Shirts, taboo and Haaland: quarterfinals start with Real Madrid vs Liverpool and City vs Dortmund | Champions League

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1 of 7 Haaland, Guardiola, Vini Jr. and Mané are some of the characters on this Tuesday of Champions – Photo: Infoesporte

Haaland, Guardiola, Vini Jr. and Mané are some of the characters on this Tuesday of Champions – Photo: Infoesporte

Haaland v Manchester City, an affective bond

Whether the Norwegian phenomenon goes to Manchester City or not in the next transfer window is too early to say, but Haaland’s relationship with his opponent is public. He was born in July 2000, around the same time that his father, Alf-Inge Haaland, left Leeds to sign City.

Alf-Inge was a right-back / midfielder with a pass for the Norwegian team, but far from having the same success as his son. He spent three seasons at Manchester City and had his career cut short by a tough entry from Manchester United’s Roy Keane. He was to retire even before the end of his contract in 2003.

Erling, the son, grew up with his father’s influence and has even appeared in pictures with City shirts, even in the lean times.

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2 of 7 Haaland, still a child, with the Manchester City shirt – Photo: Reproduction / Twitter

Haaland, still a child, with the Manchester City shirt – Photo: Reproduction / Twitter

Top scorer in this Champions League with 10 goals despite being absent in two rounds, Haaland is the great weapon for Borussia Dortmund to try to surprise City, although the moment indicates otherwise. In addition to the embezzlement of Sancho, one of the highlights of the season, the Germans come from a defeat by Eintracht Frankfurt and a draw with Cologne in the Bundesliga. The English have won 26 of the last 27 games.

3 of 7 Haaland and Jude Bellingham at Manchester City stadium – Photo: Getty Images

Haaland and Jude Bellingham at Manchester City stadium – Photo: Getty Images

The “curse” of the quarterfinals

One is too little, two is ok, but three is too much. For Pep Guardiola, the time has come for Manchester City to take a step forward and finally overcome the Champions League quarter-finals after traumatic eliminations for Liverpool, Tottenham and especially Lyon, when it was widely favorite last season.

City will again arrive as a title contender, but aware that having great players and perhaps the best coach in the world are not enough when the ball rolls. In the clash against Lyon last year in Lisbon, Guardiola was criticized for “thinking too much” and seeing his team succumb to the French. Before, he had bad results away from home and failed to reverse in Manchester.

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4 of 7 Gabriel Jesus in training at Manchester City – Photo: Reproduction / Facebook

Gabriel Jesus in training for Manchester City – Photo: Reproduction / Facebook

With the great De Bruyne back (being able to act as a fake 9) and Gündogan in great shape waiting for a law from the ex, it is apparently enough for City not to change what it has been doing to reach the first classification for the semifinal since 2005/16. The first 90 minutes start today.

Manchester City: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Rúben Dias and Cancelo; Rodri and Gündogan; Sterling, Bernardo Silva and Foden; De Bruyne

  • Hanging: Fernandinho and Cancelo

Borussia Dortmund: Hitz, Can, Akanji, Hummels and Warrior; Delaney, Bellingham and Dahoud; Hazard and Reus; Haaland.

  • Embezzlement: Moukoko, Sancho, Schmelzer, Witsel e Zagadou
  • Suspended: Haaland

Not too long ago, you must remember. On May 26, 2018, Real Madrid and Liverpool met for the last time. It was worth the cup, and Real still with Cristiano Ronaldo and Bale, the author of two goals, was crowned three times in a row with the victory by 3 to 1.

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5 of 7 Sergio Ramos and Salah in the move in which he injured the Egyptian star in the 2018 Champions League decision – Photo: AFP

Sergio Ramos and Salah in the bid in which he injured the Egyptian star in the 2018 Champions League decision – Photo: AFP

Much has changed since then. Liverpool grew and won the next Champions League, peaked with Jürgen Klopp and now appear to be in good shape after great mid-season turmoil, even with a considerable list of absences.

Real Madrid experienced the same problems. He was eliminated several times in the round of 16 (Ajax and Manchester City) without counting entirely on Sergio Ramos, a coincidence that is repeated this time, now due to injury.

Ramos was one of the characters of that decision when participating in the game that injured Salah when the score was still 0-0. The Egyptian, it seems, will be on the field at Alfredo Di Stéfano, as well as Mané, Firmino, Wijnaldum, Robertson, Alexander -Arnold, Varane, Marcelo, Modric, Casemiro, Kroos, Benzema …

6 out of 7 Alisson flaunts his mustache in Liverpool training – Photo: Getty Images

Alisson flaunts his mustache in Liverpool training – Photo: Getty Images

Zidane with three defenders

The positive streak of four wins has to do with a tactical shift by Zidane. In three of them, Real Madrid started with three defenders, as it should happen today, with Mendy on the left and Marcelo on the wing. At the front, Benzema will defend his fame as Liverpool’s executioner in the Champions League – four goals in three games, one of them just that decision of 2018.

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7 of 7 Marcelo passes the ball under the eyes of Modric, Casemiro and Mendy at Real Madrid training – Photo: Getty Images

Marcelo passes the ball under the eyes of Modric, Casemiro and Mendy at Real Madrid training – Photo: Getty Images

The big change at Liverpool goes by the name of Fabinho, who left the defense, where he was improvised due to absences, to return to midfield, where he shone in the last seasons.

On Saturday, Jürgen Klopp’s team had a performance like the old days by making 3-0 at Arsenal without knowing it. Diogo Jota (six goals in the last four games per club and national team) and Alexander-Arnold appeared well and are weapons for the German coach to exploit against Real Madrid. In addition to a salah with a thirst for revenge …

Real Madrid: Courtois, Nacho, Varane and Mendy; Vázquez, Modric, Casemiro, Kroos and Marcelo; Benzema and Asensio

  • Embezzlement: Carvajal, Hazard and Sergio Ramos
  • Hanging: Mendy e Valverde

Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Kabak, Robertson; Thiago, Fabinho and Wijnaldum; Salah, Diogo Jota and Mané.

  • Embezzlement: Gomez, Henderson, Kelleher, Matip, Origi e Van Dijk
  • Hanging: Henderson, Milner e Wijnaldum

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