Sure, Juventus-Barcelona and Bayern Munich–Real Madrid could easily be championship pairings in another year, but the must-watch matchup of the Champions League quarterfinals is Borussia Dortmund vs. Monaco
He was supposed to be the next great Barcelona midfielder, and then he was supposed to be the center of Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich. Neither quite happened, but under Carlo Ancelotti, Thiago has become one of the best midfielders in the world.
Chelsea’s rise to the top of the Premier League has coincided with Antonio Conte’s decision to play a pair of midfielders instead of three. Normally, that would be a disaster — but not when you have Nemanja Matic and N’Golo Kanté.