Champions League Draw: Chelsea Draw Real Madrid As Bayern Munich Land Manchester City

Champions League Draw: Chelsea Draw Real Madrid As Bayern Munich Land Manchester City

Martin Moses
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:28 PM
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  • Real Madrid face Chelsea, while Man City play Bayern Munich in the Champions League last eight
  • The four quarter-finals teams will provide the two participants in one semi-final after the Nyon draw
  • Napoli will square off with AC Milan in an all-Italian quarterfinal, with Benfica and Inter in the other

Manchester City will face Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals of the Champions League in what is set to be the standout fixture of the stage.

The draw was conducted in Nyon, Switzerland, on March 17 as the road to the Istanbul final on June 10 became clearer.

Real Madrid will face Chelsea for the third consecutive season after they were drawn together in the Champions League.

The UCL semi-final draw

In the semi-final draw, the winner of the Man City vs Bayern tie will play the winner of the Chelsea vs Real Madrid match.

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At least one Italian club will be in the semi-finals, with the possibility of one being in the final after the three clubs were drawn on one side.

Pep Guardiola will return to his former club, as the Citizens return to Germany yet again after seeing off RB Leipzig in the round of 16.

Joao Cancelo will also have an immediate reunion with his parent club.

The UCL draw in full

Real Madrid vs Chelsea

Inter Milan vs Benfica

Manchester City vs Bayern Munich

AC Milan vs Napoli

A look at the teams

It is the first time since 2006 that both Milan clubs have qualified for the quarter-finals of the Champions League. This is the first last eight appearance for Napoli.

Luciano Spalletti's charges remain the dark horses to win the competition if they can replicate their domestic performance in Europe.

On paper, Benfica looks like the weakest team of the remaining eight. However, Roger Schmidt's side won't be pushovers.

The Portuguese team topped a group that had Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus. They have also only lost one game the whole season.

The rest of the four teams - Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Real Madrid, and Man City - are regulars at this stage of the competition, with the first three the winners of recent events.

The Blues' domestic season has been in shambles this season, but there is a belief that their squad is sufficient to compete for European's top prize. Man City remain in pursuit of their maiden title after heavy investment over the years.

Spalletti answers Guardiola's claims

Sports Brief previously reported on Spaletti responding to Pep Guardiola's claims that his Napoli side is currently the best team in Europe.

The Italian giants are undoubtedly among the favourites to win the Champions League after leading an almost error-free season so far.

Napoli is also closing in on the Serie A title thanks to the seemingly unstoppable pairing of Victor Osimhen and Khvicha Kvaratskhelia.

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Martin Moses is a sports journalist with over five years of experience in media. He graduated from Multimedia University of Kenya (Bachelor of Journalism, 2017-2021)