Ranking the Top 8 Contenders for Champions League Glory

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Ranking the Top 8 Contenders for Champions League Glory
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Four games into the Champions League group stages, the winners and losers of each group are already becoming apparent. Picking a winner from the early front-runners, on the other hand, is a different matter altogether. 

Many of the usual suspects—the pre-tournament favourites—have hit their stride in the opening phase. With two games to go, these teams already have the luxury of knowing qualification is assured or just a handful of points away.

Other teams we may not have expected to figure so highly have come flying out of the blocks, and they deserve to be recognised as possible candidates. 

Which of the early heavyweights have impressed so far, though? Who doesn't have the legs to stay the course? Here, the top eight sides in the opening rounds have been ranked, in terms of who is most likely to be celebrating come May 2014. 

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