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Do you agree with our draw verdict?

Published: Saturday 16 March 2013, 15.55CET
Our team of reporters scrutinise each UEFA Champions League quarter-finalist and evaluate their chances of reaching the last four, but do you agree with their assessments?
Published: Saturday 16 March 2013, 15.55CET

Do you agree with our draw verdict?

Our team of reporters scrutinise each UEFA Champions League quarter-finalist and evaluate their chances of reaching the last four, but do you agree with their assessments?

After Friday's UEFA Champions League quarter-final draw, drew together a panel of experts to dissect the chances of each team still involved. How have they fared in the draw? Why will they be wary? What weaknesses will they look to exploit? Read our reporters' verdict and let us know your thoughts using the form at the foot of the page.

Málaga CF v Borussia Dortmund
Graham Hunter
Roque Santa Cruz, Málaga's match winner on Wednesday, specifically did not want Spanish opposition in the quarter-final but did desire a "big name" as a treat for the Rosaleda faithful. Dortmund, winners of the competition in 1997, fit the bill. Even if Manuel Pellegrini's side start second favourites they won't be concerned. Indeed, the Liga team press well and work relentlessly, something which might negate Dortmund's tremendous pace on the break, while six clean sheets in ten UEFA Champions League ties this season including the play-offs is reason for further hope.

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Jürgen Klopp will not underestimate Málaga

Steffen Potter
Not to do Málaga any injustice, but Dortmund will surely have breathed a sigh of relief upon learning their fate, given the European powerhouses they could have drawn. I am sure Málaga will have felt similarly and this tie promises to be intriguing, especially considering it involves arguably the two surprise packages of the season. If BVB continue to play as they have done then they must be viewed as slight favourites. However, the same was said about FC Porto before their round of 16 tie against Málaga, so there is little danger of Jürgen Klopp underestimating Isco and Co.

Real Madrid CF v Galatasaray AŞ
Paul Bryan
Despite coming up against the tournament's joint-top scorer Burak Yılmaz, José Mourinho will feel his team have sufficient talent to reach their third successive semi-final. Cristiano Ronaldo leads the scoring charts on eight goals with Burak and it is the Portugal striker who best encapsulates the Merengues' counterattacking panache. Madrid have lost two of three previous European encounters against a Galatasaray team that may look to work on their aerial game: of the 46 goals Madrid have conceded in all competitions this season, 14 have come from set-piece situations.

Türker Tozar
Galatasaray harness the twin virtues of momentum and belief following a daring display at FC Schalke 04 in their round of 16 triumph. Nine-time European champions Madrid pose a more daunting challenge, yet with marquee signings Wesley Sneijder and Didier Drogba finding their feet and Burak's belligerent goalscoring run continuing, the mantra must be: nothing is impossible. There is concern, however, following a run of just two clean sheets in eight league fixtures, while Hamit Altıntop has struggled to rediscover the form that had Europe raving at UEFA EURO 2008.

Leonardo reacts to PSG's draw

Paris Saint-Germain FC v FC Barcelona
Ian Holyman
"The worst possible draw" according to PSG sporting director Leonardo, but is it? PSG are at their best on the counterattack, a natural game to play against Barça, who could be undone by the pace of Lucas, Jérémy Ménez and Ezequiel Lavezzi. In this respect, Zlatan Ibrahimović's suspension for the first leg in Paris is not necessarily a bad thing. Also, who better than Thiago Silva to thwart Lionel Messi? Yes, as Carlo Ancelotti concedes, Barça start favourites and – man for man at least – possess the better side. The tie, however, is perhaps not as straightforward as many believe.

Graham Hunter
On the form they showed in the return leg against AC Milan, Barça are a match for anyone and deserve to be tournament favourites. However, Carlo Ancelotti, a victim of Frank Rijkaard's Barcelona in this tournament's 2006 semi-final when he was Milan boss, will be well aware that the Catalan giants' form has fluctuated this season. They have been vulnerable to headed goals all term: something for Thiago Silva and Thiago Motta to note. Furthermore, a huge number of Barça's players depart for two international matches before the first leg and fatigue may prove a factor. 

FC Bayern München v Juventus
Steffen Potter
Bayern have rightly shown a healthy respect for Juve since being pitted against the Italian champions. After some troublesome years, the Bianconeri are almost back to their best. However, Bayern should be confident, regardless of their opponents. On a good day, they can take on any team, even if their recent performances in the Bundesliga and UEFA Champions League have been below-par. In the coming weeks we will discover whether Bayern's slips were a warning at the right time, or an early sign that their season is not destined to end in glorious fashion at Wembley.

Paolo Menicucci
No team have scored more than Bayern's 18 goals, but Antonio Conte's charges have not conceded in their last five UEFA Champions League outings. However, the tie should not be viewed as a contest between Bayern's attack and Juventus's defence. As Pavel Nedvěd said after the draw, the two teams have similar styles and both play with great intensity, especially in midfield. The last time Bayern played in Turin in the same competition, in 2009, they won 4-1. That, though, was in a different stadium and against a different Juve.

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