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#UCL: Man Utd will play Bayern Munich

Manchester United have been drawn against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League quater-finals draw held earlier today.

Their English Premier League rivals Chelsea fared slightly better, as they take on Paris St Germain and their talismanic striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

There will also be a rematch of last year’s semi-final between Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid, as Jurgen Klopp’s men will aim to go one better than in the 2012-13 season, where they were beaten 2-1 in the final thanks to a last minute goal from Dutchman Arjen Robben.

And finally, there’s an all-Spanish tie between Lionel Messi’s Barcelona and upstarts Atletico Madrid, who, back in La Liga, are currently offering the first real challenge in many years to the domestic duopoly of Barca and Real.

This was arguably the strongest final eight in many years, perhaps ever - and there was never a danger of getting any real ‘dud’ ties. Although Bayern manager Pep Guardiola will be delighted with the matchup, a vulnerable and relatively weak Manchester United will surely offer less of a threat than some of the heavyweight alternatives would have.

Barcelona and Real Madrid were kept away from each other, keeping the prospects of a Clasico final on the cards. But that will seem a world away for either team, as Real look for revenge against the team that brushed past them last year, and Barcelona will try and get past an Atletico team which they have failed to beat in three previous clashes this season.

The quarter-finals will take place across the first two mid-week periods of April, with games kicking off on Tuesday or Wednesday mornings Australian time.

The final will be held on Saturday May 24th in Lisbon, for the first time since 1967, where Celtic triumphed over Inter Milan, 2-1.


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