Bayern draw United, Barcelona to play Atlético in UEFA Champions League
The quarter-final draw of the UEFA Champions League produced a repeat of last year’s Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid CF affair, an all-Spanish tie and a clash of FC Bayern Munchen and Manchester United FC.
Quarter-finals (1/2 & 8/9 April)
FC Barcelona (ESP) v Club Atlético de Madrid (ESP)
Real Madrid CF (ESP) v Borussia Dortmund (GER)
Paris Saint-Germain (FRA) v Chelsea FC
FC Bayern München (GER) v Manchester United FC (ENG)
The encounter between Bayern and the Red Devils evokes memories of the clubs’ 1999 showpiece in Barcelona, where Sir Alex Ferguson’s men scored twice in the 90th minute through substitutes Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjær to stun their opponents and complete an unprecedented English treble.
More recently the sides faced one another at this juncture in 2009/10 and 2000/01, with Bayern triumphing on both occasions en route to reaching the final of each edition of the competition.
Bayern’s domestic rivals and the team they defeated at Wembley last May, Borussia Dortmund, renew acquaintances with Real Madrid CF. The clubs went head-to-head in a last-four contest 11 months ago memorable for Robert Lewandowski’s four-goal haul in a 4-1 first-leg win for the Schwarzgelben and an ultimately unsuccessful Merengues fightback in the return.
Vying with Madrid for the Spanish title, FC Barcelona and Club Atlético de Madrid will now meet in UEFA competition for the first time, a tie sure to tug at the heart strings of the latter’s former Blaugrana striker David Villa. There were no goals in the only Liga fixture to date between the sides this season.
Premier League pacesetters Chelsea FC, meanwhile, will tackle their Ligue 1 counterparts Paris Saint-Germain. The Blues prevailed 3-0 in the French capital and drew 0-0 at home in the only previous games between the teams, in the 2004/05 group stage.
The semi-final draw, also held in Nyon, is on 11 April, with those matches scheduled for 22/23 April and 29/30 April. The 2013/14 UEFA Champions League final will be played on Saturday 24 May at Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Lisbon.