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Champions League 185 43 Champions League: Quarterfinal Stage, Previews 31637601 Europe's elite eight Europe%27s+elite+eight Champions League

The chance of Real Madrid meeting Barcelona in the Champions League final at Wembley remains alive when the Spanish giants were kept apart in the draw for the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

 

Barcelona will face David Beckham's side Paris St Germain - he is the only English player left in the competition - while Real Madrid will take on Galatasaray. In the other two quarterfinals, Bayern Munich's reward for seeing off Arsenal is a meeting with Celtic's conquerors Juventus, while Borussia Dortmund will play Spanish side Malaga.

 

Curious to see how the matches will stack up come April? Find out as FOX Soccer previews all four quarterfinal tilts here:

 

Jamie Trecker


 

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Champions League 185 43 Champions League: Quarterfinal Stage, Previews 31637578 Paris St. Germain vs. Barcelona Paris+St.+Germain+vs.+Barcelona Champions League

The matchup of the round, these two sides have a history and some shared players. Zlatan Ibrahimovic will return to Nou Camp and his old club in the second leg after he completes his suspension. David Beckham has been to Barcelona many times; he faced them as a member of Real Madrid. And PSG eliminated Barcelona in the 1994/95 quarters in the one and only previous time that the Parisians made it to this stage.

 

Both teams have issues: without Ibrahimovic in the lineup, PSG lacks that bit of stardust and invention. They have a power-packed lineup to be sure: Beckham sits alongside Javier Pastore, Thiago Silva and Ezequiel Lavezzi. But Ibra brings that unpredictability – he is as likely to be sent off as he is to unleash a spectacular goal. They were less than convincing against Valencia but they stormed through the group stage.

 

Barcelona are the club of this era, with Andres Iniesta and Xavi surrounding the greatest player in the game, Lionel Messi. The Catalans look to have wrapped up La Liga very early this season, allowing them to concentrate on Europe, but they have suffered a deep dip in form, seeing archrivals Real Madrid beat them back to back and then suffering a bad loss to AC Milan. Barca managed to charge back with a powerful display over the Italians in the second leg, but teams now know Barca are not invincible.

 

Pick: Barcelona

 

Jamie Trecker

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Champions League 185 43 Champions League: Quarterfinal Stage, Previews 31637575 Bayern Munich vs. Juventus Bayern+Munich+vs.+Juventus Champions League

A potential classic. Juventus have yet to lose a two-legged quarterfinal against a German side, meeting German teams five times and always progressing. That said, Bayern is the team that thumped them 4-1 at home in a 2009 group stage game, dealing Juve their worst ever home loss in Europe.

 

Bayern are on a mission. They were stunned last year in their home stadium by an uber-defensive Chelsea, and Jupp Heynckes has made it a mission in his final season with the club to win it all in Europe. Bayern were a bit lucky against Arsenal in the round of 16 – missing Franck Ribery and Bastian Schweinsteiger in the second leg, they looked jaded and disinterested, nearly allowing a weak Arsenal side to steal the tie. As it was, they progressed on the away goals rule and now must show a much better game against the runaway Serie A leaders.

 

Juventus made easy work of things in the group stages, knocking out the reigning champs; then slaughtering Celtic in the round of 16. Key for them is the performance of Andrea Pirlo, Italy’s great midfield general. Claudio Marchisio and Alessandro Matri can score for them, and Juve are riding an 18-game unbeaten streak in European play.

 

Pick: Bayern Munich

 

Jamie Trecker
 

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Champions League 185 43 Champions League: Quarterfinal Stage, Previews 31637577 Real Madrid vs. Galatasaray Real+Madrid+vs.+Galatasaray Champions League

Upstarts Galatasaray spent big in the winter window, snatching Wesley Sneijder and Didider Drogba to add to a team that was already a contender. The Turks were just behind Manchester United in the group stage, and swatted off a fading Schalke team in the round of 16. The match means a return to the Bernabeau for Sneijder, as he played for Los Merengues between 2007-09, scoring 11 goals. It also means a reunion for Drogba and his old boss, Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho.

 

Real Madrid knocked Galatasaray out in the 2000-01 quarterfinals, getting a measure of revenge for a Super Cup defeat earlier in the season. But the tie was by no means easy: in the first leg, Gala completed a thrilling comeback from 2-0 down to win out 3-2. Real would then pound them 3-0 at home.

 

With the power of Cristiano Ronaldo, Angel di Maria and Gonzalo Higuain, Real will test the Turks early and often, but don’t expect this to be a gimmee for the Spanish giants.

 

Pick: Real Madrid

 

Jamie Trecker
 

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Champions League 185 43 Champions League: Quarterfinal Stage, Previews 31637576 Malaga vs. Borussia Dortmund Malaga+vs.+Borussia+Dortmund Champions League

An unexpected matchup. Malaga shocked observers Wednesday with a late 2-1 win on aggregate to eject former winners Porto in what was, overall, a dire tie. Dortmund on the other hand, powered the group of death and made easy work of Shakhtar Donetsk in the round of 16.

 

Dortmund is clearly the superior side, boasting world-class talents in Mario Goetze, the Polish duo of Jakub “Kuba” Blaszczykowski and Robert Lewandowski; and hard nosed defenders Neven Subotic and Felipe Santana. Malaga, on the other hand, has been shedding talent – sending Nacho Monreal to Arsenal, for example – and are well out of the title race in Spain at 13 points off third. Martin Demichelis, Isco and Julio Baptista remain their impact players.

 

One side note: Malaga have all to play for: they received a ban from the next European competition they qualify for failing to pay their players and their taxes in a timely manner.

 

Pick: Borussia Dortmund

 

Jamie Trecker

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