The road to Istanbul is already taking shape a little more than two months before the Champions League final.
The competition has so far represented a change of guard. The debate between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo begins very slowly but inevitably to turn into a fight between Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland.
Both strikers have so far shone Mbappe’s hat-trick on Europe’s biggest stage when Paris Saint-Germain dismantled an unlucky Barcelona at Camp Nou among the highlights of the last 16.
Although the Champions League is only 22 years old, it is one of the few prizes that the French have missed so far.
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Despite PSG making it into the 2020 final, they’ll be curious to know their potential opponents in the past eight before looking too far at this year’s flagship project in Turkey.
Premier League Liverpool and Manchester City both have one foot in the last eight games after beating RB Leipzig and Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-0 each in the first leg.
Europe could give both of them a welcome break after their recent home defeats to Fulham and Manchester United.
Chelsea were able to prevail in the first leg thanks to Olivier Giroud’s spectacular bicycle kick with an important away goal against Atletico Madrid against Wanda Metropolitano.
Defending champions Bayern Munich are among the favorites, but they are also keeping an eye on their Bundesliga title race as they are only two points ahead of RB Leipzig after beating Dortmund 4-2.
The quarter-finals draw will take place on Friday 19th March at 11am GMT and can be viewed live in the UK on BT Sport or on the Uefa website. It will be an open tie, which means teams from the same associations can play against each other. Although the games are played behind closed doors, Uefa adheres to the rule that teams from the same city cannot play at home on the same day or on consecutive days.
Once the draw has taken place, another draw for the semifinals will take place. A third draw will then decide who will be considered the “home team” in the final in May.
Follow the draw live
- Date: Friday March 19th
- Time: 11 clock
- TV channel: The draw will be broadcast live on BT Sport in the UK
- Live broadcast: The reports can also be streamed live on Uefa’s website