THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUARTER-FINAL 2 ROUND UP

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Ajax knock-out another big team in style..
After defeating Real Madrid at the Bernabeu, there was the feeling that Juventus would be tougher to play against. In the Allianz Stadium, one would have expected Juventus to turn up the heat. Just like in the first leg, after Juventus went ahead via (no marks for guessing correctly) Ronaldo, Ajax response was almost immediate. In the second half, it was all Ajax. What was particularly ironic was the fact that Juventus rested practically the whole team over the weekend against SPAL- a game they duly lost- and Ajax still had to field their first team during the weekend because there is really no room for slip-up as PSV Eindhoven is hot on their heels. Yet, it was Juventus that played like they were jaded and did not have the legs to keep up with this youthful side from Amsterdam. The level of dominance was so glaring that the eventual score-line did a bit of a disservice to this Ajax team.  Another impressive giant-killing victory for Ajax.
For this Juventus side, this is another opportunity lost. Juventus may win the Serie A with their eyes closed this season but they have not been at their absolute best for the most part. Most of their players are getting to the climax of their careers. Ronaldo’s superpowers may not be there till infinity as he will be 35 next year. The clock is ticking.
 
Manchester United blown away at the Camp Nou.
 For the first ten minutes of this game, it seemed like Manchester United had a game plan. But once Rashford missed his chance and Lionel Messi got the first two goals, the rest of the game was just perfunctory. We all got the feeling that going to the Camp Nou and getting a result there may have been just too much for Manchester United but their performance left a lot to be desired. For Manchester United, all their focus would have to be getting into the top four. But with 5 losses in 7 games, the rot needs to be stopped for any chance of that happening.
For Barcelona, when you have a player that consistently makes the extraordinary look ordinary, you have a lot less to worry about. Liverpool will definitely be a bigger test. We cannot wait.
 
 
Liverpool make light work of Porto..
Liverpool did not need to do a lot to get a very good result in Porto. Liverpool was majorly on the back foot but the trio of Salah, Mane and Firmino just proved too hot to handle. Liverpool will feel like they can go one better than last year and win the most prestigious European competition. Next up: Barcelona.
 
Manchester City edged out in emotional rollercoaster..
In what eventually turned out to be one of the most entertaining Champions League games, Tottenham had the last laugh as there was some serious change of emotions towards the end of the game and no one would have been more relieved than Christian Eriksen. For Manchester City, this was a step too far as they were not in control of the game even after they scored early on and those two goals conceded early on proved to be really costly. The decision to play De Bruyne for only a few minutes towards the end of the first leg has eventually proven to be something that would be thought of with regret. Manchester City once again when it mattered most and you just get the feeling that this one will linger for a while. The quadruple is now a bust.
For Tottenham, playing without their talisman for most of the two legs and losing Moussa Sissoko during this match and still progressing is quite a commendable achievement. For them, the emotional rollercoaster was ultimately worthwhile.
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