Chelsea draw Real Madrid in Champions League quarter-finals

The winner of the Champions League quarter-final will face either Manchester City or Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals

Luke Baker
Friday 18 March 2022 14:32 GMT
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Chelsea will face Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals following the draw conducted by Uefa in Nyon, Switzerland, in a repeat of last season’s semi-final.

The Blues will host the La Liga leaders in the first leg at Stamford Bridge, in a match that is likely to be played behind closed doors after owner Roman Abramovich was sanctioned by the UK and EU.

The defending European champions will then face a trip to the Bernabeu in the return leg one week later, with the winner of the tie facing either Manchester City or Atletico Madrid in the semi-finals.

Reacting to the draw ahead of his side’s trip to Middlesbrough this weekend, Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said: “It’s a tough one. A challenge cannot be much higher than playing in the Bernabeu with spectators. There is also big excitement around this fixture.”

Liverpool will play Benfica with the winner of that quarter-final facing either Villarreal or Bayern Munich in the other side of the draw.

Chelsea suffered a second-leg scare in their last-16 clash against Lille when Burak Yilmaz scored a penalty for the French champions but goals from Christian Pulisic and Cesar Azpilicueta gave the Blues a 2-1 victory on the night and a comfortable 4-1 triumph on aggregate.

Full Champions League quarter-final draw:

Chelsea vs Real Madrid

Manchester City vs Atletico Madrid

Villarreal vs Bayern Munich

Benfica vs Liverpool

Full Champions League semi-final draw:

Manchester City / Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea / Real Madrid

Benfica / Liverpool vs Villarreal / Bayern Munich

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