By Izuchukwu Okosi:
Former Super Eagles assistant coach Jean Francois Loscuito believes the quarter- finals results of the UEFA Champions League played on Tuesday and Wednesday nights across Europe show that the teams expected to win Europe's club football top prize may falter, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
Loscuito and former Eagles chief coach, Sunday Oliseh whom he worked with before a face-off with the Nigeria Football Federation, were at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday night to watch Bayern Munich defeat Benfica 1-0 to take a slim advantage to the second leg next week in Portugal.
The Belgian gave his assessment of the games in an exclusive chat with Completesportsnigeria.com as he enjoys his holidays in Munich, Germany.
"Benfica played very well on Tuesday night with a good tactical plan. Bayern Munich may have won, but after scoring very early, it was Benfica who were the better side for most parts of the match. Bayern were not very good. I saw the match with Sunday (Oliseh)," Loscuito told Completesportsnigeria.com.
"Barcelona did well to bounce back through Louis Suarez, but Fernando Torres' goal could prove decisive in the second leg. I hope they survive without Torres because of his red card."
Speaking of Wednesday's games, the one-time ASFA Yenanga of Burkina Faso coach hailed the impressive showing of Wolfsburg in their 2-0 win against Real Madrid and Manchester City's draw away against Paris Saint Germain.
"Wolfsburg really surprised most of us with their performance against Real Madrid. I feel Real or even Benfica could win this title this year. Man City also got a draw away which was very important for them against such a strong PSG side.
"So with the outcome of the quarter-final matches, I will find it difficult to predict the semi finalists now.
"Maybe after the semi finals matches I can predict who wins the title. Tonight (Thursday), coach Sunday (Oliseh) and I will watch Dortmund – Sunday's former club, against Liverpool in the Europa League. That will be another interesting one ," Loscuito said with a laughter.