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Champions League quarter-finals: Meet the qualified teams

Atalanta and Leipzig are the first teams into this season's UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.

Leipzig celebrate after going 3-0 up against last season's runners-up Spurs
Leipzig celebrate after going 3-0 up against last season's runners-up Spurs Bongarts/Getty Images

ATALANTA (ITA)

UEFA ranking: 50
This season: P8 W4 D1 L3 F16 A16
Round of 16: 8-4 vs Valencia
Top scorer: Josip Iličić (5)
Last season: N/A
European Cup best: quarter-finals (2019/20 – debut season)

Vieri Capretta, Atalanta reporter: La Dea are through to the last eight in their debut season. Josip Iličić was unreal in the round of 16, scoring four in the second leg, but the whole side have been impressive this season. Just amazing.

ATLÉTICO (ESP)

UEFA ranking: 2
This season: P8 W5 D1 L2 F12 A7
Round of 16: 4-2 vs Liverpool, aet
Top scorer: Álvaro Morata (3)
Last season: round of 16
European Cup best: final (1973/74)

Joseph Walker, Atlético reporter: Atlético's last-16 victory over Liverpool is pretty much their season in a microcosm. Diego Simeone's men have not been at their best, they have looked sluggish at times, yet they still know how to get the job done. No side in Europe will want to be pitted against them when the draw is made.

LEIPZIG (GER)

Highlights: Leipzig 3-0 Tottenham
Highlights: Leipzig 3-0 Tottenham

UEFA ranking: 32
This season: P8 W5 D2 L1 F15 A8
Round of 16: 4-0 vs Tottenham
Top scorer: Timo Werner, Marcel Sabitzer (4)
Last season: Europa League group stage
European Cup best: quarter-finals (2019/20 – debut season)

James Thorogood, Leipzig reporter: Leipzig's composure over the course of their tie against Tottenham, last season's runners-up, belied their status as knockout stage debutants. They had answers to all the questions posed. Julian Nagelsmann becomes the youngest head coach to reach the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, sharing his side's level of maturity and confidence.

PARIS (FRA)

UEFA ranking: 7
This season: P8 W6 D1 L1 F20 A4
Round of 16: 3-2 vs Dortmund
Top scorer: Mauro Icardi, Kylian Mbappé (5)
Last season: round of 16
European Cup best: semi-finals (1994/95)

Chris Burke, Paris reporter: The critics pounced after Paris's first-leg defeat at Dortmund, but the French champions finally got beyond the round of 16 for the first time in four years thanks to an impressively hard-working, controlled and united display at home. Before that, Thomas Tuchel's side were once again full of promise in the group stage, starting with a memorable 3-0 victory against Real Madrid and ending with five wins from six to go with the competition's best defensive record.

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