Eight groups stay within the hunt for essentially the most coveted prize in European membership soccer as they get set to study who they may face within the Champions League quarterfinals.
Defending champions Real Madrid are nonetheless within the combine after a snug victory over Liverpool within the Round of 16 in what was a repeat of final yr’s ultimate.
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Although the Reds exited, the Premier League continues to be represented within the ultimate eight because of Chelsea and Manchester City.
Chelsea might be seeking to repeat the identical heroics of 2021 after they final received the event whereas Pep Guardiola and City proceed to safe the one trophy that has eluded them for years regardless of important funding.
Portuguese giants Benfica additionally stay within the hunt, as do Bayern Munich.
But, maybe considerably surprisingly, it’s Italy which has the most important illustration within the Champions League.
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For the primary time for the reason that 2005/06 season, three Serie A groups are nonetheless within the competitors: AC Milan, Napoli and Inter,
Napoli maintain a snug 18-point lead on the prime of Serie A and look on monitor to safe its first scudetto in over 30 years.
The quarterfinal stage can also be the furthest the membership has ever gone within the Champions League having solely made it so far as the Round of 16 beforehand, even with the legendary Diego Maradona within the workforce.
HOW DOES THE DRAW WORK?
At this stage of the event, it’s now an open draw.
That means groups from the identical nation might play towards each other, with the identical equation going through groups drawn in the identical group earlier within the competitors.
The draw will happen at 10pm on March 17.
WHEN ARE THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUARTER FINALS?
The first legs of the Champions League quarterfinals might be performed on Wednesday April 12 and Thursday April 13 (AEDT).
The second legs might be performed on Wednesday April 19 and Thursday April 20 (AEDT).
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