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- Record holders of the tournament, Real Madrid, will be gunning for yet another European glory after winning the competition last season
- The first legs of the quarter-final matches will take place on April 11 and 12
- All eight teams will be vying for a place in the final in Istanbul, which takes place on June 10
A supercomputer has assessed the chances of the remaining teams in the Champions League following the quarterfinal draw.
The eight contenders for Europe's premier club competition discovered their quarterfinal fate as the draw occurred on Friday, March 17, in Nyon, Switzerland.
Reigning champions Real Madrid were drawn against 2021 winners Chelsea in the quarter-finals, while Manchester City are set to play Bayern Munich in their last-eight tie, per SkySports.
In the other half of the draw, there will be an all-Italian derby in the quarter-finals as Serie A champions AC Milan face current league leaders SSC Napoli, while Inter Milan will take on Portuguese outfit Benfica.
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Supercomputer's Champions League prediction
A supercomputer has now projected the chances of each club annexing the big-eared trophy, per Tribuna.
Man City - 28% chance
The artificial intelligence predictor pegs the chances of Manchester City above 50 per cent. According to the projection, Pep Guardiola's charges have a 57 per cent chance of reaching the semi-finals and a 28 per cent opportunity of winning the elusive trophy missing from their trophy cabinet.
Bayern Munich - 18% chance
The German giants have had a flawless campaign this time, winning all matches in the build-up to the last eight of the competition, including brushing PSG aside in the previous round.
Bayern have a 43 per cent chance of bypassing Pep Guardiola's charges to reach the last four and an 18 per cent possibility of winning a seventh Champions League crown.
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Napoli - 17% chance
Serie A leaders, Napoli, have been tipped as dark horses to win the competition largely due to their relatively easy route to the final.
In what has been a fairytale season, Luciano Spalleti's swashbuckling side have a staggering 72 per cent prospect of reaching the semis with a 17 per cent chance of winning the Champions League.
Real Madrid - 13% chance
The defending champions have a relatively difficult route to defending their title in Istanbul.
Perhaps that explains their lower chances of winning the trophy, according to the supercomputer.
After dispatching Liverpool 6-2 over two legs, Los Blancos have a 63 per cent prospect of reaching the semifinals but just 13 per cent of winning the trophy.
Benfica - 10% chance
The Portuguese outfit appears to be the weakest side among the eight contenders on paper.
But you underrate Roger Schmidt's side at your own peril, having topped a group which housed Ligue 1 giants PSG and two-time winners Juventus.
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Despite boasting of the aforementioned stat, Benfica have a 57 per cent chance of making the semifinals and a ten per cent chance of winning the UCL.
Inter Milan - 6% chance
The Nerazurri are a completely unpredictable side but could spring a surprise to any opposition on their day.
Simone Inzaghi's men have reached the quarterfinals for the first time since 2011 and will be looking to build on their European momentum.
The three-time winner of the competition have a 44 per cent chance of getting to the last four and only a 6 per cent prospect of winning a fourth title.
Chelsea - 5% chance
Chelsea are on a renaissance and could defy the predictions of the supercomputer.
But they face an extremely difficult litmus test when they square off against the defending champions Real Madrid, a side that ousted Chelsea at the same stage last term.
Graham Potter's men have been given a 37 per cent chance of reaching the semis and a lowly 5 per cent prospect of scooping the Champions League.
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AC Milan - 3% chance
The seven-time champions have been a pale shadow of their former selves in Europe since 2007.
But Stefano Pioli's men, who won the Serie A last season, could fancy their chances of going all the way, particularly due to their objectively cheaper route.
Milan have a 28 per cent opportunity of getting to the last four and a paltry 3 per cent chance of winning the Champions League.