Eight teams remain standing in the quest to secure the most famous prize in club football: the UEFA Champions League trophy.
Thanks to Barcelona’s stunning comeback against PSG, the quarterfinals feature three Spanish clubs, two German clubs, a French club, an Italian club and an English club. That the English club is Leicester City is pretty remarkable, but that’s not why we’re here.
We’re here to talk about young talent.
This year’s group of quarterfinalists are notable for many reasons, but chief amongst them is the incredible number of young players littered across the contenders, many of whom are making a name for themselves in the competition. How are we defining young? For our purposes, any player still short of his 23rd birthday counts, though a solid list could be made of just players 20 years of age and younger.
Both Monaco and Borussia Dortmund are, for lack of a better word, STACKED, and so we’ll start with them. Drawn against one another, the two matches between the French and German sides will be as much a scouting opportunity for the world’s richest clubs (not all of whom reached the Champions League quarters or even the Champions League itself).