It will be an entertaining quarter-final in this year’s UEFA Champions League as holders Real Madrid face Chelsea while Manchester City was paired with Pep Guardiola’s former side Bayern Munich in Friday’s draw.
The other pairing of the draw will see Italian giants Napoli take on AC Milan while Inter Milan locks horns with Portuguese league leaders Benfica.
Full draw below:
Real Madrid vs Chelsea
Inter Milan vs Benfica
Manchester City vs Bayern Munich
AC Milan vs Napoli
The winner of the game between Real Madrid vs Chelsea will face the winner between Bayern Munich and Manchester City while the winner of the tie between Inter Milan and Benfica will play the winner between AC Milan and Napoli, which increases the odds of seeing an Italian team reaching the final for the first time since Juventus in 2017, should Benfica loss to Inter.
The quarter-final first legs will be played on April 11 and 12, with Real playing hosts to Chelsea at the Bernabeu first before traveling to London for the return a week later, and City at home to Bayern first.
Inter, having been originally drawn to face Benfica at home, will now travel to Lisbon for the first leg in order to avoid conflicting with AC Milan’s fixture against Napoli at San Siro.
Chelsea faces Madrid yet again
Chelsea succumbed to Real Madrid in a difficult quarterfinal match last year, ending their chances of winning the Champions League back-to-back.
This year’s fixture against the Los Blancos, however, appears to be a challenging encounter for the North London side which has had an abysmal season under new coach Graham Potter.
Meanwhile, will this finally be the year of European glory for English champions, Manchester City? Time will tell.
The semi-finals will be played in May with the final in Istanbul scheduled for Saturday, June 10.