UCL Quarter-Finals Draw: Leicester handed tough Atletico tie, Real Madrid face Bayern Munich

Premier League champions Leicester have been drawn against Atletico Madrid in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, as the Foxes must topple Diego Simeone’s side to reach the final four.

Despite their struggles in the Premier League, Leicester’s decision to sack Premier League winning manager Claudio Ranieri proved the right one as they stunned Europa League champions Sevilla to sensationally reach the quarter-finals.

Leicester stunned Sevilla 3-2 on aggregate to reach the quarter finals
image: sportinglife.com

Atletico cruised into the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a 4-2 aggregate victory over Bayer Leverkusen, with the La Liga side having reached the final of the Champions League twice in the past three seasons.

It won’t be Leicester’s first meeting against Atletico with the two sides having met in the first round of the UEFA Cup in the 1997-98 season, in which Atletico triumphed 4-1 on aggregate.

Craig Shakespeare’s side will be hoping for a different result this time around, as the Premier League side look to do the unthinkable and reach the semi-finals of the Champions League.

There will also be a clash of European heavyweights in the quarter-finals with Carlo Ancelotti bringing his Bayern Munich side to the Spanish capital to face his former employers Real Madrid.

The Italian guided Real Madrid to the Champions League trophy in 2014 but this time around, he will be hoping to win it with new side Bayern Munich and deny Real Madrid the chance to become the first side to retain the cup in the Champions League era.

It has been a very productive first season for Ancelotti in Germany with Bayern sitting comfortably ten points clear at the top of the Bundesliga and crushed Arsenal 10-2 on aggregate to reach the quarter-finals.

It was also an easy route in the last eight for the holders, who beat Serie A side Napoli 6-2 over the two legs, but Zinedine Zidane’s side will now face a much tougher test in the next round in what should be two exciting matches against Bayern Munich.

The quarter-finals draw has also given us a repeat of the 2015 Champions League final as the comeback kings Barcelona face a tough test against Italian champions Juventus.

Not many would have believed Barcelona would be in the quarter-final draw just over two weeks ago, but the Catalans produced the greatest comeback in Champions League history recovering from 4-0 first leg defeat to stun PSG 6-1 at the Nou Camp to turn their tie around.

It was not as dramatic for Massimiliano Allegri’s side as Juventus eased into the last eight for just the third time in seven seasons after a 3-0 aggregate victory over Porto.

Juventus suffered a 2-1 defeat to Barcelona in the final two years ago but they will be hoping for a different outcome this time around as the Italians go in search for a first Champions League trophy since 1996.

Barcelona clinched a dramatic comeback against PSG at the Nou Camp
image: barcalens.com

The final tie made for the quarter-finals sees the last French side left in the competition Monaco face off against German side Borussia Dortmund, as both teams go in search of a first Champions League title.

Monaco came from 5-3 down in a thrilling first leg encounter with Man City to book their place in the last eight for the second time in three seasons with a convincing 3-1 home win to go through on the away goals rule.

German side Dortmund also had to recover from a first leg defeat to Benfica to seal their progress, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring a hat-trick in a comfortable 4-0 home win against the Portuguese champions.

There should be eight great games in the Champions League quarter-finals with the first legs taking place on the 11/12 April with the second leg games a week later on 18/19 April.

Full Draw

Atletico Madrid v Leicester
Borussia Dortmund v Monaco
Bayern Munich v Real Madrid
Juventus v Barcelona

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