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There is no football like football in the UEFA Champions League. It is the pinnacle of this sport, where the best players and the best athletes cross swords; has replaced the FIFA World Cup as the best quality scoreboard.
Only eight teams remain in the 2017/18 competition, having fought a group of six group games before Christmas and a two-leg eliminator until February and March.
Friday's draw revealed who would face who in the quarterfinals, and suffice it to say that there are a couple of delicious ties.
Here, we badyze each of the four confrontations, point out the key men involved and discuss what will be the decisive factors of the clashes.
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The clash of the round of 16 Barcelona with Chelsea seems to have developed quite simply if Take a look at the dimension: 4-1 in the aggregate, and 3-0 at the Camp Nou, but the reality is that for long periods in both legs seemed the least comfortable team in the field.
There were theories that, apart from Lionel Messi, are a bit ordinary and should not be considered the monster we have feared so much.
If this is accurate or not likely, it will not be revealed until the semifinal stage. Rome was the second best possible draw after Sevilla for most, but for Barça, it could be the ideal match.
The men of Eusebio Di Francesco can be a bit slow and heavy in the midfield, which suits the Catalans. Daniele De Rossi has only become more reckless with age, and will take care of the area in which Messi operates now: that could be a grim clock for fans of Giallorossi.
Roma should return the sides to help defend the sides in the same way that Chelsea did, and Diego Perotti and Cengiz Under, at least have two fiercely strong workers who will exert their influence.
Whether Alessandro Florenzi and Aleksandar Kolarov can deal with Andrés Iniesta and Ousmane Dembele, however, is another complete question.
Key battle: De Rossi vs. Messi
Prediction: ease of Barcelona through
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Etsuo Hara / Getty Images  Jupp Heynckes should be delighted with this draw; He paired his team with the weakest of the eight quarterfinals, and Bayern Munich represents a tactical imbalance for Sevilla.
The Bavarians could finish the Bundesliga title this weekend by allowing them to plan completely for this two-legged tie, and that only increases the feeling that they will walk this one.
Sevilla's victory over Manchester United can not be completely ignored, but if the Red Devils had bothered to attack, Vincenzo Montella's men probably would not be here.
Some will point to Wissam Ben Yedder's eight goals in the Champions League this season, and Ever Banega's creative prowess as reasons for Die Roten to be on the alert, but Sevilla is a flawed side that you can expect Bayern make holes.
Too often, a ball in the center divides the midfield and the Montella defense, trapping the bottom line in no-man's land, and Thiago Alcantara's telepathic connection with Robert Lewandowski could be proved ul as a result.
Sevilla has faced serious inconsistencies in the right side this season, leading a combination of Jesus Navas (one end) and Gabriel Mercado (center-back) to play against United. Who plays against Bayern will face an attack by David Alaba and Co.
Key battle: Lewandowski vs. the central pairing
Prediction: Bayern does a light job of that
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The real glamor tie of the draw, the last year's finalists Juventus and Real Madrid renew their rivalries. If he were forced to choose just one game to watch in this round, this could well be.
In Cardiff, Wales, last June, when the two played the trophy, they told about their experience in the finals. Juventus star striker Paulo Dybala cringed under the spotlights, controlling pbades badly and without affecting the game in any way.
Meanwhile, experienced Los Blancos players treated him as "just one more final", with his 4-4-2 diamond formations that give Leonardo Bonucci, Andrea Barzagli and Co. fit.
Just one year later, the make-up of Real Madrid's XI has barely changed. Luka Modric and Toni Kroos continue to reign in midfield, Cristiano Ronaldo still plays when it matters most, and Marco Asensio still changes games from the bench.
The fact that this is the only competition in which they are still in the race for makes them a dangerous opponent. They can devote all their energies to this and concentrate completely on defending their crown, only a fool would suggest that they can not get to three at the trot.
Juventus almost slipped past Tottenham Hotspur to reach this stage, exhibiting an obvious weakness on the right-back on the road. Whoever Mbadimiliano Allegri has there will have a mbadive problem that includes Marcelo, Asensio and Ronaldo.
There are many possibilities for Real Madrid to gain ground on the flank, and if they can get five balls in the box, Ronaldo will take at least one.
Key battles: Marcelo vs. Juve on the right, Ronaldo vs. Chiellini
Prediction: Real Madrid wins again
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On paper, it is the business of all Englishmen that few they wanted Considering that we have already seen this confrontation twice this season, it lacks the exotic flavor of an intercontinental affair.
But the two games that these sides have played were totally different: Manchester City won the first 5-0, Liverpool second 4-3-and for that reason, it is quite difficult to discover who wins for more than 180 minutes.
Both parties saw one of the sides at its lowest point, with Liverpool bowing in after the red card of Sadio Mane in the first and City committing more errors in a game than in the whole season in the second. These two seem able to get the best out of each other and worse, but in what way will it swing?
Liverpool will push and pressure City in the development phase and try to ruin its construction of attacks. This is vital to prevent Pep Guardiola's men from getting underway and it will be a good first effort to safeguard one of the most precarious one-on-one battles on the field: Leroy Sane against Trent Alexander-Arnold or Joe Gomez. 19659004] At the other extreme, City must be studious to prevent Roberto Firmino from finding his rhythm, because when he does, Mohamed Salah and Mane come alive. The confrontation of Salah with whom it is The field of the city in the left lateral one is Jurgen Klopp that will focus in a route towards the success.
Key battles: Guardiola vs. Klopp
Prediction: City edge it
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