The draw for the quarterfinals of the Champions League has reserved quite strong confrontations, as the Englishmen of Manchester City will face the giants of Bayern Munich. Real Madrid will challenge the English Chelsea, while the Italian teams can be considered the luckiest ones in the draw. Inter will face the Portuguese Benfica, while Milan will challenge Napoli.
The main focus is of course on the super challenge between Bayern Munich and Manchester City, where coach Pep Guardiola will face his former team. "Citizens" can be considered easy favorites in this challenge, but Bayern, on the other hand, has a long history in the Champions League, and experience can prove to be a very important factor.
Chelsea, meanwhile, will challenge Real Madrid and the Madrid players are undoubtedly favourites, considering their experience in the prestigious competition, as well as Chelsea's fluctuating form this season. Graham Potter's men have recorded some positive results of late, but Real Madrid will be the real test for the Englishman. We recall that the team led by Carlo Ancelotti managed to easily eliminate Liverpool in the round of 1. In addition, Real exactly eliminated Chelsea from the quarterfinals of the Champions League last season.
Matches of the quarter-final stage of the Champions League:
- Real Madrid v Chelsea
- Inter Milan v Benfica
- Manchester City v Bayern Munich
- AC Milan v Napoli
The first matches of the quarter-final stage will be played on April 11 and 12, while the return matches on April 18 and 19. The semi-finals of the competition will be played on May 9 and 10, as well as on May 16 and 17 (the return legs). This year's final is scheduled to be held in Istanbul on June 10.