Giant clashes: Man City face and Bayern and Real Madrid meet Chelsea in UCL quarter finals

March 17 – Manchester City’s quest for a first ever Champions League trophy has been made all the harder with the toughest possible draw in the quarterfinals.

City were drawn today to play six-time winners Bayern Munich, the dream final for many observers, while holders Real Madrid were paired with Chelsea.

Inter Milan face Benfica and Serie A champions AC Milan take on current leaders Napoli in an all-Italian quarterfinal.

City put seven past another German opponent RB Leipzig in the last-16 but Bundesliga champions Bayern have a rich history in the tournament and proved their pedigree by knocking out Paris St-Germain.

It is the third successive season Chelsea and Real Madrid, the record 14-time winners, have met in the competition. Chelsea beat Real in the semi-finals on their way to winning the trophy in 2020-21 before losing 5-4 on aggregate to the Spanish giants last season in the quarters.

If Chelsea and City get through, they will meet in an all-Premier League semi-final while AC Milan or Napoli will face Inter Milan or Benfica in the other semi-final.

The first legs of the quarter-finals take place on 11-12 April, with the return games on 18-19 April.

The first legs of the semi-finals will be on 9-10 May, and the second legs on 16-17 May. The Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey, will host the final on 10 June.

Champions League quarter-final draw

Real Madrid v Chelsea

Inter Milan v Benfica

Manchester City v Bayern Munich

AC Milan v Napoli

Champions League semi-final draw

AC Milan or Napoli v Benfica or Inter Milan

Real Madrid or Chelsea v Manchester City or Bayern Munich

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