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Ranking Real Madrid's potential opponents in the Champions League Quarterfinals

Who should Real be worried about?

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Everything is ready for the Champions League Quarterfinals Draw that will decide Real Madrid's fate in this year's edition of the European competition. The Champions League represents Real's only chance of winning a title this season and the players are reportedly looking forward to play again, meaning that the remaining Liga BBVA games will become more and more meaningless as time goes by.

Here's what Real should hope for in Friday's draw.

  1. Benfica: Keep in mind that every team will be dangerous, but Benfica is arguably the weakest team in the draw. They have a two-point lead in the Portuguese league and players like Nico Gaitán or Jonas could still be problematic for Los Blancos, but there's no doubt that Real would be the favorites in a potential tie against the eagles.
  2. Wolfsburg: The German side have a very decent team with stars like Ricardo Rodríguez or Julian Draxler. However, they are not playing up to the expectations in the German Bundesliga and are currently sitting in the 8th spot in the table. They should be manageable.
  3. Manchester City: That's right. They have plenty of stars but they are not a solid team -- something quite familiar... --. Pellegrini will be gone at the end of the season and most City fans are probably looking forward to the Pep Guardiola era to start.
  4. Atlético de Madrid: Real Madrid always struggle against their city rivals and lost in their last meeting. They are very tough to beat in a two-game tie but Simeone's strikers appear to have lost some confidence and they will always give Madrid the ball and the chance to dominate.
  5. PSG: The French side are playing very good football this season and have already conquered the Ligue 1 title. This will allow them to prepare the Champions League games more efficiently and also with more confidence. Real Madrid had the edge against them over two games in the Group Stage but they will be very dangerous going forward.
  6. FC Bayern: Guardiola and his men have not been as impressive as a couple of seasons ago, but you know the Spanish manager will have something in mind to dismantle Real Madrid if the draw pairs both teams. Real will be forced to play through counterattacks.
  7. FC Barcelona: They have a 12-point lead to Real Madrid in the Liga BBVA table and managed to beat Real 0-4 in the Bernabéu. Los Blancos are not ready to face them right now.

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