Champions League Quarter-Finals Draw: Foxes face Atletico, Ancelotti set for Madrid reunion
Posted by Bryan | Published on March 17, 2017
Leicester City have been drawn against Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid in their first-ever Champions League quarter-final. The Foxes are the last remaining English side in the Champions League after their stunning 3-2 aggregate win over Sevilla and following Manchester City’s exit at the hands of Monaco. Simeone’s Atletico are last year’s beaten finalists and will now face a home tie against the Foxes on 11 or 12 April, with the return leg coming on 18 or 19 April.
Meanwhile across the Spanish capital, holders Real Madrid are set for an interesting reunion with former manager Carlo Ancelotti who famously led them to ‘La Decima’ by beating city rivals Atletico Madrid 4-1 after extra time in the 2014 Champions League final.
The 57 year-old Italian is also chasing history of his own, having already masterminded three Champions League wins that has placed him alongside Liverpool great Bob Paisley as the most successful managers in Champions League/European Cup history. A fourth Champions League title will see Ancelotti go one clear of the Liverpool legend and cement his place in Champions League history by becoming the first manager to win the Champions League with three different clubs.
Elsewhere, Serie A champions Juventus, who were runners-up to Barcelona in the 2015 final, will once again face Luis Enrique’s side and will seek to make amends for that 3-1 defeat in the 2015 final.
Luis Enrique, who is set to leave the Catalan giants at the end of the season, famously led Barcelona to the treble and their fifth European Cup in his first season in charge and will be looking to sign off in the best possible way with another European triumph.
French Ligue 1 leaders Monaco will come up against German giants Borussia Dortmund after their pulsating 6-6 draw with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City that saw them go through on away goals.
Draw in full:
Atletico Madrid (Spain) v Leicester City (Eng)
Borussia Dortmund (Germany) v Monaco (France)
Bayern Munich (Germany) v Real Madrid (Spain)
Juventus (Italy) v Barcelona (Spain)