UEFA Champions League holders Manchester United FC will take on 2004 winners FC Porto while Chelsea FC and Liverpool FC are matched again in the quarter-finals after the draw for the remainder of the competition was made today in Nyon.
United were beaten by Porto when the Portuguese side won the competition, with the English titleholders aiming to become the first team to successfully defend the trophy since the UEFA Champions League was introduced in 1992/93. The winners of that tie will play the side that emerges from the tie involving Villarreal CF, the only surviving team never to have reached a UEFA Champions League final, and Arsenal FC, the club that defeated the Spanish outfit at this juncture three seasons ago.
Chelsea and Liverpool have faced off in the semi-finals in three of the past four campaigns but they meet a stage earlier this time round. The last-four opposition for the winners will be FC Barcelona or FC Bayern München, the two leading scorers in the competition this term with 24 goals apiece.
The quarter-final ties will take place on 7/8 and 14/15 April and the semi-finals on 28/29 April and 5/6 May. The final will be held at the Stadio Olimpico, Rome, on Wednesday 27 May at 20.45CET. For full draw details, including dates, click here.
|UEFA Champions League quarter-finals|
1st leg: 07/08 April; 2nd leg: 14/15 April
|1||Villarreal CF (ESP)||v||Arsenal FC (ENG)|
|2||Manchester United FC (ENG, holders)||v||FC Porto (POR)|
|3||Liverpool FC (ENG)||v||Chelsea FC (ENG)|
|4||FC Barcelona (ESP)||v||FC Bayern München (GER)|
|UEFA Champions League semi-finals|
1st leg: 28/29 April; 2nd leg: 5/6 May
|1||Winner quarter-final 2||v||Winner quarter-final 1|
|2||Winner quarter-final 4||v||Winner quarter-final 3|
|UEFA Champions League final|
Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Wednesday 27 May, 20.45CET
|Winner semi-final 2||v||Winner semi-final 1|