At the start of the season, many people predicted Borussia Dortmund would advance to the quarterfinals of the Champions League. Very few people predicted the same of Monaco.
Whatever the preseason expectations, these are now two of the most exciting young teams in Europe, and they should provide plenty of entertainment over the two legs.
After a thrilling and high-scoring two legs against Manchester City in the round of 16, Monaco advanced on away goals. The Ligue 1 side dropped the first leg in Manchester 5-3 but returned to the southern coast of France to beat City 3-1 in the second leg.
Dortmund were extremely disappointing in the first leg of their round of 16 tie against Benfica. Bundesliga leading scorer, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, had a particularly disappointing game, missing a penalty and two other good scoring opportunities. In the second leg, Aubameyang rebounded with three goals to push Thomas Tuchel’s side into the quarterfinals.
Monaco will attempt to make it to the Champions League semi-finals for the first time since losing the final to Porto in 2004. Leonardo Jardim’s team currently lead Paris Saint-Germain in the Ligue 1 table with 71 points in 30 games. Monaco have scored 87 goals this season, conceding 26.
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