Champions League trophy. PHOTO/COURTESY
By SPORTS CORRESPONDENT
The cream of the crop in Europe have discovered their Champions League fate.
Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid will see two of Europe’s biggest heavyweights go head-to-head. The German and Spanish giants last met in Europe’s premier club competition in the semi-finals in 2014, with Madrid – ironically managed by current Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti – running out 5-0 winners on aggregate.
Leicester City are up against last year’s finalists, Atletico Madrid.
Diego Simeone’s men will prove to be incredibly stern opposition for the Foxes, but they are known to upset the apple cart.
The Premier League champions progressed to the last eight by beating Spanish title-chasers Sevilla 3-2 on aggregate.
Leicester will play the first leg against last year’s beaten finalists away from home on 12 April, with the return leg on 18 April.
“Facing a team who have reached the final in two of the past three seasons is a massive challenge but it’s just the kind of tie you expect in the quarter-finals of the Champions League,” said Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare.
“Atletico Madrid are a very good team with some fantastic individuals with experience in the competition, but we’ll be ready to give everything to progress.
“It will be a brilliant occasion for our supporters and for everyone at the club, but before the players can begin to think about these games, we have Premier League matches to come that are of huge significance to our season.
“They will be our sole focus.”
Atletico are the only side left in the quarter-finals who Leicester have previously played, but the Foxes have not beaten the Spaniards in their four previous meetings.
Diego Simeone’s side were beaten by neighbours Real Madrid on penalties in last season’s Champions League final.
Borussia Dortmund vs Monaco has all the makings of a thriller. Two intense, attack-minded teams coached by up-and-coming managers, and all the young talent you could possibly dream of. Expect goals.
Last but by no means least, Juventus vs Barcelona. Leonardo Bonucci expressed his desire to face the Catalan giants prior to the draw as he and Juve are itching for revenge.
Luis Enrique’s men defeated the Turin outfit 3-1 in the Champions League final in 2015, and will be hoping for more of the same come April.
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