Champions League: Graeme Souness names three clubs that may qualify for semi-finals

  Former Liverpool midfielder, Graeme Souness, has named three clubs that will qualify for the Champions League semi-final. Real Madrid will...

 

Former Liverpool midfielder, Graeme Souness, has named three clubs that will qualify for the Champions League semi-final.

Real Madrid will host Liverpool on Tuesday night in the Champions League quarter-final first-leg tie in Spain, while Manchester City will tackle Borussia Dortmund.

Reigning champions, Bayern Munich will face Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday, while Chelsea will clash with FC Porto.

But Souness believes Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea will eventually progress to the last-4 later this month.

“As it stands, I see all three English clubs [Liverpool, Man City and Chelsea] in the semi-finals, which would mean at least one finalist,” Souness told The Times.

“If Erling Haaland has a good night, Borussia Dortmund could turf anyone out of this season’s Champions League. Otherwise, you would take City all day long to progress to the semi-finals at their expense.

“We all know Liverpool have been disappointing this season, but they can get themselves up for a game like this week’s against Real Madrid and even allowing for injuries, like Virgil van Dijk’s, they still have the edge.

“There are a lot of tired legs in Real’s team now. They are sitting third in Spain, and I am suspicious of how good La Liga is this season.

“We have seen a disappointing Atl├ętico Madrid that Chelsea rolled over quite easily and Barcelona were well beaten by PSG, so I fancy my old team there.

“Chelsea have had their tails up since Thomas Tuchel took charge, and I expect them to continue that against Porto.

“They are defending well and dominating possession; my only doubt is that they are still missing a 25-goals-a-season striker, which is why they will be another club seriously interested in Haaland.

“Timo Werner is getting lots of gilt-edged chances but has not turned the corner to being someone who puts them away and at the highest level, you have to do that.

“Lewandowski’s knee injury, which is expected to keep him out for around a month, makes Bayern v PSG the toughest quarter-final to call.”

“With Lewandowski fit, Bayern would have the edge, but without him, I’m not so sure.

“Take his goals out and replace him with a lesser striker, and do they win the Bundesliga every year or the Champions League last year? One injury has levelled this tie-up, and it could go either way.”

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