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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, defending champion, Real Madrid, thirteen 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. In the Europa League, Lyon has an appointment with West Ham.

The eight clubs that emerged victorious from the knockout stages 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 will not be part of this double meeting 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, crowned thirteen times. 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 in May 2021, 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)

Lyon against West Ham in the Europa League

The draw for the Europa League quarter-finals also took place in Nyon, with former Spanish goalkeeper Andrés Palop as special guest. Olympique Lyonnais, the last French club still in the running and FC Porto scorer, inherited English side West Ham, who eliminated Sevilla FC. Interesting poster for Eintracht Frankfurt, the only club among these quarter-finalists to have already won this competition in 1980 (it was then called the UEFA Cup): FC Barcelona awaits it.

Qualified without playing after the disqualification of Spartak Moscow as part of the sanctions taken against Russia after the invasion of Ukraine, RB Leipzig will play against Atalanta Bergamo. Finally, the Portuguese of Braga will face the Scottish Rangers. The first legs are scheduled for April 7, the return matches for April 14.

In the semi-finals, the winner of Leipzig-Bergamo will face that of Braga-Rangers, while the winner of West Ham-Lyon will face that of Frankfurt-Barcelona.

The quarter-final schedule:

  • RB Leipzig (Germany) – Atalanta Bergamo (Italy)
  • Eintracht Frankfurt (Germany) – FC Barcelona (Spain)
  • West Ham (England) – Olympique Lyonnais (France)
  • SC Braga (Portugal) – Rangers FC (Scotland)

Marseille against PAOK Salonika in the Europa League Conference

Qualified after its two victories against FC Basel in the round of 16, Olympique de Marseille saw an old acquaintance during the draw for the quarter-finals of the new Europa League Conference: its ex-captain Lorik Cana, responsible for drawing balls. The former Albanian midfielder did not have too heavy a hand with the Phocaeans. Jorge Sampaoli’s men will face the Greeks of PAOK Salonika.

The first legs are scheduled for April 7, the return matches for April 14.

The winner of the Leicester-Eindhoven match will find that of Bodo / Glimt-Rome in the semi-finals. The other semi-final will oppose the winner of Rotterdam-Prague to that of Marseille-Salonique.

The quarter-final schedule:

  • FK Bodo/Glimt (Norway) – AS Roma (Italy)
  • Feyenoord Rotterdam (Netherlands) – Slavia Prague (Czech Republic)
  • Olympique de Marseille (France) – PAOK Salonika (Greece)
  • Leicester (England) – PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands)

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