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Predicting the semi-finalists of the 2023/24 UCL

Predicting the semi-finalists of the 2023/24 UCL

UEFA is preparing for a historic Champions League final at Wembley but first, eight clubs will have to battle to reach the semi-finals.

Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Atletico de Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Manchester City, Arsenal and Bayern Munich are gearing up to put up a show and entertain fans in the quarter-finals.

The bookmakers are also up and running with odds and permutations for betting fans. Fan forums are alive with discussions on which team survives to make it to the next round.

In light of this, here are our predictions for the upcoming 2023/24 UCL quarter-final fixtures.

Barcelona vs PSG

Fans can get PSG vs Barcelona tickets for the 10 April fixture and Barcelona vs PSG tickets for the 16 April fixture on seatsnet.com. The Seatsnet platform has verified tickets from fans and organizations willing to resell their tickets for various reasons.

The first leg comes up almost immediately after the March international break, which means that both clubs are already in the final stages of their tactical preparations.

What to expect

Xavi Hernandez is coming up against his former manager Luis Enrique. Both men know each other well, having played with each other and also worked together as managers and players. They even won Barcelona’s last UCL together.

For this reason, their tactics will mirror each other.

Timed runs, plays from deep to open both defences to release Robert Lewandowski and Kylian Mbappe, and counterattacks focusing on one-touch passing instead of speed will be on display.

Verdict: Barcelona to qualify

As Xavi said after the draws were made, the Catalan giants have history and experience on their side in the tie. The head-to-head between both teams shows that they are equally yoked but since the turn of 2024, Barcelona are enjoying a renaissance that is similar to Xavi’s first full season. It will be hard to stop the Catalan giants in this form, regardless of the efforts of Enrique. Barcelona will get the semi-final ticket in this tie.

Manchester City vs Real Madrid

Real Madrid vs Manchester City tickets for the first leg of the quarter-finals clash on 9 April 2024 are available on seatsnet.com.

Fans can also purchase Manchester City vs Real Madrid tickets for the second leg on 17 April 2024 on seatsnet.com.

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What to expect

Real Madrid is the team with the history in the competition and the team with the most titles overall. However, City is one of the teams they have not been able to get past without hassles.

Carlo Ancelotti will plan around the speed and power of his team. Guardiola could abandon his preferred possession tactics for pragmatic tactics to overcome Ancelotti.

The result will be a fast-paced game similar to games in the Premier League.

Verdict: Manchester City to qualify

Since their first meeting in the knockout rounds of the competition in the 2015/16 season, both teams have always won when the second leg is played in their home stadium. No evidence suggests that a different outcome will occur come 17 April 2024. This simply means that Manchester City, who host the second leg, will qualify. Another reason is that City are a more balanced team than Madrid, with a squad that has spent more time together.

Bayern Munich vs Arsenal

Tickets to this game have sold out on both clubs’ websites. Bayern fans, especially, are at a disadvantage because of their imposed disciplinary ban for the quarter-final first leg.

Fans who had no opportunity to get Arsenal vs Bayern Munich tickets for 9 April 2024 and Bayern Munich vs Arsenal tickets for 17 April via the clubs’ websites can visit seatsnet.com to buy from verified and trusted ticket resellers.

What to expect

Harry Kane has 14 goals in 19 matches playing for Tottenham Hotspur against Arsenal. That is all that many fans need to know.

Bayern Munich have also demolished Arsenal often, with their last meeting in the 2016/17 season ending 10 - 2 on aggregate.

One reason why this match will be worth watching is that fans want to see if Kane can continue his streak against Arsenal, who are his favourite opponents to score against.

Verdict: Bayern Munich to qualify

Thomas Tuchel is desperate to go out on top after agreeing with Bayern Munich to leave his role at the end of the season.

What happened at Lazio in the round of 16 will probably happen again because Arsenal are strong at the Emirates. However, the tie will be determined at the Allianz Arena, by which time top scorer Harry Kane, who is dealing with a small injury, should be fully fit.

Bayern goes through from this tie.

Atletico de Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund

Atletico Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund tickets for 10 April 2024 and Borussia Dortmund vs Atletico Madrid tickets for 16 April 2024 are on sale. The tickets have sold out on both clubs' websites, leaving trusted ticket reselling platforms like seatsnets.com as the best bet for tickets.

Fans can also use the Setsnet platform to select their preferred seating for the game to enhance their experience during the quarter-final match.

What to expect

Atletico de Madrid defeated Internazionale Milano with a simple but effective tactic: attacking and defending in numbers.

Diego Simeone has played this style of football at Atleti for almost 15 years and has made two Champions League finals with it.

Dortmund will be forced to defend counters, which will happen often in the game. Meanwhile, Jan Oblak will be put to the test quite often as Die Schwarzegelben will find spaces to do damage in the final third.

Verdict: Atletico de Madrid to qualify

This style of football is going to be tough for Die Schwarzegelben to deal with which means the semi-final ticket is Atleti’s to lose. Just as they did against Inter, they will force Dortmund to play a lot of aimless passes which will play into their hands for a counter that leads to goals. Simeone knows fans are very confident about this one. It will be a low-scoring match but the Spaniards will go through.




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