Champions League 2012-13: Predicting the Eight Quarterfinalists

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Champions League 2012-13: Predicting the Eight Quarterfinalists
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Euro 2012 may be the main topic of conversation in the world football community right now, but in less than a week the international competition will be over, and the focus will return to club football.

And when that shift takes place, inevitably the conversation will shift back to club football's greatest competition: UEFA's Champions League.

Last year, Chelsea defied the odds to beat both Barcelona and Bayern Munich on their path to the Champions League title, but with the loss of hero Didier Drogba and all the personnel changes at Stamford Bridge, will they be able to compete for the title again?

Meanwhile, the usual contenders will be hungry for another shot at the crown. Real Madrid finally won La Liga under Jose Mourinho, leaving the Champions League as the only trophy left for them to claim.

Barcelona won neither trophy for the first time under Pep Guardiola, and the world waits to see what they'll produce under the stewardship of Tito Villanova.

Finally, Bayern Munich, who heartbreakingly lost the Champions League final on penalty kicks, will be eager to make amends for their past failures.

How many of last year's semifinalists will make this year's quarterfinals, and who will join them? Read on to find out.

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