Hosts Chelsea will face Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals and could face Manchester City in the final four.
Ity was paired with Atletico Madrid – the last 16 conquered Manchester United on Tuesday – while Liverpool were held to a draw against Benfica.
Villarreal will face Bayern Munich in the remaining quarter-final.
The draw made at UEFA headquarters in Nyon means Chelsea, who beat Man City in the final last May to win the trophy for a second time, will have a final reunion with the former manager. member Carlo Ancelotti.
Chelsea were held to a draw to play the first leg at Stamford Bridge but the game was decided again.
The two Madrid sides cannot play at home in the second leg final and, as Atletico qualify as Spanish champions, their match will be left as a draw.
The draw for the semi-final was also conducted in Nyon, raising the possibility of a repeat of last season’s clash between Chelsea and Manchester City and a game against Madrid as well.
Chelsea beat Man City 1-0 in the 2021 final at Porto’s Estadio do Dragao with Kai Havertz the decisive scorer.
Benfica or Liverpool – who beat Inter Milan 2-1 in the round of 16 – will face Villarreal or Bayern in the other semi-final.
The quarterfinals will be played on April 5-6 and April 12-13, the semi-finals scheduled for April 26-27 and May 3-4.
The Stade de France in Paris will host the final on May 28 after the match was moved from St Petersburg following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Champions League draw for quarter-finals and semi-finals
Quarterfinals 1: Chelsea v Real Madrid
Quarterfinals 2: Manchester City v Atletico Madrid
Quarterfinals 3: Villarreal vs Bayern Munich
Quarterfinals 4: Benfica v Liverpool
Semi-final 1: Manchester City / Atletico Madrid v Chelsea / Real Madrid
Semi-final 2: Benfica / Liverpool v Villarreal / Bayern Munich
* The team drawn first will play the first leg at home.
First leg: April 5-6
First leg: April 12-13
First leg: April 26-27
First leg: May 3-4
May 28 at Stade de France, Paris
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