March 17th 2023.
Winner of semi-final 1 vs Winner of semi-final 2
The draw for the quarter-final, semi-final and final all took place on Friday, resulting in Chelsea being pitted against Real Madrid while Manchester City take on Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, with the two Premier League sides potentially meeting each other in the semis.
Chelsea advanced to the last eight of the tournament after coming back from behind to clinch a 2-1 aggregate victory against Borussia Dortmund and the league champions City also beat German side RB Leipzig by a score of 8-1.
Starting from the quarter-final stage, the draw becomes ‘open’ with no seedings or country protection – meaning teams from the same national association can now face each other – while (Image Source: https://metro.co.uk)
the team drawn first plays the first leg at home.
Chelsea have been assigned a tough draw against Real Madrid, who have won the competition four times in the past seven years, while Guardiola returns to Bavaria to take on his former club Bayern Munich.
The Blues will play the first leg of their tie at the Bernabeu with the second leg at Stamford Bridge a week later, while City have the difficult task of a second leg away to the Allianz Arena.
The semi-finals as well as the ‘home’ side in the final have also been determined with AC Milan taking on Napoli in an all-Italian encounter with Inter battling Benfica in another.
The first semi-final will be between the winners of Milan/Napoli and Inter/Benfica, and the second will be between the victors of Real Madrid/Chelsea and Man City/Bayern Munich with the final featuring the victors of the previous two semi-finals.
Winner of Semi-final 1 vs Winner of Semi-final 2
On Friday, the draw for the quarter-finals, semi-finals and final of the Champions League were made, with Chelsea placed against Real Madrid and Manchester City going up against Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals. The two English sides could potentially meet in the semis.
Chelsea emerged victorious from the second round, beating Borussia Dortmund 2-1 across both legs, while City demolished RB Leipzig 8-1. With no seedings or country protection beyond the quarter-finals, any teams from the same nation can face each other.
This means that the Blues have been handed a difficult draw against Real Madrid, who have won the competition four times in the past seven years, while City boss Pep Guardiola returns to his former club, Bayern Munich. Chelsea's first leg will be at the Bernabeu, and the second leg will take place at Stamford Bridge a week later.
Meanwhile, AC Milan, who were last season's Serie A winners, will face Napoli, who are set to become this season's champions, while Inter, who share the San Siro with their city rivals, take on Benfica, Portuguese league leaders. In addition to the quarter-final draw, the brackets for the semi-finals have also been decided, as well as a third draw to determine 'home' side in the final.
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