Chelsea will face holders Real Madrid, who easily dispatched Liverpool in the last 16. Real, led by former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti, are the only team to have won the tournament four times. Chelsea has shown improvements recently, but they will be firm underdogs against the Spanish giants.
Manchester City, seeking their first Champions League title, will take on Bayern Munich, the Bundesliga champions with a rich history in the competition. Bayern knocked out Paris St-Germain in the last round and cannot be underestimated. They also have former Liverpool striker Sadio Mane, who has proven to be a thorn in City’s side during his time at Anfield, including a Champions League win and two final losses.
If Chelsea and Manchester City progress, they could face each other in an all-English semi-final. However, both managers, Graham Potter, and Pep Guardiola understand the tough task at hand and know they must navigate past their opponents in the quarter-finals first.
The last-four draw will provide further excitement, with the possibility of an all-English affair. However, both teams must focus on overcoming their formidable opponents first. Real Madrid and Bayern Munich will be filled with belief that they can overcome the Premier League clubs, making for fiercely competitive matches.
Potter and Guardiola will have their work cut out for them, but with strong squads and tactical expertise, they will undoubtedly relish the challenge. The first legs of the quarter-finals will take place on April 11-12, with the return legs scheduled for April 18-19. With so much at stake, football fans are in for a thrilling ride as the Champions League knockout stages progress.