Going into the knockout stage of the competition, we don't quite have the huge favourite for the Champions League title. At this point, it's anyone's game with so many potential candidates aiming to dethrone Liverpool and go all the way in 2020. This is the perfect time for reviewing all clubs' chances. Experts at Bettingtips4You have said that there are seven teams have genuine reasons to dream about the title. We'll grade the main four revealing their biggest strengths and weaknesses before the knockout phase ties.
The Citizens are the main contenders even though they have never previously featured the Champions League final, let alone won the competition. It's Pep Guardiola's fourth season in the club and even though they've shown plenty of weaknesses so far in the season, they will no doubts be the team to watch in the upcoming months. The Spanish manager is about to go all-in for the much-wanted Champions League trophy as he has already lost the battle for the Premier League title to Liverpool.
Man City have been given the toughest draw possible for the last 16 round as they will face record 13-time champions Real Madrid for a place in the quarterfinal. Jumping above Los Blancos would be a massive confidence-booster for the Citizens who still have deadly weapons in their ranks in the likes of Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne. The problems may appear at the back if John Stones and Aymeric Laporte fail to recover for the crucial matches.
The reigning champions have plenty to hope for ahead of the knockout phase. Jurgen Klopp has found the winning formula as the Reds are unstoppable in this term of the Premier League. They won 24 and drew 1 of the opening 25 games of the season in the English top flight. Such a record has all but secured them the much-wanted domestic trophy as the team have a massive 22-point cushion at the top of the ladder. Moving forward, they carry plenty of positive feelings for Istanbul's Ataturk Stadium where the Reds pulled off an amazing comeback against Milan back in 2005 final (from 0-3 to 3-3, victory on penalties).
It is very hard to find this team's weak side as the phenomenal attacking trio (Salah, Mane, Firmino) is brilliantly complemented by the rock-solid defence led by arguably the best center-back in the world, Virgil van Dijk.
Barcelona were millimetres away from reaching the final last time around when they dropped a huge three-goal advantage to suffer a shocking elimination at the hands of the latter champions Liverpool. They will always be genuine contenders with Lionel Messi in the squad. The Catalans have gone through a turbulent period so far in the season and they've recently made a managerial change. Quique Setien will need some time to implement his ideas, but if he makes it count against Napoli, Blaugrana will no doubts be the team to beat in the last eight.
Much like Manchester City, the Ligue 1 champions are another serious contender even though they are yet to claim the inaugural title. Looking at the squad, they have the deadliest and the most talented attacking line-up in the competition with the likes of Neymar, Killian Mbappe and Mauro Icardi. Nevertheless, the team chemistry and the lack of experience in the crucial affairs may represent a huge obstacle. Les Parisiens will be heavily tested against Borussia Dortmund in the R16, but they are certainly capable of beating any opposition out there on their day.
The rest of the crew
Bayern Munich, Juventus and Real Madrid are continental heavyweights who can easily join the title quest. The Bavarians are scoring goals for fun with Robert Lewandowski leading their line. Bianconeri are always serious contenders, especially now with a superstar like Cristiano Ronaldo in their ranks, while nobody can underestimate the 13-time champions Real Madrid even though they did not shine in the group phase of the competition.