Champions League 2022-23 Quater-Final As Chelsea Draw Real Madrid

The quarter-final draw for the Champions League takes place today in Nyon, Switzerland.

Chelsea have been drawn against holders Real Madrid in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

The tie is a repeat of the last season’s quarter-finals and the semi-finals the year before.

Pep Guardiola faces a reunion as his Manchester City side have been drawn against German giants Bayern Munich.

There’s also an all-Italian clash as AC Milan face off against high-flyers Napoli.

Elsewhere 2010 champions Inter Milan have been drawn against Benfica.

Thanks to the semi-final draw there is a possibility for a Milan derby.


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Real Madrid v Chelsea

Inter Milan v Benfica

Manchester City v Bayern Munich

AC Milan v Napoli


AC Milan or Napoli v Inter Milan or Benfica

Real Madrid or Chelsea v Manchester City or Bayern Munich

Darwin Nunez Wins Liga Portugal's Player Of The Year Award

Darwin Nunez has been named Liga Portugal’s 2021/22 Player of the Year for his outstanding performances during the campaign for Benfica.

Nunez has completed a €100m transfer to Liverpool that could make him the club’s most

expensive ever player if various add-ons included in the deal are triggered,

having come to prominence over the last 12 months because of his goals in Benfica colours.

The 22-year-old Uruguayan netted 26 times in 28 Primeira Liga appearances during the 2021/22 season,

reaching 34 in 41 across all competitions – including six in the Champions League.

It was a breakout season of epic proportion, having scored only six league goals in his only previous top flight campaign in Europe.

A year earlier than that, Nunez had been playing for Almeria in Spain’s second tier, highlighting just how rapid his progress has been.

Recent past winners of the Liga Portugal award include Bruno Fernandes, Jonas, Nemanja Matic, Hulk and David Luiz.

Nunez is the first to win it for achievements as a Benfica player since Pizzi in 2016/17 as a result of recent Sporting CP dominance.

Countryman and former Premier League forward Diego Forlan has backed Nunez to be a

success at Liverpool because he already scores goals and will learn more technical and tactical aspects of the game from manager Jurgen Klopp.


“I believe that one of the things he can bring is, without a doubt, goals,l.”

“Then, as time goes on, he’ll keep growing on the technical aspect.

He will get to know his abilities better and he will develop them more and more too, while also gaining experience.

“He’s going to a team with an amazing manager that knows football very well…how to attack the space, how to use his players and how to get the best out of them.”

Top 10 Teams With The Most League Titles In Europe

Some of the teams in Europe have won their domestic league title numerous times.


Below are ten teams in Europe that have won the most league titles.


1. Linfield – 56 league titles

2. Rangers – 55 league titles


3. Celtic – 51 league titles


4. Olympiakos – 46 league titles


5. Benfica – 37 league titles


6. Sparta Prague – 36 league titles


6. Juventus – 36 league titles

Juventus thoroughly dominated the Italian Serie A at the beginning of the last decade but

their dominance has waned since the beginning of the current decade.

The Italian giants are yet to win the league title since their last triumph two seasons ago.

However, they still have 36 league titles to their names, making them the sixth most successful club in Europe based on domestic league titles won.


8. Real Madrid – 35 league titles

This season, Real Madrid won the Spanish La Liga title with four games remaining and this proved their dominance in the league this season.

However, their victory also took them into the top ten list of the clubs with the most league titles in Europe.

Their recent triumph was the 35th league title win in their history.


8. Ajax – 35 league titles

Ajax has dominated the Dutch Eredivisie for quite some time now and they have won the last two editions of the Dutch league.

The Erik ten Hag-led side is on the verge of winning another league title this season as they are four points ahead of PSV Eindhoven,

the team in second place, with just two league games remaining.

If they eventually win the league, they would be tied with Sparta Prague and Juventus on this list.


10. Anderlecht – 34 league titles

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Liverpool remain in the hunt for an historic quadruple after a thrilling draw with Benfica secured a two-legged Champions League semi-final against Villarreal.

Having established a 3-1 lead in Lisbon, Liverpool extended their advantage with

Ibrahima Konate’s powerful 21st-minute header from a Kostas Tsimikas corner.

Benfica equalised through Goncalo Ramos‘ excellent turn and finish,

before Roberto Firmino’s two second-half goals – a tap-in followed by a volley – in front of the Kop looked to have put the Reds in control.

But after Roman Yaremchuk broke through to beat Alisson and make it 3-2 on the night, Darwin Nunez scored a late equaliser.


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Nunez was then denied by Alisson as Benfica finished strongly but Liverpool held out to advance 6-4 on aggregate.

They now host Villarreal – the club they beat in the semi-finals of the Europa League in 2016 – on 27 April before travelling to Spain for the second leg on 4 May.

Villarreal secured their last-four spot by overcoming Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said:

“I’m really happy because being in a semi-final is so special.

“We expect a couple of really difficult games. It will be a tough cookie but we are a tough cookie, so who cares?

“Villarreal deserved to get through. I know Bayern Munich don’t want to hear that.”

The semi-final brings Liverpool face-to-face with Villarreal boss Unai Emery, who has won the Europa League four times.

Three of those triumphs came at Sevilla, including a victory over Klopp’s Liverpool in the 2016 final, and the other with his current club.

Klopp added:

“The manager is the king of the cup competitions, so they are experienced and a team full of desire and well organised with top-class players.”




Champions League Quarter-Final Predictions

Champions League has reached the quarter-final stage.

There are some monster clashes coming your way this week in Champions League, with Chelsea hosting Real Madrid and Atletico travelling to Manchester City in the pick of the action.


Benfica vs Liverpool

Despite gaining a reputation as European specialists in recent years,

Liverpool have not reached the semi-finals of the Champions League since their crowning glory in 2019.

Jurgen Klopp’s men have found their mojo again this season though, and will fancy their chances against a Benfica side who have looked less than impressive domestically.

However, Nelson Verissimo and his charges have already eliminated Barcelona and Ajax on their European journey this term – this won’t be a routine tie for Liverpool.

Prediction: 1-2


Manchester City vs Atletico Madrid

After eliminating Manchester United in the last 16, Atletico Madrid return to take on Pep Guardiola’s City.

Diego Simeone famously got the better of the Catalan coach in their last meeting in this competition, with Atletico knocking out Guardiola’s Bayern Munich in the semi-finals in 2016.

El Cholo’s boasts an impressive record against English sides too – Man Utd, Liverpool, Arsenal, Leicester and Chelsea have all been eliminated at the hands of Los Rojiblancos in recent years.

Nonetheless, City are Premier League leaders and Champions League frontrunners for a reason and you’d back them to take care of business at the Etihad Stadium.

Prediction: 3-1


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Chelsea vs Real Madrid

Chelsea are looking to bounce back from their 4-1 defeat at home to Brentford with a strong performance against Real Madrid at Stamford Bridge – unbelievably an accurate sentence.

Thomas Tuchel stressed that he isn’t panicking in wake of Saturday’s thrashing,

and they’ll be facing a side who have had their own confidence knocked recently too.

A 4-0 home defeat to Barcelona in El Clasico before the international break is still casting a dark cloud over Real Madrid,

who can at least boast Karim Benzema’s return for their trip to west London.

However, Chelsea’s record in big games – particularly in the Champions League – remains impressive and they walked all over Los Blancos in this fixture last season. Expect them to win, here.

Prediction: 2-0


Villarreal vs Bayern Munich

Europa League holders Villarreal have reached this stage of Europe’s premier club competition for just the third time in their history,

but a ruthless Bayern Munich stand between them and their second ever semi-finals appearance.

Last month’s elimination of Juventus has masked a rather poor run of results for the Yellow Submarine, who head into Wednesday’s game having lost three of their last five games.

Bayern, meanwhile, have all but wrapped up the Bundesliga title (shock) and can begin prioritising plans to win their seventh European Cup.

Julian Nagelsmann’s men have the ability to blow any team they face away with their barrage of attacking options, but will find space hard to come by in this tie.

Prediction: 0-2

Champions League Last 16 Predictions: Man Utd, Chelsea & Juventus In First Leg Action

The remaining four Champions League last 16 first leg ties take place this Tuesday and Wednesday, with Manchester United, Juventus and Chelsea among the sides looking to secure their place in the quarter-finals.

Manchester City, Liverpool and PSG were the big winners of last week’s four games, t

the latter having dramatically overcome Real Madrid at the Parc des Princes thanks to a wonderful late goal from Kylian Mbappe.

The standout tie of this week pits Atletico Madrid against Manchester United,

but there are plenty of other exciting matches to tuck into should you be looking for slightly different scenery.


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Chelsea vs Lille

A late Hakim Ziyech winner at Crystal Palace was exactly the momentum boost Thomas Tuchel would have been looking for ahead of Chelsea’s side’s last 16 clash with Lille.

The current holders of the Champions League have been stuttering of late despite victory over Palmeiras in the Club World Cup,

though they’re arguably in far better shape than Ligue 1 holders Lille, who are in the bottom half of the table after a questionable title defence.

Colliding at Stamford Bridge in the first leg, Chelsea should have enough about them to overcome a side who topped Group G despite scoring just seven goals in six games.

    • Prediction: (2-0)


Atletico Madrid vs Manchester United

Astonishingly, Atletico Madrid and Manchester United have only ever met twice in European competition,

in the now-defunct European Cup Winners’ Cup.

The two-legged affair, played in late 1991, resulted in a 4-1 aggregate victory for Atletico,

but the pair have been kept apart since despite being Champions League regulars in the subsequent years.

For Diego Simeone, it could be a last chance opportunity to win the big one with Atletico,

while the game also marks Ralf Rangnick’s first venture back to Europe’s top table for a decade,

with his last match ironically coming against Manchester United when he was Schalke boss.

A score draw is on the cards at the Wanda Metropolitano.

    • Prediction: 1-1


Villarreal vs Juventus

Juventus aren’t yet back to their free-flowing best under Max Allegri, but things are up looking up in Turin after a difficult first half of the season.

Allegri’s side are difficult to beat right now, getting them back in contention for a top-four finish in Serie A,

and they will be confident of coming out on top in their last 16 tie with Villarreal after winning Group H ahead of Chelsea.

Unai Emery’s side, current Europa League holders, are no pushovers though and will be fancy their chances of securing at least a draw in Spain.

    • Prediction 1-1


Benfica vs Ajax

It may not be the glamour tie of the last 16, but Benfica’s clash with Ajax could prove to be one of the most exciting games of the knockout stages.

The match is also another opportunity for Erik ten Hag to put himself in the managerial shop window,

for those who aren’t yet sure that his incredible Eredivisie record is worthy of a job at one of Europe’s heavy hitters.

Ajax have scored an incredible 108 goals in all competitions already this season,

Sebastien Haller bagging 28 of those and ten in the Champions League, and it’s difficult to look past them adding more here.

    • Prediction: 0-2



Arsenal manager, Mikel Arteta, has said this week’s Europa League second-leg clash against Benfica is a “final”.

Arteta was speaking to the media, after the Gunners suffered their 11th Premier League defeat of the season to Manchester City on Sunday.

Raheem Sterling scored the only goal in a 1-0 win for the league leaders at Emirates Stadium, extending their winning run in all competitions to 18 matches.

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It is a result which leaves Arteta’s men facing an uphill task in qualifying for next season’s Champions League, as they are 11 points off the top four.


Arteta said;

We have a final on Thursday because we want to continue in the competition [Europa League].”

“We have to sleep, eat and we won’t have time to train then we fly to Greece.”

The winners of the Europa League will secure automatic entry to the Champions League and Arteta has underlined the importance of that option with the tie finely poised at 1-1 after the first leg.

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The Europa League games of Arsenal and Benfica for both legs this month will be played at a neutral venue in Rome. Following the COVID-19 travel restrictions, according to The Evening Standard.

The Gunners were initially scheduled to travel to Lisbon on February 18 for the first leg, with Benfica arriving at the Emirates a week later on February 25.


However, government rules regarding travel between the UK and Portugal, means that can no longer happen.

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Arsenal and Benfica have now agreed to move both matches to a neutral venue free of travel restrictions.

Mikel Arteta’s men will now travel to Rome instead, with the second leg also expected to be played in the Italian capital, although talks are still ongoing.

The venue is likely to be the Stadio Olimpico, home to both Roma and Lazio, with an official announcement expected in the next 24 hours.