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Liverpool, Chelsea and Man City’s chances of Champions League glory this season

Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea are all gunning for Champions League glory having progressed to the quarter-final stage.

Premier League teams make up three of the eight sides left in the competition with the draw for the last-eight to be held on Friday.

Liverpool are by far the most successful English team when it comes to the European stage, with just one Champions League title between Manchester City and Chelsea.

Though with the likes of Real Madrid, PSG, and Bayern Munich still in the competition, you’re going to need to beat the best to be the best.

And Daily Star Sport have looked at the chances for the English team as the final stages of the competition edge nearer.

Manchester City

Top of the Premier League and on current form, the favourites for the competition.

Manchester City have never won the competition and it seems to be hanging over Pep Guardiola’s head.

He had won it while with Barcelona but is yet to bring the ultimate glory to the Etihad.

With the Premier League pretty much wrapped up, Guardiola is likely to protect his biggest stars, allowing them to shine on the European stage.

Though they have found life tough in recent years when coming up against teams more clinical in possession than they are used to.

Guardiola will perhaps be buoyed by the strength in John Stones and Ruben Dias’s partnership, while his large squad does allow City to compete on all fronts.

But they will have to get their previous failures out of their mind if they are to even reach a final for the first time.

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  • Liverpool

    Winners in 2019, Liverpool seem to be a different beast in the Champions League compared to the Premier League this season.

    The pressure is off the Reds in Europe and they perhaps benefitted from not having to play at Anfield in their last-16 win over RB Leipzig.

    Should the quarter-finals revert to traditional home and away legs, Jurgen Klopp may be worrying given the current home form.

    Issues in defence may be of concern too should the Reds come up against a free-flowing PSG or Bayern Munich.

    But Klopp has that winning experience having reached two successive finals, winning the second of them.

    They are currently the fourth favourites, but it would be foolish to ever write off the reigning Premier League champions.

    The return of Diogo Jota is certainly a big boost, while Jordan Henderson may return from injury after the international break.

    There seems like there is still plenty left to come from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, and on their day, the Reds certainly have the firepower to blow any team away.

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    Chelsea

    Thomas Tuchel guided PSG to the Champions League final last year and is unbeaten in his 13 games as Chelsea manager.

    PSG were beaten 1-0 by Bayern Munich in last year’s showpiece, and the Blues may end up with a similar concern.

    While strong at the back, Chelsea have not been exactly free-flowing going forward under Tuchel.

    And with the talent on display in the Champions League, it was proven to the German that one goal can be enough.

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    But it is often said that defences win championships and the Blues are certainly solid at the back.

    They also managed to put three past Atletico Madrid across two legs and will surely take confidence from that success.

    Hakim Ziyech impressed in the second leg while fellow summer signings Timo Werner and Kai Havertz also played a key role in the opening goal.

    Chelsea may just prove to be the team that others want to avoid.

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