The 2020/21 Champions League group stages and the final 16 are now a thing of the past, with the quarter-finals to follow.
There have been a few losses among European heavyweights in the last 16 games, but a large part of the continent’s top flight is still heading towards the commercial side of the competition.
With the May final fast approaching, who is best equipped to go all the way this season? Here are the eight ranked teams …
Don’t take it the wrong way Porto, because we also placed you 16th in the last 16 rankings … so what do we know? We will continue to deregister you and you will continue to do so.
Porto have lost only once in the group stage – although both Marseille and Olympiacos placed behind in Group C – and are currently second behind top-flight Sporting CP at national level.
The club have already shaken the odds in this season’s competition as it turned into a spirited performance to stun Juventus despite being a downed man. They couldn’t do it all over in 2004, could they?
Domestically, Borussia Dortmund have had a somewhat nightmarish season. The club are going through a strange transition period with Lucien Favre sacked in December and Marco Rose waiting behind the scenes to take over this summer.
Even with their recent slight improvement in form, they still sit fifth in the Bundesliga, 16 points off first place.
Still, Dortmund have a ridiculously talented young side, and with Erling Haaland and his outrageous Champions League scoring record, they’ll give anyone a game. They will (probably) not win – in fact, they will probably be in the lead and then capitulate – but it will be entertaining to say the least.
Real Madrid are the royalty of the Champions League. Unfortunately, this Real Madrid team is just a little … meh.
Los Blancos almost didn’t make it to the knockout stages (the appeal of Europa League music is just too much for some) after a chaotic group stage campaign, and they made it difficult for Atalanta in the first leg of their 16th draw. despite a player advantage.
They have struggled for consistency in La Liga and are currently six points away from first place. However, Madrid still have a team brimming with talent and a coach who has won three Champions League titles, not to mention.
The Champions League has given 2019 winners Liverpool some much-needed solitude this season after their Premier League title defense fell flat.
Although they suffered a series of scorching results in the top flight, the Reds were class over two innings against RB Leipzig. If their Premier League form continues to falter, Liverpool may have to put all their eggs in the Champions League basket to qualify for next season’s competition.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have been hassled with injury issues this quarter and that could be to their detriment in the Champions League too, but do you really need Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez when Nat Phillips charges for the header first for everything that happens? a five mile radius?
Chelsea are starting to find their rhythm under Thomas Tuchel – they have yet to lose and have only conceded twice in 13 appearances.
The Blues really shone with their 16th last win over La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid, demonstrating their ability to handle the game, counterattack and beat a very good team … and their ability to s * ** house a bit too.
It’s a close call between Chelsea and Liverpool for fourth place – but Tuchel’s side have been less of a disaster in the league so they get the nod. Only.
Last season’s beaten finalists showed they are serious with an electric last 16 first leg victory over Barcelona.
Kylian Mbappe grabbed the headlines with a hat-trick, and the French outfit avoided repeating The return to reserve their place in the quarter-finals.
PSG have a squad brimming with world-class talent, especially going forward, but like many Champions League quarter-finalists this season, they have struggled domestically. Mauricio Pochettino’s team find themselves in a real title race this season, and are currently three points from the top of Ligue 1 … unprecedented.
Bayern Munich are a real freak show this season, in that they are doing well in the Champions League and in their national division. Weird.
The Bavarians are at the top of the Bundesliga and haven’t lost in the Champions League for over two years. They have a star team. Robert Lewandowski is currently the best footballer in the world and, having won the Champions League in record fashion last season, they seem like a good bet to defend their crown.
Since their masterful performance against Chelsea in December, Manchester City have looked completely unbeatable (other than that moment in the Manchester derby when Manchester United beat them).
Pep Guardiola’s side rose to the top of the Premier League and suddenly opened a 14-point gap, as their performances in Europe did not falter.
Guardiola can almost select an entirely different XI in a completely different lineup every week and his side continue to deliver. Can the city finally land a a trophy that has so far escaped them?