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Champions League Power Rankings: Who will take Liverpool's crown in Lisbon?

3:00 PM GMT+4 11/08/2020
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Europe's premier club competition heads to Portugal with eight of the continent's biggest sides still in with a chance of lifting the trophy

After its unplanned, coronavirus-enforced hiatus, the Champions League is back.

After the culmination of the last 16 saw heavyweights Juventus and Real Madrid eliminated, the competition is down to its final eight sides.

The quarter-finalists have travelled to Lisbon for the final stages, all of which will be played as one-legged matches rather than the normal double-headers.

With the draw all mapped out, clubs know who their prospective opponents could be all the way through to the final. But who are the favourites, and which teams still have work to do?

Goal has ranked the runners and riders to work out who is in the best shape to lift the famous trophy on August 23...

  • Depay Lyon Juventus 2020

    #8 Lyon

    Despite holding a narrow advantage from the first leg, very few observers believed an undercooked Lyon side would have enough to knock Juventus out in Turin.

    Rudi Garcia's side, however, stunned the Bianconeri as they just about held off Cristiano Ronaldo and Co. to seal their place among the quarter-finalists.

    There they will face an in-form Manchester City, and as the clear underdogs on their side of the draw, it is difficult to see them progressing much further.

    But then we said that before the last round, so...

  • Marcel Sabitzer RB Leipzig 2019-20

    #7 RB Leipzig

    They may not be able to call upon talisman Timo Werner in Portugal after he opted out of playing following his move to Chelsea, but RB Leipzig's chances may actually have improved over recent days.

    Their quarter-final opponents, Atletico Madrid, have been thrown into chaos this week after two players tested positive for Covid-19, and Julian Nagelsmann's side will hope they can take advantage in Lisbon on Thursday.

  • Ruslan Malinovskyi Atalanta Brescia

    #6 Atalanta

    Despite the three-month break from football, Atalanta have shown no signs of slowing down since football's resumption, with the free-scoring Bergamo outfit setting Serie A alight on their way to a third-place finish.

    They now return to the Champions League with a quarter-final against PSG awaiting them and a potential path to the final which is far less daunting than what faces more established sides on the opposite side of the draw.

    Josip Ilicic, who scored five goals across the two legs of their win over Valencia in the last 16, will miss the mini-tournament due to personal reasons, but Gian Piero Gasperini's side still have plenty of firepower to cause opposition defenders problems.

  • Lionel Messi Barcelona 2019-20

    #5 Barcelona

    It was far from a vintage performance from Barcelona, but Quique Setien's side got the job done against Napoli to book their place among the final eight.

    This is where things get difficult though. A quarter-final meeting with many people's favourites, Bayern Munich, awaits them on Friday in a match some are predicting could get ugly for the Blaugrana.

    Manchester City are also in their half of the draw, and thus Lionel Messi will likely have to be at his very best for Barca to even have a chance of reaching the final.

    However, if any player can single-handedly drive his team forward through adversity, it is the Argentine magician.

  • Atletico Madrid celebrate vs Liverpool

    #4 Atletico Madrid

    Few expected Atletico Madrid to make it to the Champions League quarter-finals when they were drawn against defending champions Liverpool in the last 16, but their 4-2 aggregate win over the Reds means they are now being taken much more seriously.

    Diego Simeone's side have since landed on their feet by being placed into the "easier" side of the draw, with their last-eight tie with an under-strength RB Leipzig looking very winnable.

    The Rojiblancos are unbeaten in their last 18 matches in all competitions, and their disciplined defensive style is perfect for knockout football.

    That said, the Liga outfit have been rocked this week after two players tested positive for coronavirus, and it remains to be seen how it has affected their preparation.

  • Neymar PSG AS Saint-Etienne Coupe de France 24072020

    #3 Paris Saint-Germain

    They may have only played two competitive matches since March, but PSG might not get a better chance to win the Champions League than in 2020.

    The French champions are in the less daunting side of the draw and know their main European nemesis - the threat of a second-leg capitulation - will not be a factor in Portugal.

    Kylian Mbappe's ankle injury, which could well see him sit out their quarter-final clash with Atalanta, has hit their hopes a little, but Thomas Tuchel's side still have a number of match-winners in their ranks - including Neymar - that they hope can carry them to the final on August 23.

  • Sterling Manchester City 2020

    #2 Manchester City

    Boosted by the news of their potential two-year European ban having been overturned, Man City returned to European competition with a spring in their step.

    They may have needed a small helping hand from Raphael Varane, but the professional manner in which they were able to eliminate Real Madrid suggests Pep Guardiola's side may have finally cracked how to win at the very highest level.

    Juventus' own exit means they can now look forward to what seems a far easier quarter-final against Lyon on Saturday, though tougher tests are likely to manifest themselves the longer they remain in the competition.

  • Robert Lewandowski Bayern Munich 2019-20

    #1 Bayern Munich

    The almost overwhelming favourites to lift the European Cup in Lisbon, Bayern wrapped up their last-16 win over Chelsea with a thumping 4-1 victory on Saturday.

    A 23-match unbeaten run has already seen them secure a league and cup double in Germany, with Robert Lewandowski putting in performances that likely would have won him the Ballon d'Or had the prize not been cancelled in July.

    While favourites to beat Barcelona in their quarter-final, the Bundesliga champions will need to be on alert to ensure Lionel Messi is kept quiet, but Hansi Flick's side seem to have all bases covered right now when it comes to being continental champions-elect.