Champions League Quarter-finals: Atlético, Bayern, Benfica, Chelsea, Liverpool, Man. City, Real Madrid, Villarreal

The eight UEFA Champions League quarter-finalists have learned their fate, with the path now laid out all the way to the showpiece on 28 May.

Get the lowdown on all the contenders, from stats and form to key players. Chelsea vs Real Madrid

Previous meetings

Chelsea: P5 W3 D2 L0 F7 A3

Real Madrid: P5 W0 D2 L3 F3 A7

Winners play Manchester City or Atlético in the semi-finalsChelsea

Why they can win it

The reigning champions have the necessary experience to navigate their way through the Champions League knockout rounds and they seem to be basing this campaign on the same principles as last: a defence that is not used to conceding goals and enough quality in attack to hurt any opposition. And the man at the helm, Thomas Tuchel, has shown that he’s one of the best around when it comes to motivating a team and keeping them goal-orientated from game to game.

UEFA ranking: 4

European Cup best: winners (2011/12, 2020/21)

Last season: winners (W 1-0 vs Man. City)

This season

Record: W6 D1 L1 F17 A5

Top scorer: Timo Werner (3)

Round of 16: 4-1 agg vs LOSC

Group H: runners-up

Campaign so far

Barring an off-colour performance away to Juventus in Matchday 2, Chelsea were excellent in the group stage – the highlight undoubtedly the 4-0 victory over the Italian side in the reverse fixture in London. Into the knockouts, and Chelsea were ruthlessly efficient in the first leg against LOSC before weathering the storm in the second.

Key player: Kai Havertz

The scorer of the winning goal in the 2020/21 Champions League final looks to be timing his run perfectly again this term, hitting his stride at the business end of the season. The German is a man for the big occasions.

Coach: Thomas Tuchel

The coach took over last January and immediately went 14 games unbeaten. The former Mainz and Dortmund boss was a runner-up with Paris in 2020 before going one better with the Blues last season. His Midas touch is yet to desert him.

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The Blues have conceded just seven goals in 15 Champions League games since Tuchel’s arrival, three of them in their 3-3 draw with Zenit on Matchday 6.Real Madrid

Every Real Madrid group stage goal

Why they can win it

If they can turn that tie against Paris around, against all the odds, then nothing is beyond them. Two younger, energetic, less-used players produced star turns in eliminating the French side: Federico Valverde and Eduardo Camavinga. Their impacts need to continue in the ascendancy. But it’s the 70 goals and assists total which the Karim Benzema-Vinicíus Júnior partnership has produced this season which whispers potential winners.

UEFA ranking: 5

European Cup best: winners (1955/56, 1956/57, 1957/58, 1958/59, 1959/60, 1965/66, 1997/98, 1999/2000, 2001/02, 2013/14, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18)

Last season: semi-finals (L 1-3 agg vs Chelsea)

This season

Record: W6 D0 L2 F17 A5

Top scorer: Karim Benzema (8)

Round of 16: 3-2 agg vs Paris

Group D: winners

Campaign so far

How is it possible to lose at home to Sheriff, and then reach the last eight with a gargantuan performance against Paris? The route map helps explain. Madrid won nothing last season and, by their own admission, are desperate to win domestically and in Europe this time round. The 5-0 away victory over Shakhtar reset Madrid’s GPS in the group stage. And then defeat in Paris did the same – leading to a different high-pressing approach.

Highlights: Real Madrid 3-1 Paris

Key player: Karim Benzema

Many people wondered where Real Madrid’s goals would come from when Cristiano Ronaldo left in 2018, but the France forward has more than stepped up to the plate to become the club’s talisman. Fittingly, he scored Madrid’s 1,000th European Cup goal against Shakhtar earlier this campaign then turned around their last-16 tie with Paris with a second-half hat-trick.

Coach: Carlo Ancelotti

The manager who steered Madrid to ‘La Décima’ in 2014 returned last summer for a second stint in charge. He is one of just three coaches to have won the European Cup/Champions League on three occasions.

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Madrid had scored in 23 successive matches in the Champions League round of 16 before drawing a blank at Paris in the first leg this season.Manchester City vs Atlético

Previous meetings

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Atlético: N/A

Winners play Chelsea or Real Madrid in the semi-finalsManchester City

Highlights: Sporting CP 0-5 Man. City

Why they can win it

There are only one or two teams left in the competition – if that – who are capable of dealing with City’s metronomic passing and relentless pressing. Their strength in depth is unrivalled across Europe, while their hunger for a maiden Champions League triumph remains as ferocious as ever. After all, they couldn’t have gone much closer in Porto last May.

UEFA ranking: 2

European Cup best: runners-up (2020/21)

Last season: runners-up (L 0-1 vs Chelsea)

This season

Record: W5 D1 L2 F23 A10

Top scorer: Riyad Mahrez (6)

Round of 16: 5-0 agg vs Sporting CP

Group A: winners

Campaign so far

Ominously for City’s last-eight rivals, there is still room for improvement. The Group A winners lost two of their three games away from home in the section – albeit narrowly – and only kept their first clean sheet of this season’s competition in their last-16 first-leg win in Lisbon. Despite that comprehensive 5-0 victory, Pep Guardiola insisted afterwards that there was more to come from his side – a frightening prospect.

Highlights: Man. City 0-0 Sporting CP

Key player: Kevin De Bruyne

The 30-year-old schemer passed 250 appearances for the club last season and remains a talismanic figure in their midfield despite the riches around him. He endured something of a slow start to the campaign but looks to be returning to his best, making a habit of scoring in key games since the end of the group stage.

Coach: Pep Guardiola

One of the most decorated coaches in the game, the 51-year-old won this competition twice with Barcelona. He has scooped three league titles apiece at the helm of the Catalan club, Bayern and City.

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Guardiola reached his eighth Champions League semi-final last season – the joint-most in the competition’s history alongside José Mourinho.Atlético

Highlights: Man. United 0-1 Atlético

Why they can win it

You just need to take one look at the dogged determination Atleti showed as they fought their way past Manchester United in the last 16 to see why they can go all the way and upset anyone in this competition. They are so resilient and masters of backs-against-the-wall football, and will now look to add City to their recent list of English victims.

UEFA ranking: 10

European Cup best: runners-up (1973/74, 2013/14, 2015/16)

Last season: round of 16 (L 0-3 agg vs Chelsea)

This season

Record: W3 D2 L3 F9 A9

Top scorer: Antoine Griezmann (4)

Round of 16: 2-1 agg vs Man. United

Group B: runners-up

Campaign so far

It has not exactly been vintage Atleti in the Champions League this season, Diego Simeone’s men having scraped through the group stage by the skin of their teeth. However, they rolled back the clock with a classic display against United and might just be hitting form at the right time.

Atlético vs Man. United: Watch brilliant João Félix goal

Key player: João Félix

Much like this Atlético side as a whole, the Portugal forward has grown into the campaign and is now a fixture in the side. His pace, directness and work rate have made him undroppable for Simeone, while his youthful impishness, guile and eye for goal have made him an idol for the Atleti faithful.

Coach: Diego Simeone

Now in his 12th season at the Atleti helm, Simeone has coached the Rojiblancos to two UEFA Europa League titles, two UEFA Super Cups and two Champions League finals. Last season, he added a second Liga crown to show his powers remain undiminished.

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