Champions League predictions: Manchester City to crash out while Real Madrid produce stirring comeback

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The Champions League semi-finalists of 2016 will be confirmed this week, as the remaining eight sides play out the second leg of their respective quarter-final ties.

The draw for the semi-finals will be made in Nyon on Friday, check out our predictions below to find out who we believe will be involved.

Manchester City 1-2 PSG (2-2 agg)

As reported by Sky Sports, City were dealt a blow on Monday with the news that captain Vincent Kompany would miss the clash with the French champions.

It is difficult to see the hosts keeping a clean sheet as PSG possess more than enough firepower to wipe out their two away goals. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is desperate to add a Champions League winners medal to his collection, and the Swede will play a pivotal role in his side’s win on Tuesday night.

Real Madrid 4-0 Wolfsburg (0-2 agg)

The Spanish giants have it all to do in the second leg after falling to a 2-0 defeat to their German rivals in the first leg, and Wolfsburg certainly deserve plenty of credit and will be difficult to break down again.

In addition, the pressure will certainly be on Los Blancos to produce a performance in front of their home fans. It will take an early goal from the home side to open the floodgates though with a couple of late goals making the tie safe as Zinedine Zidane’s men march on.

Benfica 0-2 Bayern Munich (0-1 agg)

Bayern ground out a win in the first leg, and there is no denying that Pep Guardiola’s side looked far from their best to continue their struggles in Europe after needing extra-time to see off Juventus in the last round.

It will likely be a similar story in Portugal, as the visitors will dominate possession and look to dictate the tempo of the game to see off their opponents. Expect Benfica to threaten at times, but it will be the German champions who advance.

Atletico Madrid 1-1 Barcelona (1-2)

Atleti will always cause their compatriots problems with their relentless defensive focus and intensity, and that was evident in the first leg before Fernando Torres was sent off.

Diego Simeone will therefore be forced into changes, but they will make this very difficult for the Catalan giants at a noisy Calderon stadium. However, Barcelona’s class will shine through as it will take a near-perfect defensive performance to keep a clean sheet against ‘MSN’.

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