Champions League draw: Liverpool play Real Madrid, Chelsea face Porto, Man City meet Borussia Dortmund

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Champions League draw: Liverpool play Real Madrid, Chelsea face Porto, Man City meet Borussia Dortmund

Champions League quarter-final draw: Manchester City vs Borussia Dortmund, Porto vs Chelsea, Bayern Munich vs Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid vs Liverpool – the semi-final draw could see Liverpool play Chelsea and Man City take on Bayern or PSG

Image:Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane scored in both Champions League last-16 legs as Liverpool beat RB Leipzig 4-0 on aggregate

Liverpool have been drawn against Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals, a repeat of the 2018 final, with Chelsea facing Porto and Manchester City taking on Borussia Dortmund.

Holders Bayern Munich will face last year’s losing finalists Paris Saint-Germain in the last eight.

The semi-final draw also took place on Friday, with Liverpool and Chelsea set to meet in the last four should both progress, while City could play Bayern or PSG for a place in the final.

Of the three English sides remaining, Liverpool arguably have the toughest draw against Spanish champions Real, who beat Jurgen Klopp’s side 3-1 three years ago in Kiev.

Gareth Bale helped Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 in the 2018 Champions League final
Image:Gareth Bale helped Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 in the 2018 Champions League final

Liverpool overcame RB Leipzig 4-0 on aggregate to reach the quarters this time around, and speaking before the draw Klopp said he is hoping to regain momentum in the Premier League to help their Champions League bid.

“The only reasons you play in this competition is because you want to win it,” Klopp said after beating Leipzig last week. “We aren’t silly and so far, this season it is not one which looks like we will win the Champions League in the end.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp ahead of the UEFA Champions League round of sixteen, second leg match at the Puskas Arena, Budapest. Picture date: Wednesday March 10, 2021.0:53

Jurgen Klopp insists his team are not yet thinking about winning the Champions League after overcoming RB Leipzig 4-0 on aggregate in the last 16

“We had momentum in that [the Champions League] but not in the Premier League yet and we will have games to get that back – and that would help the Champions League definitely.”

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After beating Atletico Madrid 3-0 on aggregate in the last 16, Chelsea take on Portuguese champions Porto, who stunned Juventus in the previous round to progress.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel believes his new-look Chelsea boast the “edge and glue” to become genuine Champions League title contenders.

“They play with a special bond and performances and results like this give you a certain edge and glue to achieve special things. You can only achieve this through results and experiences,” Tuchel said after Wednesday’s 2-0 win over Atletico.

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