FC Porto and Benfica meet today their opponents in Europe
FC Porto will meet their opponents in the quarter-finals of the Champions League in the draw scheduled for 12:00 in Lisbon, while Benfica will know who they will find in the Europa League ‘quarters’.
In Nyon, Switzerland, the two Portuguese teams that remain in European competitions will know who to play against, avoiding the ‘sharks’ that remain in both competitions.
After eliminating Roma in the last 16, the ‘dragons’ are among the eight best teams in the biggest European club competition and therefore will face a top-level rival.
In theory, the Dutch side of Ajax, who have even eliminated three-time champions in the title, Real Madrid, will be the most accessible team, although they have already played this year with Benfica in the group stage, winning one and tying the other date.
On the other hand, the ‘eighth’ team includes six former champions, with only Manchester City of Bernardo Silva and Tottenham not having ‘Champions’ in the list.
Moreover, the national champions can find Manchester United, former Portico Diogo Dalot, FC Barcelona, Nelson Semedo, Juventus Cristiano Ronaldo or Liverpool, ‘porter’ of the portistas in the first round of 2017/18.
In the Europa League, UEFA’s secondary competition, the ‘incarnates’ may have opponents such as Naples or Chelsea, who are the biggest names in the eight berths in the quarter-finals and theoretically more complicated, with the English beating Lisbon in the final of the competition in 2013 (2-1).
After eliminating Dinamo Zagreb, Bruno Lage’s side may still face Arsenal, the sixth English club still in the competition in Europe (two in the Europa League and four in the Champions League), or Eintracht Frankfurt, who eliminated the Inter Milan and is the only German representative in Europe.
In the batch of possible opponents, note for clubs that may theoretically cause less difficulties, such as Valencia, of former ‘eagle’ Gonçalo Guedes, who ‘suffered’ to eliminate Krasnodar, or the ‘executioner’ of Sporting in the ’16 avos’, the Villarreal, or the Slavia of Prague, the ‘surprise’ of the cadre of accurate and theoretically more accessible opponent.
Still, the Czechs eliminated Sevilla, who triumphed three times in a row between 2013/14 and 2015/16, in a series that took off just in front of the ‘Eagles’, in a final won on the penalty shoot-out.