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UEFA Champions League Prediction 2021: Rating each team's chance of winning the tournament

Shambhu Ajith
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Modified 05 Apr 2021
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#6 Chelsea - 5/10

Chelsea FC v Atletico Madrid - UEFA Champions League Round Of 16 Leg Two
Chelsea FC v Atletico Madrid - UEFA Champions League Round Of 16 Leg Two

Undefeated in 14 games across all competitions ever since Thomas Tuchel took charge, Chelsea's honeymoon phase could stay intact for longer. They've got a relatively easy Champions League fixture against Porto but Tuchel won't take them lightly after what they did to Juventus.

However, Chelsea seem assured at the back and have tidied up over the past couple of months. Chelsea beat Atletico Madrid, one of the most formidable sides in Europe, in the Round of 16 and they did that quite comprehensively.

However, Chelsea need their attackers to start firing on all cylinders as otherwise, they won't be able to measure up to the kind of quality that the rest of the competition will be able to showcase.

#5 Liverpool - 6/10

RB Leipzig v Liverpool FC - UEFA Champions League Round Of 16 Leg One
RB Leipzig v Liverpool FC - UEFA Champions League Round Of 16 Leg One

Despite being one of the strongest performers in Europe over the past few seasons, Liverpool are not being viewed as strong contenders this time around. Their form at home in the Premier League has been awful of late. Injuries to their three main centre-backs have weakened Jurgen Klopp's unit greatly as well.

Liverpool will be looking to exact revenge on their quarter-final opponents Real Madrid for the 3-1 defeat in the Champions League final of 2017-18. Real Madrid could be a tricky proposition and though Diogo Jota is back and looking like he has not missed a beat, the form of the other attackers is suspect.

#4 Real Madrid - 6/10

Real Madrid v Atalanta - UEFA Champions League Round Of 16 Leg Two
Real Madrid v Atalanta - UEFA Champions League Round Of 16 Leg Two

Real Madrid beat Atalanta in comprehensive fashion to advance to the quarter-finals. Zinedine Zidane and co. have more experience than anybody remaining in the competition on how to win these things. That's exactly what they'll be banking on as they take on Liverpool in the quarter-finals.

Los Blancos have also been in good form of late, winning nine of their last 11 matches. The likes of Karim Benzema and Marco Asensio have been in good goalscoring form and they will be hoping to draw confidence from their superior record over English clubs in the knockout stages going into the game against Liverpool.

It's a difficult road to the UEFA Champions League title from here but it is so for everyone but only one side has an abundance of experience on how to navigate it and that's Real Madrid.

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