Halfway there: Four teams confirmed for UEFA Champions League quarterfinals


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Sebastian Rodriguez

The 2022-2023 UEFA Champions League quarterfinals are starting to take shape with four teams securing their place in the next stage of the tournament. FC Bayern Munich from Germany, SL Benfica from Portugal, Chelsea FC from England and AC Milan from Italy have all emerged victorious in their round of 16 matchups to progress to the quarterfinals.

AC Milan faced quite the challenge against Chelsea FC in the group stage but managed to secure second place and advance into the round of 16. They capitalized on the support of their home crowd to win the first leg against Tottenham Hotspur FC before displaying their defensive prowess in the return leg of North London to clinch their spot in the quarterfinals.

The Italian team’s resilience and determination have been impressive, and their fans are definitely looking forward to seeing what they can accomplish in the upcoming matches.

Despite its disappointing result in the first leg of its match against German club Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea FC has been thriving in the Champions League. The team’s impressive comeback in the second leg against Dortmund, a club which entered the match with a lengthy winning streak, demonstrated their incredible resilience and championship mettle. Their fans are eagerly anticipating what they will accomplish next.

For a team that started in the third qualifying round of the competition, SL Benfica has proven to be a formidable club in the Champions League. The team didn’t shy away from taking on Paris Saint-Germain FC and Juventus FC in the group stage, holding the French twice, winning two matches against the Italians and defeating Israeli club Maccabi Haifa FC twice to take the top spot in their group.

Although Belgian team Club Brugge KV was a surprise contender in their group, they were no match for Benfica in the round of 16. Benfica have displayed their skills and determination throughout the tournament and are confident that they can compete with any team in the quarterfinals.

FC Bayern Munich has remained dominant within the competition, evidenced by their winning streak starting from the group stage to their recent victory over PSG in the round of 16. As a result, the club’s current standing brings back memories of their championship-winning performance in the 2019-2020 season.

Despite their strides, the club is fully aware that they need to stay grounded and humble and not underestimate their opponents, so as to avoid the complacency that led to their defeat last season.

There are still four matches left to determine the final teams to reach the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal draw. The clubs still in contention as of March 16 are FC Porto from Portugal, Real Madrid CF from Spain, Inter Milan and SSC Napoli from Italy, Manchester City and Liverpool FC from England and RP Leipzig and Eintracht Frankfurt from Germany.