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Champions League Quarter-Finals draws out

Real Madrid has been drawn with Champions League titleholder Chelsea in this season’s quarter-final clash. The draws which were released by UEFA saw Liverpool clashing with Benfica, Manchester City taking on Manchester United’s Champions League exterminator, Atletico Madrid, and Bayern Munich battling with Juventus Champions League nightmare, Villarreal.

However, the semi-final draws were done also with that of the quarter-finals and its contending teams will emerge from the winners of the two-legged quarter-final clashes The Trumpet gathered.

Chelsea’s clash with Real Madrid according to soccer pundits is a reunion tie with the club’s former boss Carlo Ancelotti, who during his two years stay at the West London club won double trophies, Premier League and FA Cup.

The quarter-final matches are slated to take place in April with the first leg taking place by 5th – 6th and the second leg by 12th – 13th of the same month. Madrid, which is a thirteenth-time winner of the title clashed with Chelsea in the semi-finals of the last Champions League contest and lost 3-1 on aggregate.

To the Spanish team, this reunion tie with Ancelotti is more of revenge after Los Blancos were prevented from proceeding to the finals of the contest by Chelsea that went on to win the European clubs’ most coveted trophy.

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Despite the intention to take an act of revenge against the Blues, it is on record that Real Madrid has lost all five previous meetings with the London club.

Meanwhile, Manchester City in search of their first Champions League trophy battles with Atletico Madrid in their first competitive meeting after it trounced Sporting Lisbon five goals in the round of 16.

Wary of the threats of Liverpool that are in contention for a quadruple this season, after lifting the Carabao Cup ahead of Chelsea in the finals at Wembley, Benfica will be hoping to see off the English club ahead of the clash.

Quarter-final draw

Chelsea v Real Madrid
Manchester City v Atletico Madrid
Villarreal v Bayern Munich
Benfica v Liverpool
Semi-final draw
Manchester City or Atletico Madrid v
Chelsea or Real Madrid
Benfica or Liverpool v Villarreal or
Bayern Munich

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