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The Champions League has drawn this Friday the paths that will lead to the final of Istanbul next May 29. The eight teams left with life already know which are their opponents in the quarterfinals and the order of the following. A fierce fight ensues between three English, two German, one Spanish, one French and one Portuguese clubs.
The curious thing about these rooms is that they will not even be Leo messi neither Cristiano Ronaldo. It took 16 years for any of these geniuses to go beyond the first knockout round, confirming what was a matter of time, although with them it has taken much longer: there is a change of cycle. The Champions, without its two great kings, is looking for a monarch and it will not be for aspirants.
Star: Kevin de Bruyne
It is difficult to stay with just one player from the team Pep Guardiola, more so this year. De Bruyne He is the figure that every team would like to have and that makes the rest of their teammates better. An injury meant that it was not possible to see as much of him as every football fan would like, but he has already picked up a run. His presence next to that of Gündogan, Mahrez or Bernardo silva They are the best weapons of the City to get the long-awaited Champions of the sheikh.
Star: Erling haaland
Dortmund will not be one of the favorites for the title, but they have in their ranks the biggest beast of all: Erling haaland. Soo is 20 years old, but he is the top scorer in the current Champions League with ten goals. City are very tough prey, but so far there has been nothing to stop this predator from scoring. With him it is clear that the best is yet to come and that can happen through a signing by a club like Real Madrid. One of the clear aspirants to the throne of Cristiano and Messi.
Star: S. Oliveira
The Port It is the ‘cinderella’ of the Champions League quarters and as such does not have a differential star like the rest of the teams. What he does have is a ‘general’ in the center of defense capable of, at 38 years old, drying up Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus in the second round. For the Portuguese club, reaching where they have come is already a triumph, but they do not want to give up anything against Chelsea. And if there is someone who shines in that team and has room to exploit, it is Sergio Oliveira.
Star: Timo Werner
Chelsea is another since Tuchel took the reins of the team. Right now they are one of the safest teams in defense and, although they don’t score many goals, they are very reliable in every way. That’s thanks to players like N’Golo Kanté or a Kovacic that has been claimed with the German technician. In its ranks, in addition, it has several aspirants to be the next great star of the competition, highlighting Timo Werner Y Kai havertz. For continuity, the man to follow is the forward.
Star: Robert Lewandowski
No one is going to discover at this point Lewandowski. He, like him Bayern, is the safest bet that there is right now in Europe. The Bavarian club has remained unstoppable since last year and Lewandowski is not on the brakes when it comes to scoring goals (he has 39 this season). Of course, for now, his five goals in the Champions League fall short next to Haaland’s ten. It will not be good to bite the current one The Best.
Star: Kylian Mbappé
Mbappe He had against Barça in the round of 16 the tie that he so badly needed to confirm that he can dominate Europe for a decade. To the culés, with an overshadowed Messi, he endorsed four goals. At his side he has another genius who can perfectly compete for the throne, which is Neymar. Will it be the last time they compete side by side? At least, they want to compensate for the bad taste in their mouths that left them losing the last Champions League final against Bayern.
Star: Karim Benzema
He was left for dead in the group stage and here he is. You always have to fear Real Madrid. The same happens with Karim Benzema, used to being ‘buried’ and continuing to vindicate himself based on goals and good football. Who can deny that this can be his Champions as leader of the whites? Without Cristiano, but with Benzema. The French striker, the eternally misunderstood, is looking for the only thing he has left to take off the second sword of CR7. He is also a leader.
Star: Mohamed salah
Wrong He was able to retaliate from the 2018 Kiev final by winning the next edition in Madrid. The Egyptian is considered one of the best in the world for a few years, but now that neither Messi nor Cristiano are on the road, he seeks to dominate the continent. It is not the best Liverpool, nor the best Salah. However, the Champions League is always the perfect excuse to be reborn and especially if you face an old acquaintance, see Sergio Ramos.
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