April 2017: the Classics instead of the Clasico

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Already in the quarterfinals of the Champions League with each other will play real Madrid and Bayern Munich. But that’s not the only intrigue, which gave us the draw.

After the famous striker Liverpool’s Ian rush has exposed half of the balls has become clear that we expect the two battle with the prefix “super”. No pair remained “Juventus”, “Bavaria”, “real” and “Barcelona”, that is, the probability of two Clasico at this early stage of the Champions League was extremely high. But the meeting of the two Spanish giants either cancelled, or put off, but instead offered other timeless classics – battle “Bavaria” and “real”.

This drawing is a kind of epitaph of the heated balls. Fans of conspiracy theories believe: UEFA in the last five years are intentionally bred, Barça, real Madrid and Bayern Munich at the different couples in the 1/4 finals to the semi-finals was the most interesting. But now the trend is violated: at least one of the three main title contenders will take off long before the finish.


Why do we call Bayern’s meeting with real Madrid classic? The main reason, in Europe nobody plays each other as often as Bayern against real Madrid. But not only that. 23rd and 24th matches of these clubs will be held under the classic guise of “Student vs. teacher” – Zinedine Zidane about a year helped Carlo Ancelotti to steer the “Royal club”, and in 2014 they have won for real Madrid’s tenth Champions League Cup.

Now Zidane has become an independent coach and a year ago got to the top of the Champions League without the help of Ancelotti. However, last season the Italian was on vacation, so to stop his former apprentice could not.

This confrontation is interesting and a lot of other weaves. The last time Bayern against real Madrid was played in April 2014 when PEP Guardiola suffered a major defeat in his coaching career. Then for Bayern played Kroos, and on the side of “real” was not only Ancelotti and Xabi Alonso. It is symbolic that the bask, in may the final career, the last season will meet the former club.

The probability of reaching the semifinals. Forecast “SE”


REAL 45%


Look at the name of the Blaugrana club, but between the letters can be read as “PSG”. But no, Juventus will play risen from the dead “Barcelona”, which means that we are waiting for a repeat of the final of the Champions League in 2015.

For eighteen years, “Barcelona” slightly changed, while Juventus lost many important players in midfield and attack – is gone Pirlo, Pogba, Tevez, Morata and Vidal, who played in that final. But he kept the face line of defense. True about the person in this case to say inappropriate, because in April, the defender of Juventus Chiellini will once again see “the vampire” Suarez who bit Italian during the world Cup in Brazil. By the way, in the final of the Champions League the Italian has not played because of injury, but the meeting was inevitable.

Overall, Juventus is hardly satisfied with the draw. Buffon somehow wanted to avoid the match with “Lester”, but perhaps cunning, because now the chances to win your first Champions League in his career for him. But Dibala did not hide the fact that he wanted to postpone the meeting with the Catalans to the final.

The probability of reaching the semifinals. Forecast “SE”




If Bayern and real Madrid intersect each other at a certain time, then, as Monaco and Borussia Dortmund will play against each other for the first time. But even if it is easy to predict that the goals in both games will be many. Even a lot of.

In the current Champions League, only Barcelona (26) have scored more than Dortmund (25). And in all tournaments this season again, only Barcelona (129) scored more than Monaco (126). And those and others love to attack but weak in defense. Dortmund and Monaco resemble bodybuilders who are pumped up muscles chest, back and arms to the size of the balloon, but their feet are similar to canes. It will be interesting to observe two young, cheerful and carefree teams.

The probability of reaching the semifinals. Forecast “SE”




The worst of the lot for the champion of England could not be. Even in the matches with “Bavaria” and “Barcelona” have “Lester” would have a better chance of reaching the semi-finals, because “Fox” would know in advance: they will have to endure and to catch the contender on counterattacks. Simply put, do things, due to which Leicester and has achieved resounding success last season.

With Atletico it will be much harder: Yes, real Madrid in the Spanish League are even worse, “Seville”, which was “Lester”, but the style of the “plans” similar to “Fox”. Diego Simeone also brought the team so that it had the most defensively and effectively used the counter-attack, but “Atletico” selection of players is much higher than that of “Lester”. In addition, the Luggage Ranieri by mid-April, probably runs out.

The probability of reaching the semifinals. Forecast “SE”



Gosha CHERNOV, Sport-Express

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