Chelsea-Real Madrid, the shock of the quarter-finals

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The draw for the quarter-finals of the 2021-2022 Champions League season was held on Friday March 18 in Nyon, Switzerland, at the headquarters of UEFA. The big poster will oppose Chelsea, the defending champion, to Real Madrid, 13 times winner of the competition. The double confrontation between Manchester City of Pep Guardiola and Atlético de Madrid of Diego Simeone will also be very popular.

The eight clubs that emerged victorious from the round of 16 of the Champions League are fixed. The quarter-finals of the 2021-2022 edition will be played on April 5 and 6 for the first legs and on April 12 and 13 for the return matches. They will have a strong English (three Premier League teams) and Spanish (three La Liga teams) accent.

Mikaël Silvestre, the former defender vice-world champion in 2006 with the France team and winner of the Champions League in 2008 in the jersey of Manchester United, proceeded to the draw.

For the second consecutive year, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi won’t be part of this double date after the eliminations of Manchester United against Villarreal and Paris Saint-Germain against Real Madrid. But even without the Portuguese and the Argentinian, the show should be there in the spring.

A very attractive Chelsea-Real Madrid

The first poster fixed during the draw is sumptuous. Chelsea, defending champion and the only club to have won its two confrontations in the previous round against Lille, will face the greatest specialist in the C1: Real Madrid, 13 times crowned. A match in the form of new reunions for Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard, former Blues executives, and Mateo Kovacic, ex-Merengue. It will also be an opportunity for the Spanish club to take revenge on Chelsea, who eliminated them last season in the semi-finals.

Manchester City, unfortunate finalist last May, will face Atlético de Madrid. An expected opposition between two recognized managers, Pep Guardiola on the Cityzen side and Diego Simeone on the Colchonero side.

Villarreal, the Spanish club which sank Juventus this week, sees an ogre stand in its way: Bayern Munich, six times European champion and 7-1 winner of Salzburg on March 8 in their round of 16 second leg.

Finally, the last quarter-final will pit the Portuguese from Benfica against the English from Liverpool.

In addition, the draw for the semi-finals also took place: the winner of Chelsea-Real Madrid will meet that of Manchester City-Atlético de Madrid, and the winner of Benfica-Liverpool will face that of Villarreal-Bayern.

The quarter-final schedule:

  • Chelsea (England) – Real Madrid (Spain)
  • Manchester City (England) – Atlético de Madrid (Spain)
  • Villarreal (Spain) – Bayern Munich (Germany)
  • Benfica (Portugal) – Liverpool (England)

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