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Bayern face PSG as Real Madrid tackle Liverpool in Champions League quarter-finals

Holders Bayern Munich will face last year’s beaten finalists Paris Saint-Germain in the quarter-finals of this season’s Champions League, while Friday’s draw for the last…

Holders Bayern Munich will face last year’s beaten finalists Paris Saint-Germain in the quarter-finals of this season’s Champions League, while Friday’s draw for the last eight also threw up a clash between Liverpool and Real Madrid.

The draw also pitted Premier League leaders Manchester City against Borussia Dortmund, with Chelsea set to play Porto in the other tie.

Bayern defeated PSG 1-0 behind closed doors in Lisbon last August to win their sixth European Cup and remain the team to beat in Europe, having won 18 and drawn one of their 19 games in the Champions League since the beginning of last season.

The first leg is set to be played in Germany on April 6 or 7, with the return in Paris a week later.

“The draw is, of course, a difficult one, and surprises exist, but we’re going to play against the team that is the best on the continent at the moment,” said PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino, who was appointed in January and oversaw a 5-2 aggregate win over Barcelona in the last 16.

“We’re optimistic, the team will be competitive, we knocked out Barcelona and now we are focused on Bayern, with one objective, that of qualifying for the semi-finals,” the Argentine said to PSG’s official website.

Meanwhile, the meeting of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool and Real is another re-run of a recent final, with the Spaniards beating the Reds 3-1 in Kiev in 2018 to win the last of their record 13 titles to date.

Liverpool bounced back from that to lift the trophy for the sixth time in Madrid in 2019 but their Premier League title defence this season has unravelled, with the Anfield club sixth in the table having lost nine times in 17 games in 2021.

Klopp’s side are due to be away from home in the first leg, but it remains to be seen where that match will be played.

Meanwhile, Manchester City will be strong favourites against Dortmund, with the winner of that tie going through to a semi-final showdown with either Bayern or PSG.

This season’s semi-finals are due to be played in late April and early May, with the final scheduled for May 29 in Istanbul.

FULL DRAW

Quarter-finals

Manchester City (ENG) v Borussia Dortmund (GER)

Porto (POR) v Chelsea (ENG)

Bayern Munich (GER) v Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)

Real Madrid (ESP) v Liverpool (ENG)

First legs April 6/7, second legs April 13/14

Semi-finals

Bayern Munich (GER) or Paris Saint-Germain (FRA) v Manchester City (ENG) or Borussia Dortmund (GER)

Real Madrid (ESP) or Liverpool (ENG) v Porto (POR) or Chelsea (ENG)

First legs April 27/28, second legs May 4/5

The final will hold in Istanbul on May 29.

(AFP)

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