Gabriel Jesus or Silva are healthy.
Quarters in Premier, semifinalists in League Cup and eliminated in the fourth round of the FA Cup last year: they did not contest European competition. Now they are fourth in the League with 60 points, one of the third, Tottenham, and five of the second, United. They fell in the third round of the League Cup (2-0 against Leicester) and in the fourth round of the FA Cup (2-3 against West Bromwich).
] Coincided with Sevilla in the group stage of this Champions League, with which they drew two in the first leg and three in the return leg. They finished first group (in which Spartak from Moscow and Maribor were also) with three wins and three draws. All this after overcoming the previous one against Hoffenheim . Afterwards, they walked in eighths against Oporto : 0-5 in the first leg and 0-0 in the round. Mohamed Salah Firmino and Sadio Mané start as big threats in the Anfield team.
Champions of the Serie A and the Italian Cup, as well as finalists of both the Champions League and the Super Cup in the 2016-2017 season. A few months later, have just placed Calcio leaders four points ahead of Napoli, their only rival in the fight for the Scudetto. They lost the final of the Super Cup against Lazio (2-3) and qualified for the Cup final after eliminating Genoa, Torino and Atalanta. Milan awaits on May 9.
The Turin team suffered Barça in the group stage of the Champions League: 3-0 defeat in the first leg, although they drew 0-0 in the return leg. He qualified second (three victories, two draws and one loss) in a first phase shared also with Sporting de Portugal and Olympiakos. In eighth maximum equality against Tottenham : 2-2 in the first leg and 1-2 at home in the round. The Argentine duo Dybala-Higuain can wreak havoc on any rival.
Second in the League, Copa semifinalists, eliminated in the group stage of the Champions League and in the last sixteen of the Europa League last season. In which concerns us, they are third in Serie A although with the title already completely out of reach (56 points, 14 less than the Napoli, second). In addition, bid farewell to the Cup against Torino in the round of 16 (1-2).
At the continental level, they achieved the feat of being first in their group that of death of this edition (three victories, two draws and one defeat). Above all, because they shared with Atlético de Madrid (0-0 in the first leg and 2-0 defeat in the return) and Chelsea. Also with the quaragon Qarabag. They had to come back in the last 16 against Shakhtar Donetsk : they lost 2-1 in the first leg and won 1-0 in the return leg. Dzeko is the undisputed star of the Roman team.
German Bundesliga champions, Cup semifinalists, Super Cup winners and eliminated in the quarterfinals of the Champions a season ago. At present, dominate their league standings (66 points: 20 on margin with Schalke 04, second) and are in Copa semifinals after eliminating Chemnitzer, Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund and Paderborn: Bayer Leverkusen will be their rival in April. It must also be said that won the Supercopa to Dortmund on penalties.
As for the Champions, they finished seconds (five wins and one defeat) in a group they shared with PSG, Glasgow Celtic and Anderlecht. The round of 16 was a mere procedure before Besiktas : 5-0 in the first leg and 1-3 in the return leg. Lewandowski starts as a great reference for a team in which Müller, Vidal, Hummels and Robben are other players