Friday , 23 February 2024

Two UEFA Champions League quarterfinals will be played in Germany and Portugal today

Shupo-Moting instead of Lewandowski

The day’s main match is evident because we are waiting for a remake of last year’s Champions League final in Munich. Then PSG was a step away from a dream but missed the decisive goal from their academy Coman’s pupil. At that moment, I remember the long lists of those who could not or did not want to keep the Paris club, which prefers to spend tens and hundreds of millions of euros on ready-made stars.

The last off-season turned into the loss of the gifted all-rounder Kouassi, who felt that he had more prospects in Munich than in the French capital. Expectations have not yet been met, and the 18-year-old is now nursing his third complex injury of the season, but the link between the two clubs will be present without the French defector.

All thanks to the almost guaranteed entry to the field of the 32-year-old Shupo-Moting. The Hamburg native, who went from youth to youth team in Germany, but thanks to his father’s nationality, chose Cameroon, never missed the stars from the sky. However, at the end of his career, fate gave him a unique opportunity to play in a famous football players’ environment.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting - FC Bayern Munich

Hansi Flick has no other alternatives to Lewandowski, who is out for a month, and now Bayern will try to prove that they can win big matches without their central star.

PSG, however, have their problems. Mauricio Pochettino cannot count on the disqualified Paredes, who contracted the Florenzi coronavirus and contacted his compatriot Verratti. There are doubts about several other players.

“Dragons” without leaders

On paper, Porto and Chelsea are the most predictable pair. At least, it seemed so after the first round of the playoffs, but last weekend broke Thomas Tuchel’s 14-match unbeaten streak, a record for the Blue’s debutant coaches. Everything was fine, but then there was a home 2–5 with the Premier League West Brom outsider, and it is still difficult to understand how to react to this. Even with the correction for the early removal of Tiago Silva, which dramatically changed the game’s course.

Christian Pulisic - Tammy Abraham

Especially at one of the last training sessions, there was a conflict between Kepa and Ruediger. They had to be separated by teammates, and the German was even kicked out of the class. But maybe such indifference is the proper reaction? Also, the matter is settled, and Ruediger apologized to the Spanish goalkeeper. However, the British press continues to add fuel to the fire, again raising the topic of Tuchel’s complex relationship with Abraham. However, before Chelsea gave the result without the help of the disgraced striker. And the Blues have no other problems — except injuries to Pulisic and Kante.

The same cannot be said for Porto, who made a strong impression with their tactical skills against Juventus. The Dragons are a system team, and their strengths will be under attack this time. First, the team leader Sergio Oliveira will not be in the centre of the field because of the yellow cards. Secondly, the Iranian sniper Taremi, who scored two goals for the “Old Signora”, was disqualified for sending off in the second leg against Torino. I wonder what Porto coach Sergio Conceicao will come up with this time?

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