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5 things we learned from this week's UCL action

The UCL is back with its usual thrills.

Top 5 / Top 10 10 Mar 2018, 02:31 IST

Real Madrid v Club Atletico de Madrid - UEFA Champions League Final
Eyes on the prize - every European footballing giant craves for it

Champions league football was back this week and wow! Although some results turned out as expected, there were still a few surprises such as Manchester City's home leg defeat to FC Basel.

Whilst the usual suspects such as Real Madrid and Juventus marched on to the quarterfinals, Liverpool also managed to do that after a wait of 9 years.

Here are 5 things we learned during the UCL action this week:

#5 Real Madrid sends a clear message

Cristiano Ronaldo is back.
Cristiano Ronaldo is back.

Although Real have received a lot of flak for their under-performance domestically, when it comes to the UCL, none can seemingly match their might.

This will be Real's eighth consecutive quarterfinal appearance, only Barcelona can boast of a better track record than them (nine to be precise). Moreover, Los Blancos's march for an unprecedented 3rd consecutive Champions league title came at the expense of PSG, another favourite to lift the coveted trophy this term, which makes their achievement quite laudable.

By eliminating the mighty Parisians, Real Madrid have sent out a clear message, that none should underestimate them when it comes to the Champions league, even if they are having an indifferent season domestically this term. This is Real's last chance for a major silverware this season and they will fight tooth and nails for this no matter who the opponent turns out to be.

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