Champions League Quarter Finals draw, six Argentine players remain

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Six Argentine players remain in the Champions League as the draw for the quarter finals took place.

We are down to the final eight teams in Europes grandest club competition and in those eight teams we have six Argentine players and one coach left. Sergio Aguero and Manchester City will want to make the semi finals as they get closer to a first ever Champions League final birth. Aguero host Borussia Dortmund in their first match on April 6 in Manchester.

A repeat of last year’s final is in the books as current Champions League holders Bayern host PSG in the first leg. One main difference for PSG this season is that they have Mauricio Pochettino at the helm to go with their three Argentine representatives. Angel Di Maria, who is the only Argentine remaining in the competition to have ever won the Champions League, along with Leandro Paredes and Mauro Icardi will look to get revenge for last year’s final. That first match is on April 7 in Germany.

In a battle of the two goalkeepers, it’s FC Porto’s starting goalkeeper Agustin Marchesin against Chelsea. Marchesin was one of the hero’s for Porto when they eliminated Juventus in the last round. While veteran goalkeeper Willy Caballero will not be starting for Chelsea, he will no doubt be supporting his team as they look for their second Champions League trophy in the last 10 years. That one will also be played on the same day as Bayern and PSG.

The third Champions League match involves Real Madrid and Liverpool, both without any Argentine players.

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  1. De Paul with a woodwork, most key passes 5, most dribbles 4, most tackles 5 in Udinese-Lazio, and highest rating despite his team lost 0:1. He would be perfect fit in Liverpool…Thiago—Fabinho/Henderson—De Paul. Wijnaldum will go. Klopp wants him very bad.

  2. Emi Martinez is the 10th most valuable goalkeeper in the world at the moment, according to Transfermarkt statistics.
    Market value €25m, up from €2.8m last April

    Juan Musso is 15th on the list. MV €20m, up from €12m last April
    Marchesin €9m
    Andrada €8m
    Armani €6m

  3. Amit, you asked the other day how Lo Celso did. I did not watch the whole game nor all of Lo Celso’s minutes but I did watch most of the extra time and considering he has just come back from a long injury he played very well. 87% accurate passes, 3 key passes, 6 out of 10 ground duels won and 2 out of 4 aerial duels won. Being the end of the match and needing goals, many Tottenham players were waiting for passes on Zagreb’s defensive line and Lo Celso was sitting farther back and passing the ball quickly and accurately forward, he would have had maybe 2 assists/pre assists at best if his teammates finished their chances and if Likakovic didn’t suddenly decide that he was a world class keeper. I only expect him to get better over the next month and I really hope he stays fit for the rest of the season.

    • Thank you Olive. Great to hear he has restarted well. Hoping he stays out of injury any further. He & nico g staying fit is so essential for NT’ success in copa & wcq

    • PSG were better in UCL final, they have better attackers Neymar, Mbappe, Di Maria and even Icardi who can hurt Bayern weak defense, in Bayern only Lewandowski is real world class player, the others only great system players, but cant create from nothing, only in a good working well-oiled system. Mbappe, Neymar, Di Maria can create from nothing with their immense talents.

  4. Nico Gonzalez played the second half at Stuttgard’s loss to Bayern Munich 4-0 today. No need to remind to all of you that according to Sevilla and Stuttgatd, both Ocampos and Gonzalez were ruled out for March qualifiers and as i expected, somehow, both of them were ready enough to play for their respective clubs prior to the date we were supposed to play Uruguay.

    This is what i was talking about many times in the past, it is not the first time that clubs are getting advantage of their players’ injuries and are using severity of injuries in order to keep our players away from the nt. Once again AFA fell short to handle this issue propperly.

    Anyway, Chimy on the bench is fantastic news Csabalala and thanks for that amigo. A fantastic player with tremendous talent and a true fighter, at least for my sight of view.

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