Five Players to Watch in 2nd Leg of the Champions League Quarter Finals

Whilst the likes of Kylian Mbappé and Vinicius Junior stole the highlights with their spectacular performances in the first leg, the second encounters – as always – will be the decisive ones. So let’s take a look at five players who could play integral roles for their teams in the second legs of the Champions League quarter finals.

Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich)

Bayern Munich might not possess a superstar player like Mbappé – especially in the absence of Robert Lewandowski, but what they have is a rare type of footballer in the form of Thomas Muller.

The 2014 World Cup winner is definitely not as fast or explosive – and perhaps not as talented – as his French counterpart, but he made a career out of positioning himself in the right place at the right time in order to score when it matters the most for his team.

Sergio Oliveira (Porto)

The dynamic midfielder was the Porto hero who prevented Juventus from reaching the Champions League quarter finals with his extra-time goal.

The 28-year-old missed the first leg against Chelsea due to suspension, but his return will give the Dragons a certain boost ahead of the decisive fixture – even though they will be facing an uphill battle.

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

Despite all the criticism he receives, the Egyptian star is still arguably the most important player for Liverpool.

The Reds will be hoping to pull off another historic Champions League comeback at Anfield, and the former Roma winger needs to play a pivotal role in order to inspire the great escape.

Toni Kroos (Real Madrid)

The German’s performance during the first leg hasn’t gone unnoticed, especially after his sublime long-range assist for Vinicius on the opening goal.

The midfielder kept his solid run of form going with a strong showing in El Classico on Saturday, and his elegance could once again be the difference en route towards another Champions League triumph for the Spanish champions.

Joao Cancelo (Manchester City)

Following a difficult first season in England, the former Inter and Juventus fullback is proving his worth for Pep Guardiola’s side in the current campaign.

The Portuguese has become a key player for the Cityzens, and will be looking to seal the contest against Dortmund with his brilliant runs and spectacular crosses.