Man City, Barcelona & PSG: Who is the favourite to win the Champions League this season?

The final eight teams left in the 2019/20 Champions League

We're officially down to the last eight of the 2019/20 Champions League.

Barcelona and Bayern Munich's victories over Napoli and Chelsea yesterday evening confirmed the final quarter-final ties scheduled to take place in Lisbon next week.

It's going to be a very different tournament this time around as all the quarter-final and semi-final matches will all be decided over the course of just one game.

There will be no home advantage and with the likes of Real Madrid, Juventus and Liverpool already eliminated, it's hard to pick a clear and obvious favourite.

But it never hurts to put your neck on the line and nominate the team who you believe will win the competition, does it? After all, football is all about opinion and hindsight.

The CL quarter-finals

So with that in mind, we've ranked the eight teams left in the tournament by their chances of lifting ol' big ears in Lisbon at the end of the month.

8. RB Leipzig

Leipzig were awesome against Tottenham in the last-16 prior to the coronavirus pandemic, but things have changed since then.

Their form was sub-par in the Bundesliga after the restart and they will be without top scorer Timo Werner against Atletico Madrid on Thursday evening after the striker's move to Chelsea.

Diego Simeone's side are a fearsome prospect and without Werner, you really do wonder how Leipzig will breach Atleti's rearguard.

Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann

7. Lyon

No one expected Lyon to be booking flights to Lisbon, but Memphis Depay's penalty against Juventus was enough to send the French outfit to the Portuguese capital.

They will, of course, be massive underdogs against Manchester City, but they do possess a number of quality players and in Depay, they have a true match-winner.

Midfielders Houssem Aouar and Bruno Guimaraes were both outstanding against Juve as well. Dare we utter the phrase 'dark horses'?

6. Barcelona

If it wasn't for the brilliant Lionel Messi, Barca would be sitting deservedly in eighth on this list.

Quique Setien's side are a pale shadow of the great Blaugrana sides of yesteryear, but with Messi fully fit they're still capable of beating any team on the planet.

Nevertheless, even with the Argentine's undeniable brilliance and the temporary one-legged ties, we still can't see how Barca can beat Bayern Munich.

Barcelona vs Napoli

5. Paris Saint-Germain

Don't worry, we know fifth is an incredibly harsh ranking for a team littered with world-class stars.

But not only is Kylian Mbappe still an injury doubt for the quarter-finals, the Ligue 1 champions are also coming face-to-face with a free-scoring Atalanta team.

Then there's the fact that PSG have played just two competitive games in the last five months and even with superstars in every position, rustiness and match fitness will certainly come into play.

4. Atalanta

Remember when we daringly labelled Lyon as 'dark horses'? Well, when it comes to Atalanta, that cliche is the perfect description of the exciting Italian outfit.

Gian Piero Gasperini's side are capable of beating anybody on current form, scoring 98 goals in Serie A this season.

They've also played a hell of a lot more games than PSG in the past month or so and on that basis, we make Atalanta the favourites against the French giants - who'd have predicted that at the start of the season, eh?

Atalanta's Josip Ilicic

3. Manchester City

City were brilliant against Real Madrid on Friday night and they also possess a decent midfielder by the name of Kevin De Bruyne.

If Pep Guardiola's side are at their best, they will win the competition. However, they just haven't been consistent enough this season to warrant the label of 'Champions League favourites'.

Their leaky defence will always give teams a decent chance of victory and in the final rounds of Europe's elite competition, that's a huge concern. Don't be surprised if Lyon take advantage of City's backline.

2. Atletico Madrid

Simeone has never lost a Champions League knockout tie to a team without Cristiano Ronaldo.

It's a quite remarkable statistic and with the Portuguese and his Juventus side eliminated, you just feel the stars are finally aligning for Atleti in 2019/20.

Their defence is still rock solid, they have match winners at the top end of the pitch and their squad depth is pretty incredible right now. After all the near misses, Simeone may finally get his hands on the biggest prize of all.

Atletico manager Simeone

1. Bayern Munich

Do Hansi Flick's all-conquering Bundesliga champions actually have a weakness? No, no they do not.

In every area of the pitch, Bayern have a world-class talent performing to a ridiculously high standard and to top it all off, they have the one and only Robert Lewandowski.

The Polish striker has already scored 13 goals in just seven Champions League games this season and the fact he's leading the line for the most in-form team in Europe is just unfair really.

You really do fear for Barcelona.

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