Wednesday will see the beginning of a novel miniature version of the Champions League knockout stage, with eight teams just three victories away from winning the most prestigious crown the continent has to offer.
Lisbon will play host to every single match left in the tournament, with two of the larger stadiums in the Portuguese capital offering their services.
There are already two defined routes to the showpiece final in Lisbon, and early on there is a belief that Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain are the most likely teams to lift the trophy in August.
Spain has two representatives left in the form of Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, although the Catalan giants face a behemoth clash with Bayern Munich in the quarter-final.
Interestingly, only one previous winner of the competition will be present in the semi-final, with only Barcelona and Bayern Munich having touched the trophy before.
However, before the remaining six teams can even dream of a first Champions League triumph in their history, they must focus on their quarter-final opponents, with the first round of matches in Portugal promising some intriguing ties.
Atalanta vs PSG (August 12)
The first match in the quarter-final will be between the mega-rich French champions and an Atalanta side that has captured the imagination of neutrals the world over.
Kylian Mbappe faces a race against time to be fit for the match on Wednesday, yet even without him it’s clear that Thomas Tuchel’s charges are favourites for the tournament. Yet, it would be foolish to discount the free-scoring Italian team, who will be a constant threat for 90 minutes.
RB Leipzig vs Atletico Madrid (August 13)
Despite an awful start to the season, Atletico Madrid finished incredibly strongly, going unbeaten in the league once competition resumed. Many, thus, see the 2019/20 Champions League as Diego Simeone’s best chance to finally get his hands on the trophy, after coming so heart-wrenchingly close on two previous occasions.
Progress past Liverpool with a home win and a win at Anfield has given Los Colchoneros new life in the competition, and they are in fact on what you would consider as the simpler side of the draw.
RB Leipzig can’t be underestimated after they embarrassed Jose Mourinho and Tottenham Hotspur in the previous round, but they will lack firepower after Timo Werner left for Chelsea.
Barcelona vs Bayern Munich (August 14)
Lionel Messi will head the Blaugrana’s charge against what is the best team Bayern Munich have had since Pep Guardiola’s time at the Allianz Arena.
Hansi Flick has totally freed up a team that was in danger of falling away again under Niko Kovac’s stewardship, and his use of Alphonso Davies has turned the German club into one of the most efficient and watchable teams in Europe.
Robert Lewandowski has had the best season of his career, with goals coming freely for the Polish star, and Barcelona’s defensive frailties are a concern ahead of facing up to such an in-form forward.
Manchester City vs Lyon (August 15)
Perhaps the most predictable tie of the round is Manchester City being given a very favourable task against Lyon, with the French team having finished seventh in Ligue 1 and narrowly scraping past an underperforming Juventus in the previous round.
Pep Guardiola has never won this competition as a coach without Messi, and several catastrophic failures have seen a few doubt his capability to do just that. Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Monaco have all ended Manchester City’s hopes of European success of late, but they should have an easy time against the French side.