Champions League quarter-final first leg guide – BT TV

We are well and truly in the business end of the Champions League season with Europe’s elite eight bidding to reach the semi-finals of the top club competition.

LiverpoolMan City, Chelsea are all bidding to make the final four and we have some mouth-watering match-ups including a repeat of last season’s final between Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain.

As always, every game is exclusively live on BT Sport with two matches on Tuesday and two on Wednesday, as the quarter-final first legs get underway.

Read on, or jump to the game of your choice, for live stream information and a preview of each game.

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Tuesday

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Two true heavyweights of the continent go head-to-head as Real Madrid – the most successful team in European history – clash with six-times winners Liverpool for a place in the semi-finals.

Despite the illustrious history of both sides, it’s hardly been plain-sailing for either team this campaign. 

Liverpool’s Premier League title defence has fallen miserably flat though Europe has been the one saving grace for Jurgen Klopp, with the two last-16 clashes with RB Leipzig two of their best displays all campaign.

Madrid meanwhile find themselves slightly less of the pace in La Liga but were previously in real peril of crashing out of the Champions League at the group stage.

Zinedine Zidane’s men lost at home to Shakhtar Donetsk before finding themselves 2-0 down to Borussia Monchengladbach. It required two goals in the final six minutes to salvage a draw and Madrid went from strength-to-strength to secure passage into the knockouts.

Real have been indebted to the outstanding form of Karim Benzema this campaign. The Frenchman has five goals in this season’s competition and will surely fancy his chances against what will be a makeshift Liverpool defence at the Estadio Alfredi di Stefano.

Equally the news that inspirational captain Sergio Ramos will miss both legs of this tie could have huge ramifications for the Spanish giants’ ability to keep Liverpool at bay.

This is the first meeting between the two since the 2018 final in Kiev where Loris Karius’ disastrous performance gifted Real the title.

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Can Man City win the quadruple? That’s been the question on everyone’s lips given the imperious form displayed by Pep Guardiola’s men. 

City, comfortably clear at the summit of the Premier League, are in the FA Cup semi-finals, the Carabao Cup final and – most enticingly – the Champions League quarter-finals.

This competition has been the one that’s alluded Sheikh Mansour and City’s Guardiola thus far and whether they say it publicly or not, it’s the one they truly crave.

In each of Guardiola’s four seasons in Manchester, City have failed to advance past this stage of the competition. A last-16 exit to Monaco was followed up by quarter-final defeats to Liverpool, Tottenham and Lyon. 

For a team with the resources of City and with a manager as experienced in the competition as Guardiola, it’s a disappointing record. 

Standing in their way this year are Borussia Dortmund and, more specifically, Erling Braut Haaland. The Germans have been largely below-par domestically but emerged from a Champions League group featuring Lazio, Club Brugge and Zenit St Petersburg before overcoming Sevilla in a thrilling last-16 clash.

But there’s a feeling that with Haaland in their ranks, anything is possible. The son of the former City player Alf-Inge has been unstoppable since bursting onto the scene with 20, yes 20, goals in 14 Champions League matches.

And if reports are to be believed, Haaland could be playing against his future employers with the forward tipped to replace the departing Sergio Aguero at the Etihad.

Wednesday

Porto v Chelsea, 7pm (KO 8pm) on BT Sport 2 HD

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Chelsea’s revival under Thomas Tuchel shows no sign of slowing down and the German, who reached the final with Paris Saint-Germain last season, has turned the Blues’ season around in his short time at Stamford Bridge.

Having finished top of a group with Sevilla, Rennes and Krasnodar, Tuchel’s side made light work of the supposedly-daunting task of facing Atletico Madrid with a comfortably 3-0 aggregate win over Diego Simeone’s stubborn side. 

Their reward? A quarter-final draw against the weakest opponents on paper in the competition in Porto. Yet the Portuguese side, who won the competition in 2004, are capable of springing a serious surprise as demonstrated in the thrilling 4-4 away goals aggregate victory over Juventus. 

Sergio Conceicao’s side look set for their toughest test yet though against a Chelsea team brimming with confidence. 

The Blues have developed one of the meanest defences on the continent with just two goals conceded in eight Champions League matches so far.

Over to Mehdi Taremi and Moussa Marega to challenge that record as Porto look to overcome Chelsea in what is just their second meeting at the knockout stages of this competition – the Londoners winning the previous tie back in 2006/07.

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Eight months after meeting on the grandest stage of them all, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain renew rivalries at the quarter-final stage in what promises to be a blockbuster clash.

Despite PSG enjoying a number of good opportunities, Bayern edged the 2020 final thanks to Kingsley Coman’s goal – netting against his former employers. 

Now the Parisiens, who replaced Tuchel with Mauricio Pochettino this season, are out for revenge as they bid to make back-to-back semi-finals for the first time in their history.

PSG emerged top of a tough group featuring Manchester United and RB Leipzig, before dismantling an out-of-sorts Barcelona in the last-16 thanks to Kylian Mbappe’s four goals across the two legs.

This will most certainly be a tougher test though with defending champions Bayern outstanding as ever in this season’s Champions League.

Hansi Flicke’s men breezed through the group stages before thrashing Serie A side Lazio 6-1 in the round of 16 to book their place in the quarters.

Yet the Bavarians have been rocked by an injury to the world’s best No 9 – Robert Lewandowski, who will miss both legs of the quarter-final clash after injuring the ligaments in his right knee.

Even with a squad as talented as Bayern’s, replacing a man who has netted 42 goals  in all competitions already this campaign is a tough ask. 

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