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Holders Chelsea to face Real Madrid in Champions League Quarter-finals

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Holders Chelsea will meet 13-time champions Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Manchester City will take on Atletico Madrid, Liverpool will take on Benfica, while Bayern Munich will face Villarreal.

The winner of Chelsea’s match against Real Madrid will face either Atletico Madrid or Manchester City in the semi-finals, while Benfica or Liverpool will face either Villarreal or Bayern Munich.

The quarter-finals will be held in two legs on 5-6 April and 12-13 April.

The semi-finals will begin on 26-27 April and conclude on 3-4 May.

The final will be held in the Stade de France in Paris on Saturday, 28 May, after been relocated from St Petersburg following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Chelsea now face a reunion with former manager Carlo Ancelotti, who won the Premier League and FA Cup during his two-year tenure at Stamford Bridge from 2009 to 2011.

The Italian is one of only three managers to have won the Champions League three times, including with Real Madrid in 2014, and returned to Real Madrid last summer following his departure from Everton.

Chelsea and Real met in the semi-finals last season as too, with Thomas Tuchel’s side prevailing 3-1 on aggregate before defeating Manchester City in the final.

Atletico Madrid have been drawn against Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, with Diego Simeone’s side having upset Manchester United 2-1 on aggregate in the quarter-finals.

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