Women’s Champions League: The road to the quarter-finals

The Women’s Champions League makes a comeback this week and a couple of tasty match-ups lined up for us this week. So here’s a look at the quarter-finalists and how things stand going into the knockout rounds.

Bayern Munich vs PSG

Group D runners-up Bayern Munich will host the defending French D1 Arkema champions at the Allianz Arena in Munich — a historic feat as it will be the first time the women’s team will play at the main stadium.

Going into Tuesday’s game, Bayern Munich find themselves in a title race with fellow UWCL contenders Wolfsburg and are just a point behind. The Bavarians had a disappointing start to the campaign, drawing to Benfica, but picked up crucial wins against BK Häcken and Benfica in the return leg as well as a win at home against Lyon.

The Parisiennes on the other hand, have had a flawless campaign in the Champions League, winning all six games and scoring 25, while conceding none. They also find themselves in a title race back at home, with Lyon currently ahead by three points.

The French outfit will be looking to go all the way to the final. This time hoping for a better result than the last two finals they featured in.

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Real Madrid vs Barcelona

Champions League newcomers Real Madrid have already made history this season. They are the first debutants to reach the knockout rounds after Manchester City’s 2016/17 inaugural season in the UWCL. The gift they get? Having to face a mammoth Barcelona side who are fresh off securing their league title with seven games to go.

The Champions League first leg will be the second in the Clasico trilogy this month. The first was a 5-0 drubbing of Los Blancas as Barcelona successfully defended their Spanish crown.

Barcelona is the second team to have qualified for the quarters without tasting defeat, with the only other side being Paris Saint Germain. The focus for Barcelona, as it stands, is defending their first European title and they are the favourites to win it yet again, barring a calamity.

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Juventus vs Olympique Lyonnais

Another quarter-final debutant in the form of Juventus will face serial winners Lyon in Turin. Juventus also happens to be one of the four clubs to confirm that their home matches in the quarters will be held at the men’s team main stadium.

Joe Montemurro’s squad will be looking to cause an upset in his first season with the Italian champions against a resurgent Lyon side.

Les Lyonnaises will definitely be smarting from last season’s quarter-final exit at the hands of French counterparts, PSG on away goals. They will be glad to have Ada Hegerberg back amongst the goals after her lengthy injury left her out for more than a year.

The 26-year-old striker found the back of the net three times in two games to close out the group stage for the seven-time champions. Lyon are seeking to re-establish themselves as the European top dogs as well as taking back their French crown domestically, after losing out to PSG again in the league last season.

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Arsenal vs Wolfsburg

Whatever way you might want to look at things, this match-up could prove to be the tie of the round. Arsenal will be hosting the Germans at the Emirates Stadium. The return leg is also set to be held at the Volkswagen Arena, which could be a big moment for either club.

Both sides find themselves engrossed in a title race at home. Arsenal lead in the Women’s Super League two points ahead of London rivals Chelsea, who have a game in-hand. Wolfsburg on the other hand, are just a point ahead of Bayern Munich following a heavy win over Hoffenheim.

Arsenal nearly missed the quarter-finals on the last day with a heavy loss to Hoffenheim, but proceeded at the expense of the Germans with a better head-to-head record. Two heavy defeats against Barcelona did not help make matters easier but it won’t matter to Jonas Eidevall’s side.

Two-time champions Die Wolfinnen will look to call on the services of Tabea Wassmuth who struck the net eight times in the group stages. Meanwhile, Arsenal will be hoping new signing Stina Blackstenius continues her red-hot form in front of goal.

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Times and dates

The first leg will take place this week on Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd March. The return fixtures will be held on the 30th and 31st of March.

All matches will be free and available to view via DAZN’s YouTube channel across the world.

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