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Which is the best quarter-final tie?

Friday's UEFA Champions League quarter-final draw threw up plenty of intrigue, but we want to know which you think is the pick of the ties. Join the debate now.
 
 
Published: Friday 21 March 2014, 15.20CET

Which is the best quarter-final tie?

Friday's UEFA Champions League quarter-final draw threw up plenty of intrigue, but we want to know which you think is the pick of the ties. Join the debate now.

Friday's UEFA Champions League quarter-final draw threw up four mouth-watering encounters – but what is the tie of the round?

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FC Bayern München look to have been handed the most comfortable route through considering Manchester United FC's domestic travails. However, the Premier League title holders have European pedigree in abundance and are sure to be buoyed by their dramatic comeback against Olympiacos FC in the round of 16. Can they upset Josep Guardiola's men in the last eight?

Runners-up to Bayern last season, Borussia Dortmund won 4-3 against Real Madrid CF in the semi-finals en route to Wembley. However, taking into account their Bundesliga struggles – and the Merengues' quest for both a 2013/14 treble and a European Cup 'décima' – Jürgen Klopp's side will have their work cut out to repeat the trick.

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Chelsea manager José Mourinho

José Mourinho, still seeking that elusive and unprecedented third UEFA Champions League crown, was at the helm when Madrid lost out to Dortmund last term. The Portuguese is now back in charge at Chelsea FC and faces a testing assignment against a Paris Saint-Germain team spearheaded by the rapacious Zlatan Ibrahimović. Mourinho won 3-0 in the French capital in his first-ever UEFA Champions League game with the Blues, in 2004, but will the current Paris crop prove too much for his side?

Lastly, there is a domestic reunion in store which threatens to be the closest tie of the lot. Club Atlético de Madrid and FC Barcelona are separated by a solitary point in the Spanish Liga and have drawn all three of their meetings in 2013/14. The Azulgrana, though, are in a seventh straight quarter-final and have lifted the trophy three times in the past eight campaigns. Can Atlético spring yet another surprise in a season of the unexpected?

Let us know what you think is the pick of the quarter-final ties.

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Last updated: 21/03/14 17.51CET
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