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Champions League quarter-finals: 4 players to watch

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With the quarter-final draw for this season's Champions League now complete, here we look at four players to look out for...

Eden Hazard

 Hazard has set the Premier League alight this season, rivaling Luis Suarez and Yaya Toure for Player of the Season award.

He has consistently skinned rival defences alive, able to beat player after player with his obscene dribbling skills. Some would even argue that he is already at the level of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, only lacking the game-to-goal ratio that will come with age.

With a dismal United having drawn tournament favorites Bayern Munich, Chelsea look to be the Premier League team with the best chance of going the distance in the Champions League this season and Hazard will need to be at his very best for his team to do so.

He has become the cornerstone of the team and has thus far delivered when others on his team have failed to. Without Hazard, Chelsea look mediocre.

Gerard Pique

It’s no secret that Pique has had a disappointing season thus far. While most of the criticism has been directed towards Gerard Martino, Barca’s defense has clearly been the weak link of an otherwise fantastic team. 

In the 2008-2009 season, Pique was a tower at the back, reading play better than any other defender in the world. When it came to one-on-one situations, one could bet their paycheck on the attacker losing the ball.

Nowadays, Pique looks fragile and confused. His game is riddled with mistakes galore. He owes his team a big-game performance or two and given his ability to raise his game at exactly the right time, count on him banishing his naysayers by putting in a majestic performance and leading Barcelona into the semi-finals.

 Wayne Rooney

Manchester United striker Rooney has contributed a fair number of goals and assists and always puts in a gut-busting shift in defence. Hungry for goals and wanting to stay in the hearts of United fans, expect to see Rooney’s name on the scoresheet even if United fail to progress.

Cristiano Ronaldo

After three seasons in Messi’s shadow, Ronaldo seems to have finally established himself as the undisputed best in the world (at least for the time being). In the Champions League, Ronaldo has been unstoppable.

 With at least two more games to play, Ronaldo is painfully close to beating Messi’s 14-goal Champions League record. Surrounded by a team that includes Gareth Bale - who is racking up assists faster than Chelsea are managers - one would be foolish to bet against the Portugal legend.

 

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UEFA Champions League
Eden Hazard
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Wayne Rooney
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