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UEFA Champions League: Real Madrid Take On Bayern Munich in Quarters

UEFA Champions League trophy. (Getty Images)

UEFA Champions League trophy. (Getty Images)

The UEFA Champions League quarter-final draw is out and holders Real Madrid will take on German giants and old rivals Bayern Munich. FC Barcelona will take on Italian champions Juventus in a re-matchof the 2015-16 title clash.

Nyon: The UEFA Champions League draw for the quarter-finals has thrown up some mouthwatering European match-ups with the high profile clashes expected to pit some of the world's best footballers against each other.

The first quarter-final will see surprise English champions of last season Leicester City take on last year's runners-up Atletico Madrid of Spain.

Leicester, who are enduring a painful home season, have been the surprise package of Europe as they staged a come from behind victory over impressive Spanish side Sevilla in the round of 16 to book their place in the last 8 in their very first season in the Champions League.

"Facing a team who have reached the final in two of the last three seasons is a massive challenge but it’s just the kind of tie you expect in the quarter-finals of the Champions League," said Leicester replacement manager Craig Shakespeare.


German side Borussia Dotmund, who beat Portugal's Benfica 3-1 on aggregate in the round of 16, have been drawn against French side Monaco, who pulled off a thrilling second leg 3-1 win over Pep Guardiola's Manchester City to gatecrash into the quarters on the away goal rule.

Monaco, who are currently atop the Ligue 1 table, are one of the most entertaining young teams of the continent right now and they will have their task cut out against Dortmund, who have displayed both flair and dour defensive skills, reminiscent of the Jurgen Klopp era.

"I saw Monaco's match against Manchester City and I am aware that they have a goal difference of +58 in the league. It's a difficult match," said Dortmund chairman Hans Watzke.

The third quarter-final will pit old rivals Bayern Munich against current holders Real Madrid. Both teams have played against each other on 10 occasions in the knock-out stages of the Champions League and it is even-steven between the two giants with both winning 5 times.

The last time Real Madrid took on Bayern Munich was in the 2014-15 season when the Blancos got the better of the Bavarians 5-0 on aggregate in the semi-final stage. It was the season when Real Madrid won their tenth European crown.

The clash will also see former Real coach Carlo Ancelotti, now the manager at Bayern Munich, take on his former assistant coach Zinedine Zidane. Ancelotti was the man in charge of Real Madrid, when they won their 10th Champions League title, with Zidane being th deputy. Both Bayern and Real are at the top of the standings in their domestic leagues.

"It is going to be exciting to play against them. We are very confident and want to win the Champions League this season," said Ancelotti, who also won the European title twice with AC Milan.

"I think we have the ability to beat Real Madrid."

Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was relishing a 'classic' as his five-time winners target more than just a sixth straight semi-final appearance.

"This is a classic, which is probably the absolute top draw that lay in the pot," said the former Germany striker.

"All football fans in the world can look forward to it."

Real Madrid director Emilio Butragueno, however, appeared downcast.

"It is one of the worst draws we could have got without a doubt but it is also for them," said Butragueno.

"We would have liked to have faced them further on in the competition," the former Spanish international said.

"It is not the best draw, but we too have top quality players with a lot of experience and it is a great tie. For sure the whole world will be watching these two games."

The fourth and final quarter-final will pit comeback kings FC Barcelona against Italian champions Juventus. The Spanish giants beat the Turin club in the final of the 2015-16 season to win the title and Gianluigi Buffon and his men will look to avenge that loss against Lionel Messi and company.

Juventus vice-president Pavel Nedved hinted at the size of the task ahead of them.

"You need to be at your best for 180 minutes or more to overcome Barca," said former midfielder Nedved.

"It's a fascinating tie. Juve have improved a lot since 2015 and this team can play without fear against Barcelona.

The first leg of the quarter-finals will be held on April 11th and April 12th, while the second-leg will be held on April 18th and 19th.

((With AFP Inputs))