Struggling starters Chelsea were drawn against 13-time winners Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals on Friday, while Manchester City take on Atletico Madrid.
Liverpool were drawn to Benfica as the three remaining English clubs were separated and Bayern Munich were paired with Spanish side Villarreal.
Chelsea are hoping to defend their title in Europe despite turmoil at the club’s Stamford Bridge, which was put up for sale after the British government placed Russian owner Roman Abramovich under sanctions following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Thomas Tuchel’s side are due to face Real at home in the first leg on April 5 or 6, before returning to the Santiago Bernabeu a week later.
It was reported this week that Chelsea may have to play their next Champions League home fixtures behind closed doors due to EU sanctions against Abramovich preventing them from selling tickets.
Chelsea beat Madrid – now coached by former Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti – in the semi-finals last season, before beating Pep Guardiola’s city in the final at Porto and lifting the Champions League trophy for the second once under the ownership of Abramovich.
With the semi-final draw taking place at the same time, Chelsea and City know they will meet in the last four if they both progress in their quarter-finals against Spanish opponents, but a Madrid derby at this stadium is also a possibility.
After knocking out Manchester United in the Round of 16, Atletico will return to the North West of England for the first leg of their draw against City, which will see Guardiola face Diego Simeone.
Favorable draw for Liverpool
Liverpool, the 2019 European champions who are still in contention to win a quadruple this season, will be very keen to get the better of two-time European Cup winners Benfica in the first leg of this encounter. playing in Lisbon.
Benfica are currently only third in the Portuguese league this season, but they progressed to the knockout stages at the expense of Barcelona and then ousted a much-loved side Ajax.
The winners of this encounter will face either Bayern or Villarreal in the last four, with the German giants traveling to Spain for the first leg against Unai Emery’s side.
Villarreal won the Europa League last season and reached the Champions League quarter-finals by stunning Juventus, beating the Italians 3-0 in Turin on Wednesday to go 4-1 on aggregate.
The Champions League semi-finals will be played in late April and early May, with the final taking place at the Stade de France in Paris on May 28.
The match was originally scheduled to be played in Saint Petersburg before the Russian city was withdrawn from the game by UEFA due to Russian military action in Ukraine.
It is the third year in a row that UEFA have moved the Champions League final with the Covid-19 pandemic resulting in the 2020 edition being transferred from Istanbul to Lisbon and then back from the Turkish city in Porto last year.
The 80,000 capacity Stade de France in Saint-Denis just north of the French capital has hosted the Champions League final twice before, in 2000 when Real Madrid beat Valencia and in 2006 when Barcelona beat Arsenal.
Chelsea (ENG) v Real Madrid (ESP)
Manchester City (ANG) vs Atlético de Madrid (ESP)
Villarreal (ESP) – Bayern Munich (GER)
Benfica (POR) v Liverpool (ENG)
Manchester City or Atlético Madrid versus Chelsea or Real Madrid
Benfica or Liverpool against Villarreal or Bayern Munich
– Quarter-final first leg on April 5 and 6, return on April 12 and 13
– Semi-finals first leg on April 26 and 27, return on May 3 and 4
– Final to be played at the Stade de France in Paris on Saturday May 28
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