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Champions League quarterfinal draw: Manchester United face Bayern Munich, as European giants collide

Mar 21, 2014, 7:22 AM EDT

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The ‘Elite Eight’ of European soccer are left in the UEFA Champions League, and on Friday some monster ties were drawn out for the quarterfinals.

The four ties see an all-Spanish clash between La Liga title contenders Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona, while Real Madrid will face Borussia Dortmund to try and avenge their semifinal defeat last season. Then the two Premier League teams were drawn out against tough opposition, as Chelsea face reigning French champions Paris Saint-German, while Manchester United face reigning European champions Bayern Munich.

Manchester United have the hardest draw on paper, as Bayern have looked superb throughout the group stages and first knockout round. The Red Devils have won just two of their nine meetings against the German powerhouse in the UCL, but one of those came in their dramatic 1999 final win to lift the famous trophy. As for Chelsea, Jose Mourinho’s men will travel to Paris for the first-leg, then welcome Zlatan Ibrahimovic and co. to Stamford Bridge for the return match.

For the first time in the Champions League era, all eight group winners have advanced to the quarterfinal stage as an incredibly strong competition has played out in 2013-14.

The first legs of the Champions League ties are set to be played on 1-2 April and the second legs on 8-9 April. The team listed first below will play at home in the first leg.

Quarterfinal draw

Atletico Madrid vs. FC Barcelona
Real Madrid vs. Borussia Dortmund
Paris Saint-Germain vs. Chelsea
Manchester United vs. Bayern Munich

  1. jlgsoccer - Mar 21, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    good draw for Real. Athletico v Barca will be closer than people think

    • mikeevergreen - Mar 21, 2014 at 5:01 PM

      Penalty kicks.

  2. chunkala - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    I guess its over for Moyes now.

    • bear06 - Mar 22, 2014 at 1:44 AM

      It’s over for Man U. Moyes will stay.

  3. egb234 - Mar 21, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Always fun when the biggest clubs collide. A little disappointed MCFC didn’t give Barca a harder push, but still a great group.

    Less important: Subtle reminder of Italian mediocrity.

  4. mikeevergreen - Mar 21, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    A while back, Zlatan Ignoramovitch stated that a World Cup without him “wouldn’t be worth watching.” I disagree.

    But we get a bonus. Not only do we not have to watch this guy at the World Cup, we don’t have to watch him in a European Champions League final, either.

    SUCH A DEAL!

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