Big opportunities ahead for Italian clubs No Serie A club has won the title in the last 12 seasons of the Champions League. In these 12 seasons, Juventus played in the final twice but did not touch the title even once. But this time there is a good opportunity in front of the Italian clubs. All three clubs in the last eight of the Champions League are Serie’R.
The Champions League quarter-final draw took place in Nyon, Switzerland on Friday (March 17). In the draw, English club Chelsea got Real Madrid as the opponent of the last eight. Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City will face Bayern Munich.
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Napoli, who reached the quarter-finals for the first time after playing well, will play against AC Milan. Another Serie A club Inter Milan’s opponent is Benfica.
In terms of strength, Inter Milan will be ahead against Benfica. Benfica has not won a match in three matches between the two teams. In addition to drawing twice, Inter won one match. However, Benfica’s recent form has been excellent. The Portuguese club have won all of their last 6 matches. So chances of the match being one sided are less, both sides will have chances.
In another quarter-final, the fight between AC Milan and Napoli will also gather. Statistics and recent form put Napoli slightly ahead, but the Italian champions are not far behind in terms of power. An Italian team is definitely coming from this quarter and there is a possibility of Inter reaching the semi-finals even from the first match. If that happens, an Italian club will surely play the final.
Last season also saw Real as the opponent of the Blues in the quarter finals. Where Los Blancos won 5-4 over the two legs and confirmed the semifinals. This time, Potter’s disciples have the opportunity to take revenge by losing the Spanish giants.
But if Real win, then Man City and Bayern will have someone as an opponent. Carlo Ancelotti’s men played in the final after defeating City in the semi-finals last season.
Napoli are out of touch this season. In addition to the top spot in the league, they also topped their group in the Champions League and made it to the next round for the first time. And after 12 long years, Inter Milan reached the last eight of the Champions League.
This time the first leg matches of the quarter finals will be held on April 11 and 12. A week later on April 18 and 19, the return leg will be played.