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Champions League quarter final draw simulated as Chelsea & Man City given tough ties

Real Madrid v Liverpool - UEFA Champions League

Friday’s Champions League draw will have plenty of viewers as players and fans tune in to see who their teams will face in the quarter finals and potentially the semi finals.

Defending champions Real Madrid remain the team to beat after comfortably seeing off Liverpool in the last 16, though European giants like Manchester City, Chelsea and Bayern Munich remain in contention for most coveted prize on the continent.

There are no restrictions for proceedings on Friday, meaning the eight teams left in the draw can be drawn against any other team.

Ahead of the gathering in Nyon, Switzerland, 90min simulated a run through draw for the quarter finals of the Champions League, and there were some tough ties thrown out for the two remaining English sides.

Real Madrid v Liverpool - UEFA Champions League

Teams will be hoping to avoid Real Madrid / Anadolu Agency/GettyImages

So what was Graham Potter’s reward for steering Chelsea past Bundesliga title challengers Borussia Dortmund in the last 16? Two dates with current European champions Real Madrid.

The two clubs have been familiar foes in recent seasons, meeting in the knockout stages of the 2020/21 and 2021/22 editions. Chelsea won the first tie in the semi finals before beating Manchester City in the final, while a late comeback from Real last season was enough for them to progress to the last four last term.

Alejandro Grimaldo, Fredrik Aursnes, Goncalo Ramos

Benfica easily saw off Club Brugge / Soccrates Images/GettyImages

Benfica showed they weren’t messing around in this year’s Champions League with strong performances in a group also containing Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus. They squeezed through in first place, with the reward being a last 16 tie against Club Brugge which they dominated.

AC Milan managed to hold off a poor Tottenham across two legs thanks to Brahim Diaz’s strike at San Siro but a major improvement will be needed against the Portuguese outfit, who sit top of the Primeira Liga by eight points.

Giovanni Di Lorenzo and Kim Min-jae of SSC Napoli celebrate...

It’ll take a strong team to beat Napoli this season / Insidefoto/GettyImages

There are three Italian teams left in the Champions League – it’s the first time that’s happened since 2005/06. Napoli are among the favourites this year thanks to their Serie A title charge but it’s the first time they’ve ever reached the quarter finals of the competition.

If they are drawn against Inter, it’ll give Luciano Spalletti’s side the chance to avenge one of just two league defeats they’ve suffered this season.


Erling Haaland

Haaland could return to Germany / James Gill – Danehouse/GettyImages

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