Madrid win Chelsea and City, face Bayern in Champions League

Nyon, Switzerland—Real Madrid must beat Chelsea in the quarter-finals for the second year in a row to clinch the Champions League title.

Friday’s draw means Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti will face his former club, who were eliminated in extra time a year ago by Karim Benzema’s goal.

This time, the first leg between the past two Champions League winners will be played in Madrid instead of London on April 11th or 12th.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has also reunited with his former club. rice field.

Bayern twice prevented Paris Saint-Germain forwards Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe from scoring in the round of 16.

Bayern coach Michael Gehringer said of Haaland, who spent the last two seasons at Borussia Dortmund: “Our team has shown that he can handle him. “There are players like Erling who cannot be 100% neutralized. So he’s still very dangerous.”

The City and Bayern winners will face Madrid or Chelsea in the semi-finals. Half of the draw will include his four of the top five teams in the UEFA ranking according to the results of European competitions over the last five years.

The other half of the draw is dominated by Italian clubs, with a possible Milan derby in the semi-finals.

AC Milan will first face runaway Serie A leaders Napoli, who are making their debut in the quarter-finals of the Champions League or the old European Cup. The first leg is San Siro.

Inter Milan return to the nation that beat Benfica in the first leg and defeated Porto in the round of 16.

Inter played in the competition for the first time in 12 years and Milan finished an 11-year waiting period. Inter ranks his 12th in the UEFA rankings, with seven-time European champions Milan down to his 36th.

Six former champions, who have won a combined 34 titles in the tournament’s 68-year history, entered the draw. Only Napoli and Man City are yet to be European champions.

The first leg will take place on April 11th and 12th, with return games scheduled for April 18th and 19th.

The semi-finals will take place from May 9-17 and the final will take place on June 10 at Istanbul’s Ataturk Olympic Stadium.

In the Europa League quarter-finals, Manchester United will face their fourth Spanish opponent in the competition.

After facing Real Sociedad in the group stage, Manchester United face Barcelona and Real Betis before returning to the same city to face six-time champions Sevilla in the next competition.

The winner will face Juventus or Sporting Lisbon in the semi-finals.

The other half of the draw was between Feyenoord and Roma (a rematch of last year’s inaugural European Conference League final won by the Italian team) and Bayer Leverkusen and Union Saint Giroise.

Belgian club union are entering their first season in European competition and are using the Anderlecht stadium for their home games. This is because their grounds do not meet UEFA standards.

The Europa League quarter-finals will take place on April 13 and 20, the semi-finals on May 11 and 18 and the final on May 31 at the Puskas Arena in Budapest.

Anderlecht will play their home game in the European Conference League quarter-finals of the third division against AZ Alkmaar on 13 April. Another Belgian club, Ghent, will host West Ham in the first leg.

Lech Poznan are paired with Fiorentina, while Basel start at home against Nice.

Graham Dunbar