Wolfsburg wary as last eight take stock

"We are up against the best Swedish team," said VfL Wolfsburg coach Ralf Kellermann as the eight contenders sized up the challenges that await them in the quarter-finals.

Wolfsburg got a tough quarter-final draw
Wolfsburg got a tough quarter-final draw ©Harry Jurkschat

Players and coaches have been giving their thoughts on the UEFA Women's Champions League quarter-finals draw, with Glasgow City FC and Bristol Academy WFC excited by glamour ties.

1. FFC Frankfurt (GER) v Bristol Academy WFC (ENG)
Siegfried Dietrich, Frankfurt manager

Every UEFA Champions League game is a big challenge. The big teams avoided each other in the quarter-finals, which means that the three favourites won't meet each other yet. And it means we will see a tough semi-final. First we will focus on Bristol, who are still an unknown quantity for us, but our coach Colin Bell will already have sourced some information. It will be a huge challenge to play a newcomer that has nothing to lose and will be ambitious. But we want to reach the final in Berlin and after these draws the road to Berlin is quite visible for us.

VfL Wolfsburg (GER, holders) v FC Rosengård (SWE)
Ralf Kellermann, Wolfsburg coach

We are up against the best Swedish team who have eased to their title. Players like Marta, Anja Mittag, Ramona Bachmann – this is a top side and we have to play the second leg away from home on artificial turf. But if you want to play in the Champions League and you want to prove yourself, you have to compete with the best teams. And if we want to reach the final we also have to eliminate Rosengård.

Glasgow City FC (SCO) v Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)
Eddie Wolecki Black, Glasgow coach
What an exciting game for any player to have at any stage of their career. There is no doubt we are massive underdogs in the tie, but as PSG proved in the last round sometimes underdogs can win. It is a massive game for our club and also for our game and home town and hopefully one which Scotland can embrace and get behind us in numbers.

Farid Benstiti, Paris coach
It will be a very good experience to see another team and another culture – that's cool. If we are serious and very clear, and if we respect Glasgow, we have a chance to advance to the semi-finals, and we might have a better chance than if we had faced Lyon. But it won't be easy. On paper we are favourites – we have a lot of good players – but football is football. People thought Lyon would get to the quarter-final and instead it was Paris – that was a big surprise. We don't want Glasgow to get a shock result too.

Linköpings FC (SWE) v Brøndby IF (DEN)
Martin Sjögren, Linköpings coach
I don't want to be disrespectful to Brøndby but it could have been much worse for us. We said beforehand that we wanted to avoid playing a Swedish team – it's better when we are separated at this stage. Our chances are pretty good to go through to the next round. But Brøndby have a good team and more experience than us in this competition.

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