Friday 21 March 2014
Manchester United will need to overcome the European club champions Bayern Munich if they are to reach the semi-finals of the UEFA Champions League, while Chelsea will take on Paris Saint-Germain in the last-eight stage, following today's quarter-final draw in Nyon this morning.
Bayern are the favourites for the competition, having won it for a fifth time last season, but this draw will revive sweet memories for United fans, whos team staged a dramatic fightback to beat the Bundesliga giants with two late goals to win the final in 1999.
Chelsea, meanwhile, will hope to build upon a good record against PSG, whom they faced in the group stage of the 2004/05 season, Jose Mourinho's first at Stamford Bridge, winning 3-0 at home, before sharing a goalless draw in the French capital.
The Blues will travel to Paris for the first leg on Wednesday 2 April, with the home leg scheduled for Tuesday 8 April. United will play their home leg first, on Tuesday 1 April, with the second leg in Munich on Wednesday 9 April.
|UEFA Champions League quarter-final draw
|Barcelona v Atletico Madrid|
|Real Madrid v Borussia Dortmund
|Paris v Saint-Germain v Chelsea|
|Manchester United v Bayern Munich
All ties to be played on 1/2 and 8/9 April.
Head coach Tim Sherwood took pride in his side’s performance after Tottenham Hotspur bowed out of the UEFA Europa League at the last-16 stage with a 2-2 draw with Benfica in Lisbon.
Trailing 3-1 from the first leg at White Hart Lane last week the tie looked over after Ezequiel Garay’s 34th-minute opener for Benfica, but Nacer Chadli struck twice in two minutes to make for a rousing final 11 minutes. Spurs had claims turned down for a penalty that might have forced extra-time, and instead conceded a spot-kick in the fifth minute of stoppage time which ended their resistance.
"They showed real character and guts. They need to do that until the end of the season because we've got some tough games"
“Sometimes you get them and sometimes you don't and at the moment we're not getting them,” said Sherwood of the challenge on Harry Kane that might have given them a lifeline. “We would have gone on to win it. We had them where we wanted them.
"But 3,000 travelling fans from London must be proud of what they saw. They stuck behind them and the boys put on a performance which they can go and be proud of. They showed real character and real guts and they need to do that until the end of the season because we've got some tough games ahead and I'm confident they will do that."
Spurs must ready themselves for the visit of Southampton on Sunday, when they will aim to bounce back from successive Barclays Premier League defeats by Chelsea and Arsenal against a Saints side fresh from back-to-back top-flight victories.
Defenders Younes Kaboul and Jan Vertonghen both missed the Benfica trip through injury and suspension respectively but both should be back for Sunday's encounter. A full preview of this encounter, including team news and managers' pre-match press conferences will be available on our Carlsberg Live Match Centre. Just click here >>.
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Benfica 2-2 Spurs (Chadli, 2). Benfica win 5-3 on aggregate