There is the potential for teams from the same domestic division to face off In the semifinal draw, with the winner in the Chelsea/Real Madrid tie playing Manchester City or Atletico. Meanwhile, Benfica or Liverpool will face Villarreal or Bayern.
Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel said on the prospect of facing Madrid: “A tough one. The challenger cannot be much higher and playing the second leg in the Bernabeu with spectators, but it’s a big challenge and also big excitement around this match, around this fixture. So we know what’s coming. It will be an exciting match and a tough challenge.”
Atletico coach Diego Simeone said of being drawn to play City: “Above all a great admiration for [Pep] Guardiola, and for the work he’s been doing at City in recent years, which is shown game after game. After that, it’s a difficult competition, they are great ties between all the teams. We’ll have time to assess the game, now we focus on our game against Rayo Vallecano, that’s all I have in my head.”
The fixtures will be confirmed shortly, but as both Madrid teams have been drawn at home in the second leg of the quarterfinals, it is expected one tie will be reversed. As Atletico Madrid qualified as Spanish champions, their tie will remain unaltered, while Real Madrid’s game against Chelsea should be reversed and the second leg held at Stamford Bridge. This also happened in 2019 when both Manchester City and United were drawn at home, with United’s tie switched around.
Quarterfinal first legs will take place on April 5 and 6, with the second legs on April 12 and 13.
The semifinal first legs follow on April 26 and 27, with the return legs on May 3 and 4.
Champions League quarterfinal draw:
Chelsea vs. Real Madrid
Manchester City vs. Atletico Madrid
Villarreal vs. Bayern Munich
Liverpool vs. Benfica
Champions League semifinal draw:
Manchester City or Atletico Madrid vs. Chelsea or Real Madrid
Liverpool or Benfica vs. Villarreal or Bayern Munich