One of the most awaited competitions for fans, players and clubs already has a date. After the break due to the new coronavirus pandemic, all competitions in most countries in Europe suspended activities, including the Uefa Champions League.
After the revival of football in the main leagues of the old continent, the international tournaments in force in this region also started, and the draw for the quarterfinals of the coveted Champions League was held in Nyon.
This being the case, the Champions League warms up engines, and with this, the Colombians are also preparing: James Rodríguez, David Ospina, Juan Guillermo Cuadrado will be with their clubs in the second leg in the second round, while Duván Zapata, Luis Fernando Muriel and Santiago Arias are waiting to meet their rival in the quarterfinals.
Round of 16
Manchester City – Real Madrid: The Merengue team are at a disadvantage after losing 2-1 to the Guardiola team in the first leg. Those led by Zidane will visit Etihad on Friday August 7 and hope to turn the score around. James Rodríguez is part of the white team’s payroll, but his continuity with the team is an uncertainty, the French coach does not take it into account and surely the situation will not change for the Colombian.
Juventus – Olympique Lyon: Unlike the situation James is experiencing in Madrid, Juan Guillermo Cuadrado is a key player in the way Maurizio Sarri deals with Juventus. The now-right back has been playing and being a figure with Vecchia Signora, so it is expected that the 32-year-old will continue to keep up until August 7 when he hosts the French team at home, who has the advantage in the key with a 1-0 in favor.
Barcelona – Naples: Another Colombian who has been the protagonist in Europe is David Ospina. The Antioquia goalkeeper has taken over the Neapolitan goal for several weeks, and his performance in recent games attest that Gennaro Gattuso was not wrong in choosing him. On August 8 the team from southern Italy will visit the Camp Nou, and Ospina will surely defend their goal, just as they did in the first leg that ended tied 1-1.
Bayern Munich – Chelsea: The winner of this duel, which the Bavarian team has the 3-0 advantage, will face the winner of the match between Barcelona and Napoli in the quarterfinals
Atalanta – PSG: On Wednesday, August 12, Duván Zapata and Luis Fernando Muriel will try to make history when they face PSG in the quarterfinals. The duel is one of the most attractive keys since the Italian team has been performing in an extraordinary way at the local level, and with Zapata and Muriel as their scorers and benchmarks in the attack, they will seek glory to leave one of the candidates to take the ‘orejona’ home.
Leipzig – Atlético de Madrid: The mattress team, in which Santiago Arias adds more and more minutes, will face Leipzig on August 13, whose maximum reference Timo Werner, will not be in the competition since he was transferred to Chelsea in England. The possibility for the Colombian winger to play this match will depend on his performance in the last days of La Liga, so that in this way he can keep the position he currently shares with Kieran Trippier.
The other keys to the quarterfinals will be the winners of the crossings between Barcelona-Napoli / Bayern Munich-Chelsea and Manchester City-Real Madrid / Juventus-Lyon.