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UEFA Champions League Quarterfinals - Player Picks and Live Chat

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The UCL Quarterfinal round kicks off today in Lisbon. Europe’s final 8 kick off in four one-off fixtures for a spot in the semi-finals. Here are your Player Picks and join us on the live chat as we follow the action.

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All eyes on Neymar as PSG kick off the UCL Quarterfinal phase.
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Here we go!

The revamped UEFA Champions League tournament format sees eight teams kick off in Lisbon, Portugal in a mini knockout tournament to determine the Champions League winner of this season.

The revamped tournament features one-off matches on neutral grounds and winner take all battles to progress to the next phase. It’s sure to be an action packed next few days with everything on the line.

Here are the fixtures for the UCL Quarterfinal Phase:

Wednesday 12 August, 21:00 CET

Atalanta vs Paris, Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica

Thursday 13 August, 21:00 CET

Leipzig vs Atlético, Estádio José Alvalade

Friday 14 August, 21:00 CET

Barcelona vs Bayern, Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica

Saturday 15 August, 21:00 CET

Manchester City vs Lyon, Estádio José Alvalade

Here are your player picks for the Quarterfinal Round:

GOALKEEPERS:

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Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid)

Probably one of, if not the best goalkeeper in football. The Slovenian goalie will sit behind a fearsome Atletico back line that gives him every chance of registering a clean sheet with save points as well.

Ederson (Manchester City)

The Brazilian goalie has the most favorable tie in the round but will have his work cut out against a plucky Lyon outfit. Save points with the possibility of a clean sheet is what you’re getting here.

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DEFENDERS:

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Renan Lodi (Atletico Madrid)

Cheap as chips for the best defense left in the competition, the Brazilian wing back is a must for our UCL squads.

Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City)

The French back was imperious in the 2nd leg Round of 16 clash against Real Madrid and will look to lead from the back for Pep Guardiola’s men. He also carries a considerable goal threat from set pieces.

Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich)

He’s in our picks by virtue of Alfonso Davies classification as a midfielder in the UCL game, but he has all the tools to register big points on both ends against Barcelona.

Hans Hateboer (Atalanta)

Many are tipping Atalanta to spring a surprise against the French Champions and the wing back carries a huge goal threat that could turn the tie in the Italians favor.

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MIDFIELDERS:

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Raheem Sterling

The English attacker delivered on his promise against Real Madrid with an all important opening goal and should be in the thick of the action against Lyon.

Kevin De Bruyne

If Manchester City are going to stake a claim for the trophy with the big ears, it will be the Belgian midfielder who will take center stage. Goals and assists sure to follow.

Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid)

Injured for a huge part of the UCL campaign, the Portuguese prodigy will relish the opportunity to pick up where he left off against Leipzig.

Thomas Mueller (Bayern Munich)

The veteran German attacker loves the big occasions, and it doesn’t come any bigger than Barcelona in a one-off tie for all the marbles.

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FORWARDS:

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Who else? Lionel Messi tops our list of strikers for the UCL Quarterfinals.
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Lionel Messi (Barcelona)

The Argentinian wizard dismissed the doubts over Barcelona with a scintillating show in the 2nd leg Round of 16 victory over Napoli. He will look to torment the Bayern defense for Quique Setien’s men in what promises to be a mouthwatering tie.

Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

The Polish striker scored a merciless double against Chelsea in the Round of 16 2nd leg and will look to do the same against Barca as he chases the goalscoring record.

Mauro Icardi (PSG)

The injury to Kylian Mbappe and absence of soon to depart Edinson Cavani leaves Mauro Icardi to shoulder the goalscoring burden against Atalanta in what should be an open footballing affair.

Duvan Zapata (Atalanta)

The absence of Josep Ilicic leaves the goalscoring burden to the Colombian powerhouse striker for their historic Quarterfinal tie against PSG.

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Have you made your transfers for the Quarterfinal round of matches?? Whom do you think will qualify for the Semi finals? Do you still have chips and when do you plan to use them? Let us know in the comments.