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Real Madrid-Manchester City, PSG-Barça and Atlético-Dortmund, in the Champions League quarterfinals

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Real Madrid-Manchester City, PSG-Barça and Atlético-Dortmund, in the Champions League quarterfinals

Real Madrid and Manchester City will repeat last season’s semi-final in the Champions League quarter-finals, in which Barcelona will meet Kylian Mbappé and PSG, Atlético de Madrid will play German Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal and Bayern Munich will complete the table.

The Spanish teams do not match in the quarterfinals

Despite the fact that UEFA made a pure draw, the three Spanish teams did not meet in the quarterfinals and only by passing this round two of them, Atlético and Barça, will meet in the semifinals. By accessing these, Real Madrid would come across the winner of the clash between the English Arsenal and the German Bayern.

In the final on June 1 at Wembley Stadium (London), Atlético de Madrid or Barcelona would act as home teams.

The quarterfinal playoffs will see Pep Guardiola return to the Santiago Bernabéu for another year and Luis Enrique Martínez will return to Barcelona as PSG coach, along with Kylian Mbappé, always morbid reunions, especially when the English left the whites out of the ‘ Champions’ last year.

The Champions League trophy during the quarter-final draw. EFE/EPA/Jean Christophe Bott

Real Madrid-Manchester City

In addition to the face to face between the Norwegian Erling Haaland and the Englishman Jude Bellingham, Real Madrid-City will confront the last two champions, the English ones a year ago after beating Inter and winning their first title and the whites, who have been champions fourteen times, the last in 2022 against Liverpool.

Those from Manchester are in the quarterfinals for the seventh consecutive season after eliminating Copenhagen, and they have passed this phase in the last three seasons, the last one against Bayern, the previous one against Dortmund and in 2021-2022 against Atlético.

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After getting rid of Leipzig in the round of 16, Carlo Ancelotti’s team has also surpassed the quarterfinals in the last three seasons and the last one that did not reach this phase, in 2019-20, was precisely City that left them out in the round of 16 .

FC Barcelona-PSG

Unlike Real Madrid, Barcelona will play for a place in the semifinals in their stadium against PSG, in the Barça team’s return to the quarterfinals after a four-year drought after defeating Naples.

The reunion with Luis Enrique and the probable “white” future of Mbappé, add incentives to a clash with a desire for revenge for the Parisians who still remember Barça’s comeback seven years ago with a 6-1, which left them out after having won 4-0 in Paris.

Atlético de Madrid-Borussia Dortmund

Atlético de Madrid avoided the big “coconuts” on its return to the quarterfinals, a phase it reached for the last time in the 2021-22 campaign, when Manchester City cut it off, and after last year’s disappointment after falling in the group stage.

This time he does it euphorically because of the great comeback against Inter to tie the tie and overcome it on penalties two days ago at the Metropolitano, with a starring role from Memphis Depay and Jan Oblak, which has become a fortress for Argentine Diego Pablo Simeone’s men.

The red and white stadium will host the first leg against the German Borussia Dortmund, fourth in the “Bundesliga” and executioner of PSV Eindhoven in the round of 16. The team led by the German Edin Terzic reaches the quarterfinals after having a great group stage, in which it finished first despite running into PSG, Milan and Newcastle.

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Champions League trophy during the draw. EFE/EPA/Jean Christophe Bott

Arsenal-Bayern Munich

The quarterfinals will be completed by Arsenal and Bayern Munich, the teams of Mikel Arteta and Thomas Tuchel facing off, classified after defeating Porto and Lazio, respectively, with an epic and penalties in the case of the former.

The two saves by Spanish international David Raya against the Portuguese were decisive for Arsenal to play in their first quarter-final in fourteen years, a phase in which they last lost to Barcelona in the 2009-10 season.

Bayern, second in the Bundesliga and with Harry Kane as their banner, seeks to overcome the quarterfinals, a barrier that they have not been able to overcome in the last three seasons, the last one against the champion Manchester City

Reactions to pairings

Emilio Butragueño, director of institutional relations at Real Madrid, assessed the quarterfinal matchup against Manchester City, recognizing the difficulty of meeting the current European champion again in a “very difficult” tie, which he described as “a challenge.” for which he highlighted the importance of the Santiago Bernabéu in the first leg.

Aitor “Txiki” Begiristain, Manchester City’s director of football, considered that “it matters little” how Real Madrid is facing the Champions League quarter-final tie against his team, because he believes that for the Spanish team the continental tournament “is their competition.”

The vice president of the sports area of ​​FC Barcelona, ​​Rafa Yuste, foresees a very nice quarter-final tie of the Champions League against Paris Saint-Germain that the Barça team must face with “prudence.”

Draw in Nyon for the Champions League quarterfinals. EFE/EPA/Jean Christophe Bott

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Carlos Bucero, general director of football at Atlético de Madrid, warned that Borussia Dortmund is “a very complicated rival”, remarked that, “at this point”, there are no easy opponents and highlighted the great atmosphere at both the Cívitas Metropolitano and the Signal Iduna Park, scenes of the round-trip crashes, respectively.

Borussia Dortmund coach Edin Terzic described Atletico Madrid as “a little monster” in knockout matches and said that his team has two difficult games ahead of them against the colchoneros in the quarterfinals of the Champions League.

How are the pairings?

The pairings are as follows:

Quarter finals

First leg (April 9/10)
1) Arsenal – Bayern Munich
2) Atlético Madrid – Borussia Dortmund
3) Real Madrid – Manchester City
4) Paris SG – Barcelona Vuelta (April 16/17)
1) Bayern Munich – Arsenal
2) Borussia Dortmund – Atlético Madrid
3) Manchester City – Real Madrid
4) Barcelona – Paris SG

Semifinals

First leg (April 30/May 1)
A) Winner 2 – Winner 4
B) Winner 1 – Winner 3 Round (May 7/8)
A) Winner 4 – Winner 2
B) Winner 3 – Winner 1
== Final (June 1. Wembley, London)
Winner A – Winner B Draw for the UEFA Europa League quarterfinals. EFE/EPA/Jean Christophe Bott

The stars of the Europa League quarterfinals

On the other hand, the Liverpool-Atalanta and Bayer Leverkusen-West Ham duels are presented as the most outstanding of the quarterfinals of the Europa League, according to the draw held at Casa del Fútbol in Nyon (Switzerland). With EFE

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