On the day of the draw for the Champions League quarters, many athletes surely thought they had been lucky. The rival was one of the considered Cinderellas of the hype: the German Leipzig. The rojiblancos they had eliminated the reigning champion, Liverpool, in an epic match at Anfield that will remain for the annals of the club's history. The COVID-19 crisis has caused this year the Champions League has a Final Eight formation, with single-game playoffs from the quarters. A priori, those of Simeone are favorites to go to the semifinals, but the Germans are not so clear.
If first it was Teuton sporting director Markus Krösche, who was confident in his team's options to eliminate mattresses, is now one of its stars, Patrick Schickwho think in the German environment 'Bild'on the possibilities that Leipzig has in this Champions League. The Czech forward, on loan from Roma, is one of the hopes of Nagelsmann's team to be able to go far in the tournament, especially after the confirmed absence of his figure, Timo Werner, who has signed for Chelsea and will not play with the Germans again. Schick believes that his team will arrive in better conditions to the quarterfinal match on the 13th in Lisbon: “Hard to say. I think it benefits us to have had a longer rest. The season has been very long and I think this break will make us fresher up for the match against Atlético de Madrid“
The Czech believes that the key to the duel will lie in “who scores the first goal, since they will have a good chance of winning the match. Atlético is a little more defensive. ” After clearly eliminating Tottenham in the round of 16, the Germans hope to continue progressing in the tournament according to Schick's words: “Of course, it is the Champions League. This year, with the fact that it will be played in a single match it will be easier to move forward. We have options to go to the final. There are still many great teams on the way to the final, but we have demonstrated our quality on previous occasions. We have options, although we are not favorites“