It will be Croatians galore in the Champions League quarterfinals! Of the eight remaining clubs in the competition, six have a Croatian on the roster.
The draw came out Friday afternoon and this is how the brackets shaped up.
It will be Luka Modrić and Real Madrid vs. former employee Mateo Kovačić (Chelsea) in the first Croatia v. Croatia matchup. Whoever progresses will play the winner of the Bayern Munich/Man City tie int he semifinals. Advantage: Real Madrid.
The left side of the draw is the far more difficult part of the bracket to get through. In the other quarterfinal, Josip Stanišić and Bayern Munich will face Champions League favorites Manchester City. Stanišić has already learned how to put Mbappe in his pocket. What about Haaland? Advantage: coin flip.
Marcelo Brozović and Inter Milan were given the perfect draw is being paired with the weakest team left, Benfica. Petar Musa is expected to come off the bench late (if at all) in both legs of this tie. Advantage: Inter Milan.
Finally, Ante Rebić and AC Milan will face Italian leaders and soon-to-be crowned Serie A champions, Napoli. Rebić has done absolutely nothing for Milan this season. Except more in that category. Napoli has been hot and eating up all of their Italian competition. Advantage: Napoli.
Only Manchester City and Napoli don’t have Croatians on their roster, and remember, a Croatian has lifted the Champions League trophy 10 seasons in a row. Will 2023 make it 11?
If City and Napoli fall out, a Croatian is guaranteed to lift the CL trophy once again.
Croatians are rooting hard for Real Madrid and Bayern Munich in the quarterfinal round. To keep the streak alive, City needs to be eliminated ASAP or the streak will be in danger at ending at 10 years.