Rated! Updated power rankings for the 16 teams left in the Champions League... and who we think might win it
2014-15: Didn’t qualify • 2015-16: Group stage • 2016-17: Lost to Leicester in last 16
Next opponent: Man United (First leg: Wednesday 21 Feb)
Wissam Ben Yedder thrived in the group stage, netting six goals, but inadequate support for the former futsal star buried Sevilla’s hopes of pipping Liverpool to top spot. Jesus Navas and Nolito have both disappointed since swapping English benches for Spanish fields, Clement Lenglet and Guido Pizarro have lacked discipline, while Steven N’Zonzi reportedly wants out.
For last 16 opponents Manchester United, canny composer Ever Banega, attacking midfielder Joaquin Correa and striker Luis Muriel (as an impact substitute against tired legs) are cause for concern. Familiar faces will be available to new boss Vincenzo Montella, too, with Sandro Ramirez and Roque Mesa both joining on loan from Everton and Swansea respectively. But United are rightly still overwhelming favourites - particularly after the Spanish club's rotten start to February, which involved a 5-1 La Liga thumping at Eibar.
2014-15: Lost to PSG in last 16 • 2015-16: Lost to PSG in last 16 • 2016-17: Didn’t qualify
Next opponent: Barcelona (First leg: Tuesday 20 February)
Things have obviously changed since the draw was made last year. Chelsea emerged from their group relatively impressively, but have sunk into chaos since. Antonio Conte is almost at war with his own board, his midfield has melted in front of his eyes, and nobody is sure when Alvaro Morata will return from injury. Conte has also lost his find of the season Andreas Christensen, whose injury has forced the recall of David Luiz and created a palpable uncertainty in the defence.
Unless something dramatically changes in the next week, Chelsea look unlikely to cause Barcelona many problems.
2014-15: Group stage • 2015-16: Lost to Real Madrid in last 16 • 2016-17: Didn’t qualify
Next opponent: Shakhtar Donetsk (First leg: Wednesday 21 Feb)
Roma were not expected to escape a group comprising Atletico Madrid and Chelsea, let alone win it. They did so and won't be disappointed to have Shakhtar Donetsk as their reward. Yet in the long run, equalling their finest European Cup/Champions League campaign – they were losing finalists in 1984 – looks a pipe dream.
Roma didn’t use the €77m they got for Mo Salah and Antonio Rudiger on replacing them, and devoid of the Egyptian express they lack an outstanding creator to supply ever-reliable frontman Edin Dzeko - who, in spite of serious interest from Chelsea, has remained at the club. Aleksandar Kolarov is still capable in defence and Diego Perotti is a crafty player. Radja Nainggolan remains one of the finest midfielders on the continent, but his relationship with the club has become strained and, even if they get past Shakhtar, the Giallorossi have too many weak players for the elite teams they will eventually encounter.
2014-15: Lost to Barcelona in final • 2015-16: Lost to Bayern Munich in last 16 • 2016-17: Lost to Real Madrid in final
Next opponent: Tottenham (First leg: Tuesday 13 Feb)
Juventus looked disorientated defensively at the start of this season following the departure of Leonardo Bonucci, but they’ve been far sturdier in the Champions League, keeping clean sheets at home to Barcelona and away to Milan, Napoli and Olympiakos. Their domestic form has also improved: Juve have not lost a game since the 3-2 defeat to Sampdoria in late November.
Miralem Pjanic, Juan Cuadrado and Douglas Costa (who has finally got going after a forgettable start) all create, while Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain have 28 goals between them in Serie A. However overall, Juventus look a slightly weaker side than the one that got to the Champions League final last season, and could be without the injured Dybala and influential midfielder Blaise Matuidi for the tie with Tottenham. If they get past Spurs, they'll be in with a shout, but Mauricio Pochettino's team will be a handful for an underpowered, ageing side.