Napoli, Ac Milan, and Inter Milan are three Italian sides to make it to the UEFA Champions League quarter-final draw. The English teams that advanced to the quarter-finals are Manchester City and Chelsea. Bayern Munich is the only side from Bundesliga, Real Madrid the only La Liga, and Benfica the only Primeira Liga.
Chelsea Drawn against Real Madrid in the Champions League
Chelsea will face Los Blancos for the third consecutive season. Graham Potter’s side defeated Borussia Dortmund 2-1 on aggregate. Manchester City beat RB Leipzig 8-1 on aggregate in the quarter-finals.
Real Madrid knocked out Chelsea from the Champions League at the same point last season. Thomas Tuchel’s team lost the first leg 3-1 at Stamford Bridge before performing brilliantly at Santiago Bernabeu.
Then-manager Thomas Tuchel led Chelsea to a 3-2 win. However, the Blues lost 5-4 on aggregate after Rodrygo & Karim Benzema scored in extra time.
Chelsea has lost once in seven European games against Real Madrid. They have the lowest losing percentage (14% against Real Madrid) of any team that has faced them five or more times in Europe.
The last time Chelsea lost to Real Madrid across European competition was in the first leg of the quarter-finals in 2021-22, when they lost 1-3 at Stamford Bridge.
Real Madrid has won four consecutive UEFA Champions League matches against English teams. They exited Chelsea in the previous year’s quarter-final. They also knocked out Manchester City in last year’s semi-finals. Liverpool lost against Real Madrid in last year’s final and this year’s round of 16.
Chelsea and Manchester City might play in the semi-finals if they win their matches against Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. The two Premier League teams met in the 3rd round of this campaign’s Carabao Cup and FA Cup. If Chelsea and Manchester City meet in the semi-finals of the Champions League, it will be the sixth time this season that the two teams have played one other.
What Premier League Sides Failed to Advance to the Quarter-Final Draw?
Tottenham Hotspurs and Liverpool did not advance to the quarter-finals. Liverpool lost to Real Madrid 6-2 on aggregate. Spurs also did not make it on 0-1 aggregate against AC Milan.
Pep Guardiola Managed Bayern Munich Between 2013 and 2016
Bayern Munich (the only German side) defeated Paris Saint-Germain 3-0 on aggregate to proceed to the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Therefore, it will be a familiar rival for the Manchester City manager. Pep Guardiola won seven major titles with Bayern Munich from 2013 to 2016, three being Bundesliga titles.
Joao Cancelo is the link between City and Bayern Munich. The 28-year-old was released from the Premier League club and sent on loan to a German club. However, there is an option to make the contract permanent for roughly £60 million.
All six previous matches between Manchester City and Bayern Munich took place in the UEFA Champions League group stages. The seasons are 2011-12, 2013-14, and 2014-15. Each team claimed three wins.
Man City have advanced from their last 4 UEFA Champions League knockout matches against Bundesliga clubs, including one quarter-final (2020-21 against Borussia Dortmund in 2020-21.
Pep Guardiola is set to make his first appearance against his former team Bayern Munich after leaving the club. The one time he managed against them was in the 2008-09 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals. Pep was Barcelona’s manager at the time when they went on to win the champions league against Manchester United at the time.
Napoli Face AC Milan in an Italian Clash
Defending Serie A champion AC Milan will play current league leaders Napoli in an Italian side clash. The Italian sides will play the team that emerges between Benfica and Inter in the semi-finals.
What Is the Champions League Quarter-Final Draw?
- Real Madrid faces Chelsea at Santiago Bernabeu.
- Benfica will host Inter Milan at Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica.
- Manchester City plays Bayern Munich at the Etihad.
- AC Milan hosts Napoli at San Siro.
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