Kylian Mbappe’s hat-trick showed that the passing of the torch from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo may have already occurred this season.
But while the Argentine’s hopes of progressing in the tournament with Barcelona appear to be all but over, with Ronald Koeman admitting as much, Ronaldo will hope to guide Juventus deep into the competition in pursuit of a Champions League triumph with a third different club after inspiring both Manchester United and Real Madrid before linking up with the Old Lady in Turin.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have been weathering a storm this season, but Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane dragged them to a vital victory over Leipzig to set them on course for a place in the final eight. While Manchester City continue to be fancied by many to finally break through in Europe, with their tie against Borussia Monchengladbach expected to be straight forward.
Chelsea, meanwhile, having changed managers from Frank Lampard to Thomas Tuchel, who fell short with PSG to champions Bayern Munich in last year’s final, with La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid up next in one of the most compelling ties at this stage.
Here are the latest odds to win the Champions League, courtesy of Betfair:
Uefa Champions League 2020/21 winner odds
Man City: 11/4
Bayern Munich: 10/3
Atletico Madrid: 14/1
Real Madrid: 16/1
Borussia Dortmund: 16/1
RB Leipzig: 150/1
Borussia Monchengladbach: 200/1