There were no blockbuster matches drawn – no El Clasico, no Pep Guardiola faces Manchester City, but we are in for four intriguing quarterfinal matches of the UEFA Champions League. The quarterfinal draw took place in Nyon Friday, with all eight teams learning their fate as they look to book their place in the final in Milan.
The biggest of the four quarterfinals will be between Barcelona, the one team nobody wanted to draw, and Atletico Madrid, which means one La Liga team will definitely make it to the semifinals of the Champions League.
It is likely to be two teams from Spain, though, because Real Madrid will be confident of seeing off the challenge of Wolfsburg in their quarterfinal tie. Cristiano Ronaldo and his side last won the title two years ago, and, with the La Liga crown out of the question as Barca run away in the league, this is their one chance of earning a major trophy this season.
Bayern Munich will also be fairly satisfied with their draw, after setting up a clash with Portuguese giants Benfica. Bayern made it to the Champions League quarterfinals by the skin of their teeth, scoring a late goal in normal time against Juventus to take it to extra time, before their superiority paid off. Guardiola, who avoided facing his team for next season Manchester City, will hope this tie proves to be a lot more serene than the one against Juventus.
The final quarterfinal will be between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City, and while City will be glad to have avoided Barcelona, they will know they have a big job at hand against PSG, who eliminated another English Premier League opposition in Chelsea in the last 16.
Champions League quarterfinal lineup: Wolfsburg vs Real Madrid
Bayern Munich vs Benfica
Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid
PSG vs Manchester City
Note: The first leg will be played April 5-6, while the second leg will take place April 12-13.