Champions League: The Last Eight Standing

The last 16 ties are complete and the pool of possible European Cup winners is down to eight.

Here are the candidates for Euro glory.


Some chose to write them off based on that first leg away to Milan and they responded in style. It will take a very naïve person to back against the Spanish giants winning the title as they will have Tito Vilanova back from his latest round of treatment for throat cancer over the remaining fixtures.

Real Madrid

Perhaps a little lucky to get past Manchester United in the way they did but they are strong title contenders. They have a superb tactician in charge of the side, which should make it easier for them to edge the tight matches. They also have a great record against Barcelona recently.

Bayern Munich

Managed to get past Arsenal despite a great attempt at a comeback by the Gunners. They were given a wake up call by their performance in the second leg, which exposed how vulnerable they look when they go into any side with complacency and simply expecting to win.

Borussia Dortmund

Dortmund were one of the strongest teams during the group stage and they did what they had to do to get this far. They have a great squad of players and a good boss in Jurgen Klopp. They are vulnerable when put under heavy pressure but they will fancy their chances as the pool gets smaller and smaller.


They weren’t really tested by Celtic in their last 16 tie so it’s a little confusing as to how to view them in the last eight. They have a lot of experience and a well balanced side and they continue to have a brilliant domestic season, which will fill them with confidence ahead of their next tie.

Paris Saint-Germain

PSG are going to get into this position routinely over the next few years because of the cash which has been pumped into the team. They are good enough to beat any side in a single match but it’s probably a little early for them to start dumping the best sides out of the competition.


The Turkish side have surprised everyone by getting this far and they just battle through each tie, not placing too much expectancy over the time. They have added to their squad well but could find the challenge of taking on one of the favourites a little too much.


Malaga would love to go all the way in this competition just to stick it to UEFA for banning them from all European competition next season. They have played well and will have a squad filled with players who will want to perform before they move on at the end of the season.

Who do you think will win?

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