Barça and Atlético de Madrid will play their pass to the semifinals of the Champions League in which a priori is presented as the most equalized quarterfinal. The hype matched the two representatives of the Iberdrola League, so Spanish women's football ensures they have a representative in the pre-final round for the second consecutive year. The Catalans will have the field factor in their favor, since the second leg will be played at the Estadi Johan Cruyff on April 1 or 2, while the first leg will be played in the field of the mattresses on March 24 or 25.
Lluís Cortés, coach of FC Barcelona, remains important to the result of the last confrontation between both teams played at Johan Cruyff on September 21 corresponding to the third day of the Iberdrola League. On that occasion, the premises were imposed by a forceful 6-1. Cortes acknowledges that "it is true that the result was very favorable for us, but it was under very specific conditions." The Catalan coach explained that "they are matches in which one team is very good and the other not so much, but Atlético has shown in the Champions League that it can compete very well."
Regarding the result of the draw, Cortés said that "Atlético de Madrid is the one we knew the most, which we are most used to playing." The technician considers that "it will be a very disputed tie." With regard to the theoretical advantage of playing the return home, Cortés said that "it is positive if we leave Madrid with a result with which we play the pass in Barcelona, since surely our hobby will help us."
It is true that at Atlético de Madrid there have been important changes since the win in the Johan Cruyff. From the outset, José Luis Sánchez Vera left the bench and now Pablo López is the maximum technical manager of the winners of the last three editions of the Iberdrola League. With the arrival of the new coach, the team has shown more solid defense. In addition, Madrid have had to face a real barrage of injuries and have successfully passed the test. They eliminated Manchester City in the knockout stages of the Champions League and in the League they have not given up any points since their defeat in Barcelona.
Luck for the favorites
Wolfsburg and Olimpique de Lyon are avoided
The rest of the quarter-final matches of the Champios are the following: Olympique de Lyon-Bayern de Munich; Arsenal-PSG and Glasgow-Wolfsburg. The two great favorites to win the title, Olympique de Lyon and Wolfsburg, will not see their faces in this round. On paper, they should not have problems with the rivals that have touched them in luck. Bayern was semifinalist in the last edition and was out of the final by FC Barcelona. For its part, Glasgow City equals its best result in this competition by playing the quarterfinals.
The confrontation between Arsenal and PSG is, together with that of the two representatives of the Iberdrola League, the most uncertain prognosis. The French start with an advantage, but Arsenal is one of the teams with the most tradition of an emerging championship and should not be ruled out.