Chelsea to Play Real Madrid in Champions League Quarter-Finals

Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea beat Pep Guardiola's Manchester City in the 2021 Champions League final, while Jurgen Klopp won the trophy with Liverpool in 2019 Holders Chelsea will face a formidable challenge in the quarter-finals of...

Thomas Tuchel, Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea beat Pep Guardiola's Manchester City in the 2021 Champions League final, while Jurgen Klopp won the trophy with Liverpool in 2019

Holders Chelsea will face a formidable challenge in the quarter-finals of the Champions League as they go head-to-head with Real Madrid, the 13-time winners of the prestigious tournament. This highly anticipated match-up sets the stage for an exhilarating encounter between two football powerhouses.

A Reunion with Ancelotti

The draw holds significance for Chelsea fans as it marks a reunion with their former manager, Carlo Ancelotti. The Italian tactician, who achieved a Premier League and FA Cup double during his two-year stint with the London club, is now leading Real Madrid. Ancelotti's illustrious managerial career includes three Champions League triumphs, one of which was with Real Madrid in 2014. The encounter will undoubtedly ignite memories and emotions for both Ancelotti and the Chelsea faithful.

Chelsea and Real Madrid crossed paths in last season's semi-finals, with Thomas Tuchel's side emerging victorious with a 3-1 aggregate scoreline. This accomplishment propelled them to the final, where they defeated Manchester City and secured the Champions League title. The London club enters this clash with confidence, having never lost in their five previous meetings with Real Madrid.

The Road to the Final

The winner of the Chelsea versus Real Madrid tie will face either Atletico Madrid or Manchester City in the semi-finals. Meanwhile, Benfica or Liverpool will contend against either Villarreal or Bayern Munich. These matchups promise thrilling encounters and intense battles as the remaining teams vie for a spot in the final.

The quarter-finals will take place on April 5-6 and April 12-13, followed by the semi-finals on April 26-27 and May 3-4. The grand finale will be held at the iconic Stade de France in Paris on May 28, after it was relocated from St. Petersburg due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

In the Europa League, West Ham secures their first European quarter-final since 1981 and will face Lyon. Rangers, on the other hand, are set to clash with Portuguese side Braga. The tournament's intense matchups ensure a thrilling competition for fans around the world.

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With each draw, the excitement grows as football fans eagerly await the exhilarating clashes and unpredictable outcomes that the quarter-finals and beyond will bring. The Champions League and Europa League continue to captivate audiences as the pursuit of glory intensifies.

Champions League Quarter-Final Draw

  • Chelsea vs Real Madrid
  • Manchester City vs Atletico Madrid
  • Villarreal vs Bayern Munich
  • Benfica vs Liverpool

Champions League Semi-Final Draw

  • Manchester City or Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea or Real Madrid
  • Benfica or Liverpool vs Villarreal or Bayern Munich

West Ham and Rangers Progress in Europa League

West Ham's remarkable journey in the Europa League sees them face Lyon in the quarter-finals. This milestone marks only the second time the Hammers will meet French opposition in European competition, with their previous encounter resulting in victory against Metz in the 1999 Intertoto Cup final. On the other end, Rangers will renew their rivalry with Braga, having triumphed over the Portuguese side in the Europa League's Round of 32 in 2020.

Giovanni van Bronckhorst's Feyenoord also progresses to the quarter-finals after a convincing triumph over Red Star Belgrade. In the event of reaching the semi-finals, West Ham could potentially face Barcelona, while Rangers might square off against RB Leipzig or Atalanta. Excitement builds as British representation in the Europa League remains strong, potentially creating an all-British final.

The two-leg quarter-finals are scheduled for April 7 and 14, followed by the semi-finals on April 28 and May 5. The final will take place at Sevilla's Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium on May 18.

Europa League Quarter-Final Draw

  • RB Leipzig vs Atalanta
  • Eintracht Frankfurt vs Barcelona
  • West Ham vs Lyon
  • Braga vs Rangers

Europa League Semi-Final Draw

  • RB Leipzig or Atalanta vs Braga or Rangers
  • West Ham or Lyon vs Eintracht Frankfurt or Barcelona

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Foxes Face PSV in Europa Conference League

Leicester City's triumph over French side Rennes in the Europa Conference League sets up a quarter-final clash against Dutch club PSV Eindhoven. The upcoming fixtures on April 7 and 14 will decide which teams advance to the semi-finals on April 28 and May 5. The final will take place in Tirana, Albania on May 25.

Europa Conference League Quarter-Final Draw

  • Bodo Glimt vs Roma
  • Feyenoord vs Slavia Prague
  • Marseille vs PAOK Salonika
  • Leicester vs PSV Eindhoven

Europa Conference League Semi-Final Draw

  • Leicester or PSV Eindhoven vs Bodo Glimt or Roma
  • Feyenoord or Slavia Prague vs Marseille or PAOK Salonika

The European football stage is set for breathtaking encounters as teams push the boundaries of their abilities to claim glory. The Champions League, Europa League, and Europa Conference League continue to enthrall fans with thrilling matches that will undoubtedly leave a lasting impact on the beautiful game. Let the battles commence!