Champions League

Champions League Q/F 1st Leg: Things to Look Forward as Bayern Munich Face PSG & Chelsea Play Porto

Arjun Singh Devgan
Apr 7, 2021, 12:05 PM GMT+5:30
Bayern Munich face PSG in a rematch of last year's Champions League final
Bayern Munich face PSG in a rematch of last year's Champions League final | Visionhaus/Getty Images
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The quarter-final stage of the 2020/21 edition of the Champions League is upon us, with the first leg of the fixtures taking place on 7 April, as Bayern Munich face Paris Saint-Germain and Porto play Chelsea on the night.

The Champions League is without doubt the most prestigious club competition in the world and here, we take a look at the five things to look out for on the night.

1. Can Bayern show they are the same force without Lewandowski?

Robert Lewandowski
Hungary v Poland - FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar Qualifier | PressFocus/MB Media/Getty Images

A rematch of last years Champions League final, Bayern Munich come into this game on an 19-match unbeaten run in the competition and the definite favourites to lift the trophy for the second season in a row.

The Bavarians will however be without their talisman and top goalscorer, Robert Lewandowski, who is missing due to injury. It will be interesting to see who takes up the slack of scoring the goals in the absence of a player who has been the best striker in the world for more than a couple of years now.

2. Neymar needs to step up on the big occasion

Neymar Jr
Paris Saint-Germain v Lille OSC - Ligue 1 | Xavier Laine/Getty Images

Neymar returned to action for PSG in Ligue 1 recently and was way below his best during their 1-0 loss to Lille - while also picking up a red card on the night. For all his talent and tricks, the Brazilian has often been accused of not turning up in the big games and this will be his opportunity to silence those critics, especially after his poor performance in the final last time around.

3. Can Porto step up and surprise their opponents?

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FBL-EUR-C1-PORTO-TRAINING | MIGUEL RIOPA/Getty Images

Porto who are heavyweights in Portugal are the dark horses of the tournament, with not many expecting them to make a big dent in the competition. What makes their task harder on the night is that they will be without their two top goalscorers, Sergio Oliveira and Mehdi Taremi - who are currently suspended for the tie.

Sergio Conceicao has admitted that Chelsea's 5-2 loss to West Bromwich Albion over the weekend would only make their opponents "more awake to danger", and that his side will need to fight it out in order to gain an advantage going into the second leg.

4. Chelsea need to bounce back from surprise PL loss

Mateo Kovacic
Chelsea v West Bromwich Albion - Premier League | Clive Rose/Getty Images

Thomas Tuchel endured his worst game as manager of Chelsea over the weekend as his side put on an abject performance in their 5-2 loss to West Bromwich Albion. The German will have his full-strength side available for the game, with the focus on whether his misfiring strikers can fire and lead them to the semi-final stage.

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