Champions League 2014: Best and Worst Quarter-Final Draws for Each Club

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Champions League 2014: Best and Worst Quarter-Final Draws for Each Club
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Manchester United and Chelsea make up England's contingent in the Champions League quarter-finals, with three representatives from La Liga.

Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid all sit in the hat for the draw, while Germany have Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in contention.

Paris Saint-Germain have also qualified for the final eight, making for a star-studded lineup as the draw gets underway on March 21.

Let's take a look at who each side may or may not want to face.

 

Manchester United 

Best: Borussia Dortmund 

Worst: Barcelona

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Manchester United edged through after overcoming a two-goal deficit against Olympiakos, thanks to a hat-trick from Robin van Persie.

Potential opponents this time come with a high pedigree, so United will be looking to face a side with defensive cracks.

Step forward, Borussia Dortmund, who have kept just one clean sheet in this year's competition, per WhoScored.com. They are also without Robert Lewandowski for the first leg due to suspension.

Jurgen Klopp's side have scored 16 goals across their eight games, so United's defence will have to prove more solid if they are to progress, but few teams will appeal more than Dortmund.

Moyes' men certainly won't want to see Barcelona after defeats in the finals of 2009 and 2011.

 

Chelsea 

Best: Manchester United 

Worst: Atletico Madrid

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Jose Mourinho's men found their feet at Stamford Bridge to record a 3-1 aggregate win over Galatasaray.

However, they have scored just 14 goals so far and just six from strikers, according to WhoScored. This could make for a tricky test if the side are placed with Atletico Madrid, who have conceded just four goals across the competition so far per WhoScored.

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Chelsea may favour a short trip to Manchester United, against whom they have remained undefeated this season, beating them comfortably at Stamford Bridge.

Speaking following a press conference, Mourinho told that he has no preference for a quarter-final opponent, per Sky Sports.

“We wait for the draw. It doesn't matter who. All the big candidates to win the competition. Welcome to any one of them. It will be good for our evolution as a team to play the best,” Mourinho said.

With a fixture pile-up and title hopes, a trip to Manchester would certainly be more beneficial than a jaunt abroad.

 

Barcelona 

Best: Borussia Dortmund 

Worst: Real Madrid

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Barcelona could yet win the treble this season and would best suit an opponent that would struggle against their passing style.

With Liga and Copa del Rey matches against Real Madrid, the Catalan club may be better suited to a team who aren't well versed in their style.

Like Manchester United, Gerardo Martino's side would likely prefer to exploit Dortmund's defensive frailties. Dortmund rely upon quick transitions of play, something that is difficult against a team who keep the ball as well as Barca.

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A double-header against United may also suit Barcelona, who would fancy their chances of exposing a defence that was ripped open by Olympiakos on several occasions in both legs.

Barca have played United four times in the last six years, losing just once and bagging two victories, according to SoccerBase.com.

 

Real Madrid

Best: Chelsea 

Worst: Bayern Munich

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Similarly to Barcelona, Real are harbouring dreams of recording a treble this season.

Madrid's best attribute this season has been their attack, as they've scored 29 goals while conceding only seven, per WhoScored.

A trip to Chelsea, who opt for a lone striker, may be best for Los Blancos, as both Eto'o and Fernando Torres have scored just three goals each in this year's tournament.

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Madrid have had mixed results in England, with wins over Spurs and United, draws at City and Arsenal and a 4-0 defeat at Liverpool since 2006, per EuroCupsHistory.com.

Bayern Munich could offer the strongest test to Jose Mourinho's side, though, with their balanced, attacking style of play.

Real's attacking prowess largely profits the side against weaker defences, but up against Daniel van Buyten and Jerome Boateng, Ronaldo and Co. would face a much stronger test.

 

Atletico Madrid

Best: Paris Saint-Germain 

Worst: Barcelona

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Defensively compact, Atletico will provide stern opposition to any side and will give most strikers a run for their money.

Paris Saint-Germain have a formidable strike rate, having scored 22 goals so far, led by the mercurial Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

But after matches against Olympiakos, Benfica, Anderlecht and Bayer Leverkusen, Atletico would represent a much stronger test for the Ligue 1 club.

The intensity of Atletico's game, led by the fierce figure of Diego Costa, would threaten to prove too much for France's big spenders, and Thiago Silva and Alex certainly wouldn't get an easy time in PSG's back four.

However, the side may hope to avoid Barcelona, having not beaten the Catalan club in their last nine attempts, per SoccerBase, with their last win in February 2010.

 

Bayern Munich

Best: Borussia Dortmund 

Worst: Barcelona

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Last year's Champions League winners find themselves in this year's quarter-finals and could yet face last year's runners-up, Borussia Dortmund.

Judging by Bundesliga standings alone, the gulf has only grown between those two sides, so an all-German affair would favour the reigning champions.

Bayern are the favourites, and with good reason. Their goals come from everywhere, with Thomas Mueller netting four and Arjen Robben, Mario Gotze and Franck Ribery all hitting three so far.

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With the club's 7-0 aggregate win over Barcelona in last year's semi-final in mind, Guardiola would be fancied to inflict yet more pain on his former club.

But Martino's side will certainly be looking for revenge of their own if drawn with the German side and could prove a tricky homecoming for the former boss.

 

Borussia Dortmund

Best: Manchester United 

Worst: Bayern Munich

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Lewandowski is suspended for the first leg after picking up a booking, as Dortmund limped into the quarter-finals with a 5-4 aggregate win over Zenit St Petersburg.

The 2-1 home defeat in the second leg against the Russian outfit highlighted the club's lack of resolve this season, with many looking at Dortmund as the perfect opponent, as tweeted by Michael Owen:

Klopp's men may face their best chance of progressing if drawn against Manchester United, who look equally fragile at the back this term.

However, with a 3-0 defeat against Bayern already this season, the club will hope to avoid their German counterparts this time around.

 

Paris Saint-Germain

Best: Barcelona 

Worst: Chelsea

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Paris Saint-Germain—and Ibrahimovic—have looked in excellent form in this year's European competition.

The big-spending French champions have plenty of firepower, with the Swedish striker bagging 10 goals in addition to four from Edinson Cavani, per WhoScored.

Laurent Blanc's men will be hoping to progress into the semi-final and could be best placed to do that in Spain.

Barcelona edged past PSG on away goals in last year's quarter-finals, and with stern opposition from all quarters, Blanc's side could be gunning for revenge across both legs.

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PSG's best attribute is their attack, with power from former Barcelona man Ibrahimovic that could torment Gerard Pique and Javier Mascherano.

The club won't want to see Chelsea, though, whose steely resolve under Mourinho has made them a real force in the competition.

Despite having a lack of strikers, the side eased to victory against Galatasaray and made quick work of a menacing attack as the five-man midfield dominated the match.

Something similar could happen to PSG, so Blanc will be hoping to avoid the Blues at all costs.

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