Champions League draw: ALL English, ALL Spanish final on the cards

Champions League draw: ALL English, ALL Spanish final on the cards

Title holders Chelsea were drawn against 13-time winners Real Madrid in the quarter-finals of the Champions League on Friday, while Manchester City will take on Atletico Madrid.

Liverpool were drawn to play Benfica as all three remaining English clubs were kept apart and Bayern Munich were paired with Spanish side Villarreal.

Chelsea are hoping to defend their title in Europe despite turmoil at the Stamford Bridge club, who were put up for sale after the British government placed Russian owner Roman Abramovich under sanctions in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Thomas Tuchel’s team were drawn to play Real Madrid at home in the first leg on April 5 or 6, before the return at the Santiago Bernabeu a week later.

However, pending confirmation from UEFA, the matches may be switched to avoid them and Manchester City playing in Madrid in the same midweek.

It was reported this week that Chelsea may have to play their next Champions League home ties behind closed doors due to EU sanctions on Abramovich that prevent them from selling tickets.

With the draw for the semi-finals taking place at the same time, Chelsea and Manchester City know they will meet each other in the last four should they both progress through their quarter-final ties against Spanish opponents, but a Madrid derby at that stage is also a possibility.

Liverpool, the 2019 European champions who are still in contention to win a quadruple this season, will be hotly fancied to get the better of two-time European Cup winners Benfica, with the first leg of that tie to be played in Lisbon.

The winners of that tie will face either Bayern Munich or Villarreal in the last four, with the German giants heading to Spain for the first leg against Unai Emery’s side.

Champions League final on 28 May in Paris

The semi-finals of the Champions League will be played in late April and early May, with the final taking place at the Stade de France in Paris on May 28.

The match was initially due to be played in Saint Petersburg before the Russian city was stripped of the match by UEFA due to Russia’s military action in Ukraine.

It is the third year running that UEFA has moved the Champions League final with the Covid-19 pandemic leading to the 2020 edition being switched from Istanbul to Lisbon, and then again from the Turkish city to Porto last year.

Draw for the quarter-finals and semi-finals of this season’s Champions League, made at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland on Friday:

Quarter-finals

Chelsea (ENG) v Real Madrid (ESP)

Manchester City (ENG) v Atletico Madrid (ESP)

Villarreal (ESP) v Bayern Munich (GER)

Benfica (POR) v Liverpool (ENG)

Semi-finals

Manchester City or Atletico Madrid v Chelsea or Real Madrid

Benfica or Liverpool v Villarreal or Bayern Munich

– Quarter-final first legs to be played April 5 and 6, second legs on April 12 and 13

– Semi-final first legs to be played April 26 and 27, second legs on May 3 and 4

– Final to be played at Stade de France in Paris on Saturday, May 28

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