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The Champions League final will be held in Lisbon for the second time in six years later this month, but the circumstances couldn't be any more different. 

The 2014 showpiece saw hordes of Atletico and fans flock to what is typically a vibrant and welcoming city ahead of their pulsating all-Spain clash.

But this year, there will an eerie silence that greets the arrival of the final eight teams during the strangest festival of football in history. 

The Champions League final will take place in Lisbon this month with a new format introduced

The Champions League final will take place in Lisbon this month with a new format introduced

The 2014 showpiece saw Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid fans flock to the Portuguese capital

The 2014 showpiece saw and Atletico Madrid fans flock to the Portuguese capital

Players, all donned in masks and latex gloves, will traipse through airports in their groups to jet out to the capital of Portugal. They will remain as a tightly-knit unit, shut off from the outside world until the historic competition has its winner.

The remaining ties, across the quarter-finals, semi-finals and the final, will be played as single legs across two different stadiums in the coastal city. The Estadio da Luz and the Estadio Jose Alvalade will play host to each fixture, and the grounds will sadly be silent aside from the bellowing of players and coaching staff.

It will be a spectacle which has rapidly become the new norm. The coronavirus pandemic brought with it a three-month hiatus across the wider football world, and leagues were forced to restart behind closed doors.

This tournament, steeped in history and wonderfully endearing to supporters of any club, will unfortunately be no different. Lisbon was struck hard by the health crisis and is still recovering from its effects today, although Portugal as a whole dealt admirably in tackling coronavirus.

The remaining ties will all take place in Lisbon with the final at the Estadio da Luz on August 23

The remaining ties will all take place in Lisbon with the final at the Estadio da Luz on August 23

The eight teams in the competition will remain inside bio-secure bubbles for the tournament

The eight teams in the competition will remain inside bio-secure bubbles for the tournament

But the UEFA Executive Committee approved the sensational mini tournament to take place there instead of Istanbul, to avoid teams having to fly across the continent during this period of uncertainty.

All the drama and tension that mounted during the off-season will culminate with the final on August 23. But until then, teams will be kept inside their own bio-secure bubbles in a similar to how domestic leagues around Europe were able to reach a conclusion.

Each club have been set aside their own hotel, which are all within 30 miles of the city centre, and they have also been given training facilities.  

The line up for the one city shootout was complete after wins for both Barcelona and Bayern Munich on Saturday, helping them to become part of the elite group still standing ahead of the latter stages. 

Here, Sportsmail takes a look at the remaining eight team's chances prior to the eagerly-anticipated quarter-finals getting underway...

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FIXTURES

12 August - Atalanta v Paris St-Germain (Estadio da Luz, Lisbon)

13 August - RB Leipzig v Atletico Madrid (Estadio Jose Alvalade, Lisbon)

14 August - Barcelona v Bayern Munich (Estadio da Luz, Lisbon)

15 August - Manchester City v Lyon (Estadio Jose Alvalade, Lisbon)

18 August - Semi-final

19 August - Semi-final

23 August - Final 

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MANCHESTER CITY

Manchester City have never won the Champions League in their history, but they will be bullish about their chances of finally lifting the prestigious trophy this time around.

Pep Guardiola's men are in superb form, despite missing out on retaining their league title and suffering disappointment in the FA Cup, and demonstrated their newfound maturity on the European stage by easing beyond .

City fully deserved to progress at the expense of the 13-time winners, and should even have scored more goals across both legs of their last-16 tie.

Manchester City are among the favourites to win the first Champions League in their history

Manchester City are among the favourites to win the first Champions League in their history

Pep Guardiola's men eased beyond 13-time winners Real Madrid and will face Lyon in quarters

Pep Guardiola's men eased beyond 13-time winners and will face Lyon in quarters

After their 2-1 win at the Etihad ensured their flight to Lisbon, Guardiola admitted that evening proved to be a major step towards his goal of experiencing European glory once again.

Their first opponents after touching down will be Ligue 1 outfit Lyon. The French club have proven themselves no pushovers across the tournament, and even knocked out Juventus on away goals despite their narrow defeat in Turin.

But the only remaining Premier League team should have no real cause for concern. City have netted at least twice in 14 of their last 17 matches in Europe, with Gabriel Jesus and Raheem Sterling both boasting a tally of six.

Quite simply, City have to be considered among the favourites. 

BAYERN MUNICH 

Bayern Munich were able to seal their spot in the quarter-finals after battering Chelsea on Saturday. The Bundesliga champions didn't appear fazed by the six-month pause between each leg, and went about their business in ruthless .

Their attention had likely already shifted to their upcoming showdown with Barcelona on Friday after they eased two goals ahead in Bavaria. And they will rightly be confident about their chances.

The juggernaut, helmed by Hansi Flick, shows no signs of faltering after the comprehensive thumping. Bayern handed Chelsea their worst-ever aggregate defeat in a European tie, and often didn't appear to have broken a sweat.

Bayern Munich had sealed their spot in the quarter-finals after battering Chelsea on Saturday

Bayern Munich had sealed their spot in the quarter-finals after battering Chelsea on Saturday

The juggernaut, helmed by Hansi Flick, shows no signs of faltering as they bid for the trophy

The juggernaut, helmed by Hansi Flick, shows no signs of faltering as they bid for the trophy

Bayern have also shattered countless records during their run to Lisbon. They became the second-ever team to have won every single Champions League game so far this season. They have also scored the most goals in this season's tournament, with 31 in total. That tally is sensationally 11 higher than the next closest team, Paris Saint-Germain. 

Flick became only the third coach in history to guide his side to a win in his first five Champions League matches. His achievements have been rendered even more impressive considering the mess he had inherited from predecessor Niko Kovac in November. 

Of course, it always helps that serial scorer Robert Lewandowski has netted the most goals in the competition with 13. Bayern are the favourites in many peoples' eyes, and understandably so. 

BARCELONA

Barcelona were also forced to wait a painfully long time to ensure they too would be heading to Portugal. Their players may have believed they would be spending time on the beaches of the country on holiday instead, due to the turmoil that has gripped them in recent months, but they eased to a job well done.

The tie with Napoli was effectively ended at half-time in the second leg at the Nou Camp. And once again, Barcelona had the magical Lionel Messi to thank for that. The diminutive superstar managed to curl home a superb effort even while on the turf, another wonder goal to add to his enviable collection. 

The dethroned LaLiga giants sealed a 4-2 aggregate win over the Italians and will meet Bayern Munich in a mouthwatering showdown later this week. 

Barcelona beat Napoli to guarantee their flight to Lisbon despite the lengthy wait between legs

Barcelona beat Napoli to guarantee their flight to Lisbon despite the lengthy wait between legs

Lionel Messi stepped up again with a moment of brilliance to ensure Barcelona's progression

Lionel Messi stepped up again with a moment of brilliance to ensure Barcelona's progression

The battle between the two European giants has often seen Barcelona progress, but this year the tables have well and truly turned. Bayern will be favourites, and Barcelona must strangely adopt and adapt to their underdogs tag.

It was Messi again who proved the difference when both these clubs clashed in the same competition in 2015. Jerome Boateng was memorably left stranded and flailing on the ground after Messi's quick jink inside, and it is this kind of magic that Barcelona may be forced to count on again.

'It's going to be very difficult,' Quique Setien has admitted. 'They finished off their tie with seven goals. They are a fantastic team

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