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Champions League quarterfinalist power rankings

Lionel Messi to Manchester City

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 01: Lionel Messi of Barcelona (C) volleys during the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Manchester City FC and FC Barcelona at Etihad Stadium on November 1, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

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We’ve got our final eight in the 2018-19 UEFA Champions League, and it’s a loaded group of combatants featuring four teams from the Premier League, and one each from Portugal, Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands.

But who’s the favorite to win it all?

[ RECAP: Bayern 1-3 (1-3 agg.) Liverpool ]

The bookies bestow the honor on Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, with Juventus and Barcelona just behind the reigning Premier League champions.

8. Porto
Positives: Sound defensively, experienced underdogs.
Negatives: A little too long in the tooth over two legs.

7. Ajax
Positives: A bright collection of elite talent, naive enough to thrive.
Negatives: That same youth meeting the stage for the first time.

6. Manchester United
Positives: The Ole Gunnar Solskjaer bump is nearing tenure status, Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku won’t fear the stage.
Negatives: The center backs that Jose Mourinho wanted to reinforce his side haven’t arrived (though they did handle Kylian Mbappe well enough).

5. Tottenham Hotspur
Positives: Health is wealth, and Spurs’ key pieces are mostly back and breathing easy. Plus Mauricio Pochettino is a deft tactician and he knows it.
Negatives: First UCL quarterfinal since 2011, and the pressure that comes with it.

4. Liverpool
Positives: They’ve come this far with a batch of relatively average performances from Mohamed Salah.
Negatives: Still in a vicious league title fight.

3. Juventus
Positives: The UCL wherewithal of one Cristiano Ronaldo, as well as Leonardo Bonucci, plus a sleepwalk journey through Serie A.
Negatives: It’s been 23 years and five lost finals since Juve last won it, a fact the area is keen to remind the club. Weight.

2. Manchester City
Positives: Pep Guardiola and the best depth in the world.
Negatives: That depth doesn’t extend to Fernandinho, plus there’s the specter of not having won it.

  1. Barcelona
    Positives: They’ve won it before and have the best player to ever lace ‘em up.
    Negatives: Plenty of pieces untested on that stage.

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