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Champions League 2017/18: Ranking the 8 quarter-finalists

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Juventus v Real Madrid - UEFA Champions League Final
Are Madrid
once again?

The final eight of this season's Champions League are set. The round of 16 offered some interesting matchups as Neymar's Paris-Saint Germain faced Cristiano Ronaldo's Real Madrid, Juventus clashed against this season's European high-flyers Tottenham and Barcelona renewed their rivalry with Chelsea.

Liverpool, Manchester City, and Bayern Munich effectively finished their ties in the first leg itself while AS Roma had a thrilling contest against Shakhtar Donetsk over two legs. Sevilla turned on their European form of recent years to stun Manchester United at Old Trafford as every other fixture saw the team with higher revenue go through.

Now, every team realizes they are two steps away from reaching the final in Kyiv and each team holds a good to decent chance of winning Europe'a top-tier club tournament. However, few teams are better-placed than the others due to several reasons ranging from quality to experience to winning mentality.

So, take a look at the 8 teams ranked in order of their chances to win the tournament irrespective of their opponents in the upcoming rounds.

#8 AS Roma

AS Roma v Shakhtar Donetsk - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg
Roma are genuine outsiders to win the tournament

The least-fancied team going into the quarterfinals, AS Roma have mostly flown under the radar so far. The Italian side topped a tricky group consisting of Atletico Madrid and Chelsea, where the other two were expected to go through. Then, they battled a 2-1 loss in the first leg of the round of 16 against Shakhtar Donetsk to win 1-0 in the second leg and move ahead in the competition.

Eusebio de Francesco's side have hit form in recent weeks, winning five out of their last six league games. Further, they are a good team with highly-rated Alisson Becker in goal and seasoned veteran, Edin Dzeko, leading the line. The entire team is sprinkled with quality and experience in the right amounts and yet, they have the least odds to win the coveted trophy.

Despite being a decent footballing side, the capital club do not possess the European pedigree associated with the other clubs on this list and this could come back to haunt them in crunch moments. Thus, AS Roma come in at the tail end of this list.

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