Champions League

Champions League Q/F 1st Leg: Things to Look Forward as Real Madrid Face Liverpool & Man City Play Dortmund

Arjun Singh Devgan

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 6 April, as Real Madrid face Liverpool and Manchester City play Borussia Dortmund 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. Will Madrid miss Sergio Ramos in defence?

Sergio Ramos
Real Madrid v SD Eibar - La Liga Santander / Angel Martinez/Getty Images

Zinedine Zidane will be without his key defender and skipper, Sergio Ramos - who is out with injury and the Los Blancos have been eliminated on the last two occasions in the competition when he has been missing. Despite being 35-years-old, the Spaniard is the rock at the back of their defence and how Raphael Varane and co cope in his absence will determine the fate of the tie.

2. Can Liverpool put their troubles behind them?

Diogo Jota, Mohamed Salah, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Thiago Alcantara, Sadio Mane
Arsenal v Liverpool - Premier League / Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Liverpool come into this game on the back of an impressive 3-0 win against Arsenal over the weekend, but it has been a season to forget for the Reds as they have struggled by their high standards. Jurgen Klopp has claimed that revenge is not on their mind, but with the likes of Virgil van Dijk missing - he will need his second choice defenders stand up on the night.

It will be up to their front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino to fire on the night and Fabinho will be expected to make up for the absence of inspirational skipper, Jordan Henderson in midfield.

3. Time for Man City to show why they are the favourites for the title

Kevin De Bruyne
Manchester City v Borussia Moenchengladbach - UEFA Champions League Round Of 16 Leg Two / Miklos Szabo/Getty Images

Manchester City come into this game in brilliant form, with Pep Guardiola's side in prime condition as seen by their performances this season. The Spaniard's side are touted as favourites to win the title and with everyone available, they are definite contenders.

City however have lost four of their five matches at the quarter-final stage in the competition under Guardiola, with the club going out at this stage in each of the last three seasons.

4. Spotlight will be on Erling Haaland

Erling Haaland
1. FC Koeln v Borussia Dortmund - Bundesliga / Lars Baron/Getty Images

Erling Haaland has emerged as the hottest property in world football, with his performances attracting interest from a number of top European clubs. The youngster is the top goalscorer in the competition this season with 10 goals and he would want to step up and show one of his suitors in City, just what he is all about on the pitch.