Ranking the teams left in the Champions League quarterfinals

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Bayern Munich, Robert Lewandowski
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2. FC Bayern Munich

Believe me when I tell you that positioning Bayern on the second pedestal was the most difficult assignment I’ve ever had since the German squad and the one on top are so closely matched. Bayern Munich are well within reach of Europe’s most coveted tournament if they correctly capitalise on their assets.

There are various reasons why I believe the squad is one of the best left in the Champions League, including how truly effective they have been over the seasons and having won the trophy as part of their dream sextuple in 2020.

Even after the legendary conquest, the team from Munich never stopped developing and adding significant names to the game who were in high demand, such as Julian Nagelsmann (manager) and Dayot Upamecano (defender) from RB Leipzig in the same transfer window.

This abundance of stars in their star-studded squad is credited to the immense squad depth Bayern possess, which allows the newly appointed and successful manager to experiment with an open heart because of their lone wolf domination in the Bundesliga.

There were no games in which Nagelsmann’s squad struggled, with the exception of a couple in the league that rarely mattered. Nothing has gone wrong for them, and if they maintain their current form, reaching the final would not be a tough feat for Bayern Munich.

1. Manchester City FC

The Blues from Manchester make it to the best team of all those who are left in the Champions League quarterfinals, and in all fairness, I don’t see a reason why they should not. As I said previously, it was a close contest between Bayern and Manchester City, but in the end, the English club prevailed and rose to the top.

In the round of 16, they had an easy battle with Sporting CP, who were thrashed by 5 goals in the first leg, providing the Manchester club with an easy berth in the quarterfinals.

Pep Guardiola’s team breezed through the knockout round but battled in the group stage against Paris, who were eventually knocked out by Real Madrid. Manchester City is known for being stable, with the exception of a few poor performances, hence why they missed a significant lead to Liverpool FC.

They should have won the Champions League last season, but this is a massive game that would be even bigger if it weren’t for Guardiola’s terrible experiments, which end with the Catalan manager holding his head with his eyes wide open. It’s past time for Guardiola to comprehend why toying with formations in games like the Champions League final is a horrible idea.

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However, nearly everything looks to be going absolutely well for the Citizens this season, as they are now in contention for the two most crucial tournaments, sitting in first place in both.

Goals are flowing in, the midfield is remarkable, and the defence is compact; everything required to be named the greatest is in top form with City, which is why they are clearly the best of the final eight teams standing.