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Champions League predictions: Lionel Messi drags Barcelona through, Manchester City sail into semi-finals

Europe's premier club competition reaches the quarter-final stage and we take out our crystal ball to see who makes the last four

After a coronavirus-enforced extended tournament, we are now down to the final eight of the Champions League – a mammoth 414 days after the first preliminary qualifying round match.

And, also due to the pandemic, the quarter-finals will be decided during a whirlwind four games in as many days in Lisbon, with the usual two legs discarded for one knockout match.

Benfica's Estadio da Luz will host two games, with Atalanta against Paris Saint-Germain taking place on Wednesday, then a potentially epic battle between Barcelona and Bayern Munich on Friday.

The other two games kick-off at Sporting Lisbon's Estadio Jose Alvalade and sees RB Leipzig take on Atletico Madrid on Thursday, followed by Manchester City versus Lyon on Saturday.

Whoever is victorious in that latter match will take on the winner of Barca and Bayern in the last four next Wednesday, at the Estadio Jose Alvalade. The other semi-final will be at the Estadio da Luz on Tuesday.

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Updated: August 12, 2020 11:30 PM