The list of teams in the UCL is slimming. We are now down to the last eight. Which player will lead their side to glory?
Sure, you have "Castrol Rankings", but who truly does the most for their team? Who scores vital goals, sets up plays, and builds up the team when they are down?
The teams left are as follows (in no particular order):
- Internazionale Milano
- Manchester United FC
- FC Barcelona
- Olympique Lyonnais
- Arsenal FC
- FC Girondins de Bordeaux
- FC Bayern München
- PFC CSKA Moskva
So out of these remaining teams, who are the quality players who's performances will make the difference?
Inter's standout players in the round of 16 were Sneijder and Eto'o . Sneijder was the man of the occasion, and almost single-handedly broke down Chelsea's defenses. On the end of his brilliant balls was Eto'o, who had the finishing to match.
United man of the moment would have to be Wayne Rooney , who has been in unstoppable form so far this season. Out of the tie with AC Milan he scored four, enough said.
Where do you start with FC Barcelona? Messi has been mesmerising, but you have to feel that Xavi deserves just as much credit. He sets the standard of play, and it is often through him that Messi and Barcelona play. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has also shown why Guardiola bought him, scoring goals when Barcelona really needed them.
Olympique Lyonnais were the under dogs against Madrid, but they truly showed that money can't buy good football. They boosted there team during the pre-season, but not nearly as much as Madrid, yet they still taught Madrid a footballing lesson.
Their main standout player would have to be Miralem Pjanic , who crushed all chance of Madrid coming back. The 20-year-old sent them on their way, out of the Champions League for another year.
Arsenal FC had the easiest of all teams in the group stage, but came up against FC Porto in the Round of 16—a team that pushed Manchester United to their limits last year.
Fabregas has been in exceptional form this year. He does everything from scoring goals to setting up assists, and controlling the play. Arshavin and Nasri have had moments of brilliance as well, and both stepped up when Cesc was injured...and Arsenal ended up winning 5-0.
Yoann Gourcuff is the heart and soul of FC Girondins de Bordeaux. He is their play maker. He is everywhere, and has lead Bordeaux to greatness in France. Marouane Chamakh has been the spearhead of FCGB's attack, and without his crucial goal against Olympiakos, he and his teammates might not be in the Quarter Finals.
Bayern has got one man to thank for getting them into the last eight in Europe: Arjen Robben . With a narrow, lucky win over Fiorentina in the first leg, Robben provided an amazing long range drive to confirm Bayern München's progression in the competition.
In a hard fought two legged tie between CSKA Moskva and Sevilla, Miloš Krasić and Tomáš Necid put on great performances, and they stayed in control, but it was Keisuke Honda's free-kick that led to the Russian team progressing through to the next round.
2010's Champions League Quarter Finals have set in motion some epic battles, and now all we can do is enjoy.
The world's greatest stars are going head-to-head. Who is the best?
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