Champions League: Why Barcelona Are Now Favorites

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Champions League: Why Barcelona Are Now Favorites
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Eight teams. Five nations. Four ties. One dream. The draw for this season's Champions League quarter-finals generates that sort of feel you get when it's the last eight of a World Cup or Euro Championship: The eyes of the world fixed on every kick of every tie as the continent's best square up.

This year's quarter-finals have a bit of everything and enough potential material and sub plots to keep script writers occupied for months.

The romance of Malaga against the clinical relentlessness Dortmund. 

Mourinho's fitful Madrid against the survivors of Galatasaray, complete with the Special One's old totem Didier Drogba. 

The sheer glamour of PSG with their brand and their brio facing Barcelona, now back in touch with their former beauty, and, arguably, the most fascinating of all the ties sees brilliant Bayern Munich take on the most redoubtable of Old Ladies, Juventus.

Picking a favourite to lift the Champions League trophy is a formidable task.

Before the draw was made I would have probably stuck my money on Bayern, just ahead of Barcelona. 

Now, though, with the lineup for the last eight known, I'm shifting it to the Catalans and here's why.

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