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Possible Champions League rivals / FCB

With the round of 16 now over, FC Barcelona now know who they could face in the quarter-finals with the draw to take place on Friday at UEFA Headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland at 12.00pm CET. The first leg of the next round of the Champions League will take place on 5/6 April and the second a week later on 12/13 April.

Below we look at the seven teams who could be the blaugranes’ opponents in the quarter-finals:

PSG

Laurent Blanc’s team could face Barça for their third time in five seasons in the knock out stages of the Champions League. In the last 16 they knocked out Chelsea, winning 2-1 at home in the Parc des Princes and then 2-1 again at Stamford Bridge. Paris Saint Germain’s main threat is without doubt the former blaugrana Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the French league champions will be one to watch in the last eight.

Barça and PSG met last season in the Champions League quarter-finals.

WOLFSBURG

On paper the Germans are one of the least fancied teams in the quarter-final line up after having reached the last eight for the first time in their history. Nevertheless, they cannot be underestimated with players of the quality of Julian Draxler and André Schurrle, who are top scorers in the competition with 3 goals. In the last 16 they eliminated Gent 4-2 on aggregate.

BENFICA

The Portuguese giants are back in the quarter-finals after an absence of four years. Jorge Jesus’ team have made it this far after knocking out Zenit St.Petersburg in the previous round thanks to two goals in the last five minutes of the second leg to give them a 2-1 win in Russia. That victory gave them a 3-1 aggregate win and they are a danger with striker Jonas Gonçalves in great form as is Nico Gaitán, their top scorer in the competition with 4 goals.

REAL MADRID

Zinedine Zidane’s team could face the blaugranes in the quarter-finals just three days after the Clásico in the league. Real Madrid defeated AS Roma 4-0 on aggregate in the last 16 (2-0 wins away and at home in the Bernabéu). They are one of the most in-form teams in the tournament with nine wins and a draw in their ten games so far and Cristiano Ronaldo is the competition’s current top scorer with 13 goals.

MANCHESTER CITY

City have reached the last eight of the competition for the first time in their history. Manuel Pellegrini’s team are in the quarter-finals thanks to their 3-1 away win at Dynamo Kiev in the first leg of their last 16 tie. 0-0 was enough in the return leg in Manchester to put the Premier League after two consecutive defeats to Barça in the round of 16. Agüero is the main danger for the English club with 6 goals in 6 matches this season in Europe.

ATLÉTICO MADRID

Diego Simeone’s team reach the last eight for the third season in a row after a nail biting victory in the last 16 over Dutch side PSV Eindhoven. ‘Los colchoneros’ needed a penalty shoot out to beat the team coached by former blaugrana Philip Cocu after a 0-0 draw in Holland was followed up by 120 minutes of goalless football in the Vicente Calderón. Frenchman Antoine Griezmann is the Madrid side’s danger man with four goals in this season’s Champions League so far.

BAYERN MUNICH

Pep Guardiola’s team had to sweat blood to make it through to the last eight of the competition after coming back from 2-0 down at home to Juventus in the second leg of Bayern Munich’s last 16 tie against the Italian champions. A 4-2 victory after extra time in the return encounter coupled with the 2-2 result from the first leg in Turin sees the Germans into the draw for the quarter-finals on Friday with Lewandowski on 7 goals their leading scorer in the competition.

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