The draw for the final knockout round of the Champions League has been completed in Nyon, Switzerland, with some close ties appearing ahead of the final in Paris
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Hosts Chelsea pulled off a tough draw against Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals following Friday’s draw.
Manchester City will host Real’s rival Atletico Madrid, while Liverpool have been held to a draw against Benfica.
If Chelsea and Man City make it through to the quarter-finals respectively then they will face each other in the final quarter-finals to repeat last season’s final, while Liverpool will face Villarreal or Bayern Munich if they can get past Benfica. The team will play the first leg. in their quarter-final at home.
Champions League quarter-final draw (matches April 5-6 and April 12-13)
Chelsea vs Real Madrid
Manchester City vs Atletico Madrid
Villarreal vs Bayern Munich
Benfica vs Liverpool
Followed by Champions League semi-final draw (matches April 26-27 and May 3-4)
Manchester City / Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea / Real Madrid
Benfica / Liverpool vs Villarreal / Bayern Munich
Chelsea took the lead against Real in the semi-finals last season, while Man City will take on Atletico for the first time in European competition.
Who is the Blues? Champions League holder, making it 4-1 on aggregate despite ongoing uncertainty surrounding the club following sanctions against owner Roman Abramovich.
Coach Thomas Tuchel praised the spirit of the players after the victory.
“Chelsea has this kind of culture in the club, the building in which we work every day. What I noticed from day one is the mentality of football,” he said.
“Everybody pushed the first team to the limit, focusing on football and football first. Then we tried to develop the atmosphere. This culture was pre-installed and kept us focused in the games. difficult times, loss of focus.
“Of course, we need to motivate the players but I am also part of it, it feels great that we can produce results. I am very proud.”
City of Manchesterwho were beaten in last year’s final, entered the last eight with a 5-0 aggregate win over Sporting Lisbon, with all of their goals coming in the first leg in the Portuguese capital. Portugal.
Six times winner Liverpool They also did much of their job in the first leg, winning 2-0 at Inter Milan before a 1-0 loss to the Italian champions at Anfield.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/champions-league-quarter-final-draw-26498786 The draw for the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the Champions League has been fully confirmed