Chelsea and Man City Face Tough Roads to Champions League Final After Horror Draw
After being paired with Real Madrid in the quarterfinals of the Champions League, CHELSEA has been dealt a nightmare draw.
After signing Bayern Munich, Manchester City faces a difficult task as well.
The English rivals would face each other in the semifinals if they advanced to the last eight, eliminating the possibility of an all-English final in Istanbul.
Real Madrid, who defeated Liverpool in the previous round, will face Chelsea for the third time in as many seasons.
In 2021, the British and Irish Lions defeated the Spanish.
Under Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea defeated Real Madrid 3-1 on aggregate in the semi-finals en route to their triumph over City in the championship match.
Last season, Real Madrid exacted their vengeance en route to yet another European title.
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Despite losing 3-1 at home, Chelsea led 3-0 at the Bernabeu before losing in extra time, 5-4 on aggregate.
Pep Guardiola returns to the Allianz Arena to face his former club Bayern.
City recently defeated fellow Germans RB Leipzig by an aggregate score of 8-1.
And Guardiola will be desperate to defeat his former team.
After leaving Barcelona, Guardiola spent three years at the Allianz Arena before moving to the Etihad.
And with City having to play the first leg at home, the German champions present a formidable obstacle for the Catalans in their desperate pursuit of the sport’s most prestigious trophy.
City and Bayern have met six times before, all in the group stage, with each team claiming three victories.
Guardiola was in charge of four of those contests, guiding Bayern to a 3-1 victory in Manchester and a 3-2 defeat at home despite leading 2-0 after 12 minutes in 2013.
In the following season, both teams won at home, with Sergio Aguero scoring a hat-trick to give Manchester City a 3-2 victory at the Etihad after Bayern Munich won 1-0 in Bavaria.
In the other quarterfinal match, Inter Milan faces league-leading Benfica.
Aside from this, there is an all-Italian matchup between AC Milan and Serie A leaders Napoli.
Real Madrid or Chelsea will face City or Bayern in the semifinals.
On the opposite side, Inter Milan or Benfica will face either AC Milan or Napoli.
In the meantime, fans asserted that the Champions League draw is “rigged” after English clubs were paired with terrible opponents.
One person stated, “This draw is set.”
Another user commented, “Lol, this Champions League draw is fixed because what the hell.”
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