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UEFA Champions League: Power Ranking the Last Four

Karl MatchettFeatured Columnist IVOctober 10, 2016

UEFA Champions League: Power Ranking the Last Four

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    The UEFA Champions League quarter-final second legs have finished being played out, and we now know our four semi-finalists for this year.

    Some big names and big spenders fell at the last-eight hurdle, including Barcelona, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain. We're left with two teams from Spain and one each from England and Germany—including the current holders.

    Here are the last four teams and their power rankings after the quarter-finals.

4. Real Madrid

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    Real Madrid just about did enough to slip and slide their way past Borussia Dortmund in the quarter-finals, having conceded two first-half goals and missing a penalty in the second leg.

    It might have gone either way after the Spanish side looked utterly in control at the end of the first 90 minutes, but it got there in the end.

    Even so, third in its domestic table and not always looking entirely convincing when it does not hit top form, it will start the semi-finals as outsiders.

3. Bayern Munich

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    Last year's winners eventually surpassed and knocked out Manchester United, but it took them the best part of 150 minutes to do so.

    Only when United took the lead in the second leg did Bayern really up their game, immediately equalising and then staying on the front foot to record a 3-1 victory in the end.

    On their day unplayable and unbreakable, they'll dominate plenty of games, and the individuals in attack can certainly score goals, but you wonder how they might fare against extremely well-organised defensive sides such as the top two ranked teams here.

2. Chelsea

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    Chelsea produced a good comeback in their second leg against PSG, with Demba Ba's late goal giving them a 2-0 win on the night and a passage to the semis on away goals after a 3-3 draw on aggregate.

    The Premier League team was better over the two legs than its opponents and deserved to go through, mixing sturdy defensive play with some bright and inventive movement going forward.

    Jose Mourinho wants another Champions League title, and there are few managers better equipped to plan for victory over two games than the Portuguese manager.

1. Atletico Madrid

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    Atletico take their place at the top of our rankings, still unbeaten in the Champions League and having won every single home match in the competition this season.

    Again they kept a clean sheet at home, knocking out Barcelona with a 1-0 win on Wednesday after a 1-1 draw in the Camp Nou in the first leg.

    Diego Simeone has a solid defensive unit; creativity, invention and hard work in midfield; and once he's fit again, a great goalscorer in Diego Costa in attack. Atletico can very much win the Champions League, and they could be the most difficult opponents of all when the draw is made.

     

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