Who are the rivals and on what date will the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League be played?
The first legs of the Champions League quarterfinals will be played between April 11 and 12, while the second leg will be between April 18 and 19
This Friday, March 17, the draw was held to set the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League after the classification of the 8 best teams: Real Madrid, Milan, Inter Milan, Napoli, Chelsea, Manchester City and Bayern Munich.
The first legs will be held between April 11 and 12, while the return will be 7 days later, between April 18 and 19. For the first time since 2009, 3 teams from Italy qualified and were among the best 8 clubs in the tournament (Milan, Inter and Napoli).
For its part, Real Madrid, current champion of the tournament, is the only surviving Spanish club in the competition and will seek to expand its record in the European Cup to 15 championships.
The quarterfinal crosses are as follows:
Real Madrid vs. Chelsea – (Leave April 11 – return April 19)
Benfica vs. Inter Milan – (Lead April 11 – return April 19)
Manchester City vs. Bayern Munich – (First leg April 12 – return April 18
AC Milan vs. Napoli – (Lead April 12 – return April 18)
🇪🇸 Real Madrid vs Chelsea 🏴— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) March 17, 2023
🇵🇹 Benfica vs Inter 🇮🇹
🏴 Man City vs Bayern 🇩🇪
🇮🇹 Milan vs Napoli 🇮🇹
*FC Internazionale Milano's match has been reversed in accordance with the principles set by the Club Competitions Committee. #UCLdraw pic.twitter.com/m1gMqFs1fV
In the semifinals, the winner of match 1 will face the winner of match 3, while the winner of match 2 will rival the winner of match 4.
The semifinals will be played between May 10 and 17, while the final will be in Istanbul on June 10.
As in the 2021-2022 edition, Real Madrid and Chelsea will face each other in the quarterfinals. The Spanish team won that confrontation after coming back from behind at the Santiago Bernabeu and winning it in extra time. For its part, Chelsea comes from eliminating Borussia Dortmund in the round of 16.
Another of the big crosses will be that of Bayern Munich against Manchester City due to the level of both clubs. Pep Guardiola will face his former team and will continue to seek to win his first European Cup after doing so with FC Barcelona.
An Italian team will be in the winner's semifinal between AC Milan and Napoli that would mark a return of Italian football to the European elite after several years of drought.