With the Champions League knock-out stage complete, we turn our attentions to the draw for the Quarter Finals, where things start getting interesting.
There is no seeding from this stage of the competition onwards, and clubs from the same national association can potentially be drawn against each other. Another El Clasico perhaps?
UEFA's House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland will once again provide the backdrop to the draw, with representatives of all eight remaining clubs in-situ to await their fate.
Just two rounds of football now separate the participants of the draw from a place in the final of European football's most prestigious club competition. And with all to play for, there will be keen eyes cast in UEFA's direction come draw time.
Date: Friday 21 March
Time: 11 a.m. GMT/7 a.m. ET
Live Stream: UEFA.com
A list of the remaining teams is below together with a more detailed look at the chances for three of them to progress into the Semi Finals.
|Barcelona||Real Madrid||Chelsea||Paris Saint Germain|
|Bayern Munich||Atletico Madrid||Manchester United||Borussia Dortmund|
Poor old Tata Martino.
According to Sky Sports, there are no guarantees the Argentine will be at Camp Nou beyond the end of the current season, which must surely be unsettling for the playing staff.
And yet, against the backdrop of constant media pressure over his tenure, Martino has still presided over a successful campaign thus far.
We must not forget that when the Catalans pitched up in Manchester there was a general feeling that it was the old guard turning over to the new boys in town.
That Barca then proceeded to outplay the Citizens over both legs, per WhoScored.com, is an indicator that there is life in the old Blaugrana dog yet.
At this point, Martino is still to lose in the "big" games this season, displaying a tactical acumen as good as any of his contemporaries.
Add that to a squad who have qualified for this stage of the competition a record seven years in a row and you have a wealth of experience to safely negotiate passage into the next round.
And of course Barcelona have Lionel Messi.
Pep Guardiola's title holders remain the tournament favourites and with good reason.
And it's very clear where the Bavarians threat lies.
In just the last eight games, Bayern have scored an astonishing 29 goals whilst conceding only four.
As with his tenure in Catalonia, Guardiola has got his team dominating possession of the ball and Phillip Lahm in particular has been a revelation in midfield alongside the likes of Thiago Alcantara and the effervescent Toni Kroos.
Often noted for their own passing game, Arsenal were completely outplayed in the knockout round. It would be a brave man who bet against the Germans becoming the first team to defend the trophy on the Champions League era.
There simply isn't a weak link in this machine-like footballing behemoth.
Cristiano Ronaldo might have something to say about another Bayern success, as he single-handedly sets about breaking yet more records.
Already on 12 for this Champions League campaign, he needs only two more to tie with Lionel Messi on most goals in a season in this competition.
Add an absolute need for Real Madrid to finally take home "La Decima" to Ronaldo's own personal crusade, and you have the entire club intent on going all the way.
Alongside Ronaldo, both Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale are enjoying fine seasons themselves, and the "BBC" will take some stopping.
If one doesn't score, you're almost certain to find them assisting the other, per WhoScored.
In more good news, Carlo Ancelotti has been an experienced head and calming influence since his arrival at the Santiago Bernabeu, with the more divisive Jose Mourinho now a distant memory.
The Italian has also brought the style back to Madrid and has his troops playing in the best traditions of the club.
A 31-game unbeaten run in all competitions speaks for itself, and no team will hold any fears for the Spaniards.