Champions League 2014: Quarter-Final Head-to-Head Records, Key Stats and Preview

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Champions League 2014: Quarter-Final Head-to-Head Records, Key Stats and Preview
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The draw has been made for the 2014 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, and there isn't one tie to take your eye off over the first weeks of April.

The Spanish La Liga still has three teams remaining in the competition, but at least one of those will not be advancing to the next round as Barcelona and Atletico Madrid square off in an all-Spanish matchup.

Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund will replay one of last year's semifinals, while Manchester United will hope to rekindle some 1999 magic when they take on Bayern Munich. The final tie will be between big-money clubs Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea.

The first leg of each tie will be played on either Tuesday, April 1, or Wednesday, April 2, with the return games scheduled one week later.

All stats used are courtesy of WhoScored.com, unless stated otherwise

 

Barcelona vs. Atletico Madrid

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These two teams have never met before in the Champions League but have already played each other three times this season, including two bouts in the Copa del Rey. And if those results are any indication, this tie will be an absolute nail-biter.

In three games, neither team was able to gain the upper hand as all three ended in draws. With two Champions League encounters and a final showdown on the last day of the 2013-14 La Liga season still to come, both teams will be sick of the sight of each other come the end of the campaign.

According to Footballzz.co.uk, Barcelona lead the all-time series with 93 wins in 211 official meetings, with Atletico taking 69 matches and 49 games ending in a draw.

The first leg will be something of a special night for the Blaugrana, as shared by Infostrada Sports:

Both teams have scored a total of 20 goals in this year's competition and boast forwards capable of scoring every time they touch the ball in Lionel Messi and Diego Costa, respectively.

Despite such offensive wealth, neither team has been able to score more than once in the three ties we have seen this season, and defensive discipline could be the key to this tie.

 

Real Madrid vs. Borussia Dortmund

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According to Wildstat.com, these clubs have met eight times in the past, with Real holding a slight edge over Dortmund in wins (3-2) and three matches ending in a draw.

Of course, everyone remembers last year's epic semi-final, with the German side emerging victorious 4-3 on aggregate. Fans will be hoping for a similar performance this season, but while consecutive quarter-final appearances is an impressive feat, this year's squad has looked far less menacing than the upstart group that made it all the way to the final last year.

Injuries have taken their toll on the German team, and while Real are always contenders for the UCL title, this year's team has looked virtually unstoppable at times. Led by arguably the most in-form player in all of football in Cristiano Ronaldo, the Spanish league leaders are oozing with offensive potential and almost seem to score at will.

BeIN Sports' Tancredi Palmeri seems to agree Dortmund's injuries might be too much to overcome:

But counting out any team coached by Jurgen Klopp and spearheaded by the departing Robert Lewandowski (suspended for the first leg) would be foolish, and after last year's semifinal, Real will not be underestimating the German side.

 

PSG vs. Chelsea

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Stats.football.co.uk tells us these two teams played out one double-header before, with the Blues recording a win in Paris and the second match in London ending in a draw.

Both teams have come a long way since then, with new ownerships investing heavily in an attempt to create two of the best teams in the world. And given their respective paths to the stage of the competition and the fact either are still standing, it's safe to say those attempts were successful.

PSG are yet to be truly tested in this year's campaign, but Chelsea have the better European pedigree and lifted the Champions League trophy two season ago.

Goal's Robin Bairner believes in PSG's chances:

 

Containing PSG's explosive midfield will be key for Chelsea, as the team is virtually unstoppable if Zlatan Ibrahimovic is provided with a steady amount of touches. The Blues will be looking at Eden Hazard to act as the creative catalyst and should be able to use PSG's ball-heavy approach against them with a lethal counter-attack.

 

Manchester United vs. Bayern

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Twitter is already blowing up with David Moyes-based jokes as a struggling United team will be taking on the defending champions. TalkSPORT had one of our favourites:

 

But at this stage of the competition, there are no easy ties left, with each team having battled for the right to play in the quarter-finals.

According to Footballzz, the Bavarians hold a slight edge historically, with three wins and four draws in nine total meetings.

Bayern are enjoying another dominant season, running away with the Bundesliga title and in the middle of the race for a second consecutive Champions League title.

United, on the other hand, have underwhelmed domestically and must now hope for a better result in Europe if Moyes and his squad hope to return to the competition next year.

Fans of the Red Devils are still hopeful the team will sign Bayern's Toni Kroos during the summer transfer window (as reported by Metro's Jamie Sanderson), and Sport Humour felt like this tie might prove to be the next best thing:

 

Kroos is hardly the only player worth watching in this tie, as several of Bayern's stars could very well be plying their trade in the Premier League next year, with Mario Mandzukic perhaps the most likely to make the move across the Channel, according to The Express' David Wright.

United will be hoping for more magic from Robin van Persie, whose three goals against Olympiakos brought the team this far.

 


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