After a long break the, UEFA Champions League (UCL) is back. All the top teams from the different leagues in Europe compete against each other to win the title. The Champions League is the biggest European title a team could win and hence, the competition is very tough as all the teams work and train very hard to win. The current champion of the cup is Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool FC. Last season Liverpool defeated Tottenham Hotspur in the finals to be titled as the champions. The club with the most UCL titles is Real Madrid holding 13 league titles. Although this season things are a little different as Liverpool and Real Madrid both got knocked out in the round of 16 by Atletico Madrid and Manchester City respectively.
The next stage is the quarterfinals. The eight teams that made it to the quarter-finals this season are Paris Saint Germain, Atalanta, RB Leipzig, Atletico Madrid, Manchester City, FC Barcelona, Olympique Lyon, and Bayern Munich. This season, the chances of PSG, the Ligue 1 giants are looking very good as they are in their best form. Last time PSG qualified for the quarterfinals is the 2015-16 season where they were knocked out by Manchester City. PSG signed Barcelona forward Neymar Jr. in August 2017 for a record-breaking 222 million euros. Neymar got along quite well with PSG and started winning many matches in Ligue 1 but ended up getting injured before almost every important match in the UCL.
After the previous season, Neymar Jr. wanted to leave PSG and go back to Barcelona. Barcelona tried its best to sign Neymar. But, PSG was not willing to give him away and was asking for an absurd amount for him which Barcelona could not afford. Neymar also made some comments about PSG during this time. Those comments upset the PSG fans very much and they started hating on him. Neymar received a lot of hate at the start of this season but, his performance eventually ended up winning everyone’s heart once again. Right now, Neymar is very happy to be a part of PSG and also expects to win the Champions League.
UCL Update – Who will be in the squad for PSG against Atlanta?
PSG’s will be up against Atlanta in the quarter-finals. Atalanta is also a great team and plays very aggressively to keep the pressure on their opponents. PSG is in a great form but recently Mbappe got injured with a sprain on his right ankle in the Coupe de France finals against Saint Etienne. Recently, Marco Verratti also got injured during the training session. Consequently, he will not be able to play in the quarter-finals against Atalanta. Even Angel Di Maria is suspended. Nevertheless, PSG does have an advantage that Josip Ilicic will not be playing for Atlanta due to some personal reasons.
Even though PSG does have many more talents in their team, all the eyes are set on Neymar as he is known to be the game-changer for PSG. His dribbling skills can come in very handy against Atalanta, as they are known for their aggressive game style. PSG fans are hoping that the Brazilian superstar will give his best on the field. They are confiding in him to help PSG win the Champions League trophy. Neymar is considered to be one of the best players in the world. Winning the Champions League this year may also have fulfilled his dream of winning the Ballon d’Or. But, France Football canceled it this year. We will keep you updated on this. Until then, stay tuned.