The draw for the quarterfinal and semifinal stage of the UEFA Champions League has been made, and there are some clear winners and losers from the random draw.
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All three Premier League teams will be pretty happy with their quarterfinal draw, while Chelsea and Liverpool will be happier than Manchester City with the draw they have for the semifinal.
A Chelsea v. Liverpool semifinal could happen, while Man City will play either Bayern Munich or PSG in the semifinal if they get past Borussia Dortmund. One side of this draw is tougher than the other, and City will be forced to win this competition the hard way if they’re going to be crowned champions of Europe for the first time in their history.
“It’s exciting, exciting. It’s obviously a tough draw but I am fine with it because if you look at all the other teams you think, ‘Oh my god’ because they are all strong and all have quality, that’s clear. I am really looking forward to the games,” Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said about playing against Real Madrid.
“It’s only just over two years ago that we faced them and it was a tough night for us, so to get the chance to play them again is cool. I know it’s a different round and whatever and we don’t know where we will play and stuff like this, but that’s all OK. If it will be Budapest, that’s fine. We are fine with that. The home game maybe hopefully at Anfield, that would be great as well. So, no, nothing bad to say – nothing bad to say actually, it’s just cool.”
Below is a look at my rankings for who will win it, the odds for the outright winners, and how to watch and follow all of the fixtures in the USA.
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Ranking the favorites to win the Champions League
1. Manchester City: Tough draw, especially the semi, but still red-hot favs.
2. Bayern Munich: Very tough draw v PSG, then likely Man City.
3. Chelsea: Lovely draw v. Porto, then winner of Liverpool v. Real Madrid.
4. Liverpool: Will also fancy their chances of getting to final.
5. Real Madrid: They will see an easy-ish route to the final.
6. PSG: Could not be tougher for Pochettino’s Les Parisiens.
7. Borussia Dortmund: This young team will find it tough to beat City.
8. FC Porto: Huge outsiders, but that’s dangerous. No pressure!
How to watch, stream Champions League
Champions League schedule: Quarterfinal
Manchester City v Borussia Dortmund
FC Porto v Chelsea
Bayern Munich v Paris Saint-Germain
Real Madrid v Liverpool
Champions League schedule: Semifinal
Semifinal 1: Bayern Munich or Paris Saint-Germain v Manchester City v Borussia Dortmund
Semifinal 2: Real Madrid or Liverpool v FC Porto or Chelsea
Champions League betting odds – Provided by our partner PointsBet
Manchester City (+220)
Bayern Munich (+300)
Paris Saint-Germain (+500)
Real Madrid (+1100)
Borussia Dortmund (+1600)