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The 4 Champions League quarterfinal matchups, ranked

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Every game is watchable at this stage. But two are extra, especially watchable.

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There is only one proper way to watch the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals: at your home or in a sports bar with a multiple TV setup. In an ideal world, we’d have all of the games on big screens.

But for many fans, that’s just not an option. They’re at school or work, and they have to make due with a phone or laptop to catch one game at a time while two or more games are going on simultaneously. That’ll be the case for many people during the quarterfinals, which have games at overlapping times.

Which games should you be paying most attention to, then? Well, we can help with that. Here’s how we’d prioritize watching.

4. Barcelona vs. AS Roma

When is it?: April 4 and 10

Better days are ahead for Roma. Sporting director Monchi and manager Eusebio Di Francesco appear to be great hires. The club has some great young players, veteran leaders to guide them along, and some money in the bank to play with this summer.

But they’re not ready for the bulldozer that is Lionel Messi and his Barcelona squad. This will not be a close matchup. It would be stunning if the Blaugrana failed to win by multiple goals.

3. Bayern Munich vs. Sevilla

When is it?: April 3 and 11

Bayern Munich’s steamrolling of both the Bundesliga and round of 16 opponents Besiktas suggest it should be favored in this tie. Sevilla has struggled in La Liga this season, and actually has a negative goal differential. But Los Rojiblancos’ win over Manchester United in the last round suggests the Bavarians will have to take them very seriously.

Wissam Ben Yedder is proving he’s a danger to score in any game, and has more Champions League goals this season than anyone not named Cristiano Ronaldo. Massive midfielder Steven Nzonzi is bulldozing opponents, and seems set for a move to a big club this summer. Fran Vazquez and Joaquin Correa regularly create scoring chances from nothing. There’s plenty to like about Sevilla.

But up until the United match, Sevilla’s results hadn’t been good. It’s lost every match it’s played against La Liga’s top four this season. Bayern Munich, meanwhile, has been great since the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti in September. The Bavarians should win this one without extra time or away goals.

2. Real Madrid vs. Juventus

When is it?: April 3 and 11

Last season, Juventus was no match for Real Madrid in a one-off final on a neutral site. This season, they’ll try to get some revenge with the benefit of a match at home.

A rematch of last year’s final is certainly a marquee Champions League quarterfinal tie, but neither side has looked much like a future European Cup winner this season. Madrid has faltered domestically and is well out of the La Liga title chase, while Juventus is facing a stiffer challenge than usual in Serie A and has looked far from convincing in Europe as well. Juve is still trying to figure out its defense post-Leonardo Bonucci, while Madrid hasn’t quite clicked this year for reasons that are difficult to discern.

There are signs of life from both, though. Madrid smashed Paris Saint-Germain in the last round, and Cristiano Ronaldo is the Champions League’s leading scorer. Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala, both far from their best for most of this season, led an impressive Juve comeback against Tottenham. Neither of these teams has been spectacular this season, but one beating the other could propel them to greater things.

1. Liverpool vs. Manchester City

When is it?: April 4 and 10

Maybe this isn’t really your type of Champions League tie. Maybe you watch other competitions for shenanigans, but you watch Champions League for the cerebral, tactical play. That’s perfectly understandable. But most people like goals, and this matchup should have a lot of them.

Manchester City laid a 5-0 thrashing on Liverpool early in the season, but the Reds responded in the return fixture, one of the best games of the season anywhere in the world. The two teams traded blows as the Reds won 4-3, barely hanging onto the victory after two late goals by City. Hopefully, that’s a sign of what’s to come in this quarterfinal.

Sure, City is favorite to go through. It has a big lead on Liverpool in the Premier League table for a reason. Pep Guardiola’s side might even be the best in Europe. And yet, Liverpool’s front line of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, and Sadio Mane is capable of wrecking anyone. The Citizens will not shut them out. Both sides will score, probably multiple times. This is the one quarterfinal you have to watch.