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last eight Tommy Martin's Champions League preview ahead of Wednesday's quarter-finals


Tommy Martin host Virgin Media Sport's Champions League coverage

Tommy Martin host Virgin Media Sport's Champions League coverage

Tommy Martin host Virgin Media Sport's Champions League coverage

The Champions League is about to get interesting as the last eight teams battle it out for the biggest prize in European football and here, Virgin Media Sport host Tommy Martin gives us his exclusive verdict on the big games.


Porto v Chelsea – Live on Virgin Media Two

Football, bloody hell. A team that has kept twelve clean sheets in fourteen unbeaten games goes and concedes five at home to West Brom? We did not see that coming, Chelsea.

Another old saying: you’re only as good as your last game. Was that defeat a blip or does it expose a flakiness that Thomas Tuchel has yet to eliminate in his thus-far-impressive start as Chelsea manager?

One thing’s for sure, Porto have shown they are not a team to take on if you lack the stomach for battle. Chelsea collapsed on Saturday when Thiago Silva was sent off; Porto went down to ten men in Turin against the might of Juventus in the Round of 16 and dug in for a famous victory – after extra time as well.

Tuchel will be hoping the real version of his team is the one that looked so impressive in knocking out Atletico Madrid, who are also tough and spirited but have a lot more quality than Porto. Rediscovering that form and forgetting quickly about West Brom should see Chelsea through.

Bayern Munich v PSG – Live on Virgin Media Sport Extra 1

The type of Champions League tie that makes you drool in anticipation.

Last season’s final between these two clubs never quite caught fire as you might have expected given the attacking talent on show. PSG sat deep and looked to catch Bayern’s high defensive line on the break with the pace of Neymar and Kylian Mbappé – and it could have worked were it not for the brilliance of Manuel Neuer in goal.

You’d wonder will PSG’s regrets about that night fuel them in this tie. They are not having it all their own way domestically – Saturday’s defeat at home to Lille knocked them off top spot in Ligue 1. But for Neymar, Mbappé and coach Mauricio Pochettino (who has his own Champions League regrets from the 2019 final with Tottenham) Europe is by some distance this week’s priority.

Can they avenge that defeat in Lisbon last August? The absence of 42-goal striker Robert Lewandowski for both legs is a colossal blow for Bayern and the champions are not as defensively solid as they were last season. PSG could seize the moment this time.

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