This morning in our household, we were discussing the match-ups that we were expecting to see out of today’s draw for the Quarter-Finals.
We should have laid a bet on it because we picked all four combinations. If Arsenal had made it through, we would have drawn the Gunners.
At 12pm CET in Nyon, Switzerland, retired English mid-fielder Steve McManaman plucked the following:
Malaga vs. Dortmund
Real Madrid vs. Galatasaray
PSG vs. Barcelona
Bayern vs. Juventus
The First Legs will be played on 2/3 April; the Second Legs on 9/10 April and the draw for the Semi-Finals will take place on April 12th.
It all happens very quickly from now on.
Here’s what Andoni Zubizarreta had to say, after the draw:
“The teams that have reached the quarter-finals are there because they have done well [in the tournament so far]. The draw can be seen as both good and bad, it all depends on whether we are back in Nyon for the semi-final draw in three weeks or not. We have just experienced something in the round of 16 that demands us to be prudent.”
“We have to look on playing the return game in Barcelona as being positive. PSG have very good players with a lot of talent. With their experience and knowledge of playing these types of games I am sure they will be challenging right until the end [of the tie]. They are very competitive and we will be coming up against several players we know quite well.”
PSG Sporting Director, Leonardo, commented:
“It is the most difficult draw against the best team in the competition. We play the return leg at their home ground. It won’t be easy, but we are looking forward to it because Paris deserves to be part of what will be a celebration of football.”
“We get the chance to measure ourselves against one of the greatest sides of all time. Barcelona are the red-hot favourites, it’s a celebration in which anything can still happen.”
PSG will be without Ibrahimovic for the First Leg and Barcelona will be without Pedro.