Troubled Chelsea face Real Madrid in Champions League quarters, Man City play Atletico | Football News – Times of India


PARIS: Troubled holders Chelsea had been drawn towards 13-time winners Real Madrid within the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Friday, whereas Manchester City will tackle Atletico Madrid.
Liverpool had been drawn to play Benfica as all three remaining English golf equipment had been saved aside and Bayern Munich had been paired with Spanish facet Villarreal.

Chelsea are hoping to defend their title in Europe regardless of turmoil on the Stamford Bridge membership, who had been put up on the market after the British authorities positioned Russian proprietor Roman Abramovich below sanctions within the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Thomas Tuchel’s staff are on account of play Actual at residence within the first leg on April 5 or 6, earlier than the return on the Santiago Bernabeu per week later.
It was reported this week that Chelsea could need to play their subsequent Champions League residence ties behind closed doorways on account of EU sanctions on Abramovich that forestall them from promoting tickets.
Chelsea beat Madrid — now coached by ex-Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti — within the semi-finals final season on the best way to defeating Pep Guardiola’s Metropolis within the remaining in Porto and lifting the Champions League trophy for the second time below Abramovich’s possession.
With the draw for the semi-finals going down on the identical time, Chelsea and Metropolis know they’ll meet one another within the final 4 ought to they each progress by their quarter-final ties towards Spanish opponents, however a Madrid derby at that stage can also be a risk.
Having eradicated Manchester United within the final 16, Atletico will return to northwest England for the primary leg of their tie towards Metropolis, which sees Guardiola pit his wits towards Diego Simeone.
Liverpool, the 2019 European champions who’re nonetheless in competition to win a quadruple this season, can be hotly fancied to get the higher of two-time European Cup winners Benfica, with the primary leg of that tie to be performed in Lisbon.
Benfica are at the moment simply third within the Portuguese league this season however they certified for the final 16 on the expense of Barcelona after which ousted a much-fancied Ajax facet.
The winners of that tie will face both Bayern or Villarreal within the final 4, with the German giants heading to Spain for the primary leg towards Unai Emery’s facet.
Villarreal gained final season’s Europa League and reached the Champions League quarter-finals by gorgeous Juventus, beating the Italians 3-0 in Turin on Wednesday to undergo 4-1 on combination.
The semi-finals of the Champions League can be performed in late April and early Could, with the ultimate going down on the Stade de France in Paris on Could 28.
The match was initially on account of be performed in Saint Petersburg earlier than the Russian metropolis was stripped of the match by UEFA on account of Russia’s navy motion in Ukraine.
It’s the third 12 months working that UEFA has moved the Champions League remaining with the Covid-19 pandemic resulting in the 2020 version being switched from Istanbul to Lisbon, after which once more from the Turkish metropolis to Porto final 12 months.
The 80,000-capacity Stade de France, in Saint-Denis simply to the north of the French capital, has hosted the Champions League remaining twice earlier than, in 2000 when Actual Madrid beat Valencia, and in 2006 when Barcelona defeated Arsenal.


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