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Champions League and Europa League draws, 2017/2018 quarter-finals: as it happened


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Champions League and Europa League draws, 2017/2018 quarter-finals: as it happened

The three Spanish clubs in the hat avoided each other in Friday's Champions League quarter-final draw in Nyon, but the Premier League's two remaining representatives will face off.

Real take on Juve in 2017 final repeat

Holders Real Madrid will take on Juventus in a repeat of last season's final, while Barcelona were handed a clash with the other Italian side in the draw, AS Roma.

General view of the final draw.

Sevilla given difficult Bayern draw

Fresh from sensationally dumping out Manchester United in the round of 16, Sevilla were given a tough last-eight tie with five-time winners Bayern Munich.

Liverpool up against City in all-Premier League clash

And in the competition's first all-English match-up since 2010/11, Liverpool will meet Manchester City.


Expect goals in Liverpool vs City... We've looked at the Opta numbers behind each quarter-final tie.


Champions League quarter-final draw in full:

Barcelona vs Roma

Sevilla vs Bayern Munich 

Juventus vs Real Madrid

Liverpool vs Manchester City

(First team mentioned is at home in the opening leg)

Ties scheduled for 3/11 and 4/10 April

Sevilla vs Bayern and Juventus vs Real are to be played on 3 and 11 April, while Barça vs Roma and Liverpool vs City will take place on 4 and 10 April.


Take a look at the full Champions League quarter-final fixture schedule


Jürgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola will go head to head in Liverpool and Manchester City's Champions League quarter-final.

Atlético play Sporting CP in Europa League

In the draw for the Europa League quarter-finals, meanwhile, the only LaLiga team left in the tournament, favourites Atlético Madrid, were pitted against Portugal's Sporting CP.

Europa League quarter-final draw in full:

RB Leipzig vs Marseille

Arsenal vs CSKA Moscow

Atlético Madrid vs Sporting CP

Lazio vs RB Salzburg

(First team mentioned is at home in the opening leg)

The first legs will be held on 5 April, with the ties then decided seven days later.

The Europa League trophy during the draw.

2017/18 Champions League and Europa League quarter-final draws: as it happened

We're going to wrap up this live text now. Hope you've enjoyed reading!

All four of the Europa League ties will be played on 5 and 12 April, meanwhile.

We have confirmation of the Champions League quarter-final fixture schedule: Sevilla vs Bayern Munich and Juventus vs Real Madrid are to be played on 3 and 11 April, while Barcelona vs Roma and Liverpool vs Manchester City will take place on 4 and 10 April.

Atlético will, of course, be without Brazil left-back Filipe Luis, who has been ruled out of the World Cup after being stretchered off with a fractured shin bone in Thursday's last-16 second leg at Lokomotiv Moscow.

Atlético Madrid director Clemente Villaverde reacts to Los Rojiblancos being paired with Sporting CP in neighbouring Portugal. Atleti are "very happy" with the tie, he says, particularly as it's "a very affordable trip to Lisbon" for supporters of the Spaniards.

 
AS journalist Tomás Roncero has offered a concise reaction to Real Madrid being drawn with Juventus:

That draw was rapid once more, by the way. Me likey.

Here you have the draw in an easier-on-the-eye format, again courtesy of the fine fellows at Uefa:

  The ties will be played on 5 April and on 12 April. As with the Champions League, the first team out of the hat in each tie is the home side in the opener.

The draw in full: RB Leipzig vs Marseille, Arsenal vs CSKA Moscow, Atlético Madrid vs Sporting CP, Lazio vs RB Salzburg.

Lazio vs RB Salzburg.

Atlético Madrid vs Sporting CP. 

Tie number two: Arsenal vs CSKA Moscow.

First tie is RB Leipzig vs Marseille.

And off we go! They're in a hurry today.

As with the Champions League, it will be an open draw: no seedings, clubs from the same countries not kept apart.

Right, now it's time to turn our focus to the Europa League quarter-final draw. Atlético Madrid are Spain's only representatives, having swept aside Lokomotiv Moscow 8-1 on aggregate. Athletic Club, meanwhile, were comprehensively knocked out by Marseille.

  Amor is also asked whether it would be a "failure" if Barcelona didn't win it the Champions League, having seen their arch rivals, Real Madrid, win the last two. "I think it's a failure if you haven't prepared right, worked hard and competed well; but we know that won't be the case," sidesteps Señor Amor. 

  Barcelona director Guillermo Amor says the Blaugrana are confident after the draw, but adds: "If we were fearful going into the draw, I don't want to imagine how we'd be going into the actual tie." 

And with the Europa League draw imminent, here's a reminder of the last-eight line-up:

In case you missed it, we have prepared a guide on the players who will be out through injury or suspension in the Champions League quarter-finals. 

Real Madrid's director of institutional relations, Emilio Butragueño, has offered his reaction to Los Blancos being drawn with Juventus: "Difficult," said the former striker. "I think Spurs were better [than Juve] for much of their tie; that the Italians went through says much about them. We'll have to be at our best. But we have once more shown what we're capable of in our last-16 tie against PSG."

Don't forget that we have coverage of the Europa League quarter-final draw coming up in just over ten minutes' time:

Roma great Francesco Totti has also had his two cents' worth:

  More reaction from Roma's spanish sporting director, Monchi: "Barcelona are favourites, but nobody should write us off," says the former Sevilla supremo, who also had his say on the Andalusians being paired with Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich. "Sevilla and their fans deserve to be in the Champions League," he said. "As I've said about Roma, no-one should them write off against Bayern."

While are Bayern are now the bookies' third favourites to lift the trophy, that draw has seen Barcelona leapfrog Manchester City to the top of the Champions League betting, reports AS journalist Sergio Santos Chozas. Despite being holders, Real Madrid have slipped to fourth favourites after being paired with Juventus.  

  "It won't be easy at all, but we're really excited to be here. And we're out to achieve something big in Europe. Whoever we'd have been given, it would have been tough," says Sevilla's sporting director Óscar Arias in reaction to the Spaniards' quarter-final tie with Bayern Munich, who have now been installed as third favourites to lift the trophy. Sevilla, meanwhile, are the least-fancied of the eight quarter-final sides... But then they weren't given too much of a prayer against Manchester United, were they?

  That didn't quite go as Real Madrid's fans had hoped. 

 

"It can't be said that the draw was very kind on us," says Roma sporting director Monchi on the Italians' tie against LaLiga leaders Barcelona.

Almost too quick... Who'da thunk it?

Here's the draw in neat pictorial format, courtesy of Uefa:

  With three Spanish teams in the draw, there had been much talk of the potential for an all-LaLiga tie, and even the possibility of a Champions League Clásico. "I want to get Barcelona and put an end to this 'Messianic' nonsense!" AS journalist and number-one Real Madrid fan Tomás Roncero had tweeted earlier.

Well, in the end it was the two Premier League sides who got drawn together. We've had all number of Premier League combinations over the past 15 years or so - Liverpool vs Chelsea, Arsenal vs Chelsea, Arsenal vs Liverpool, Man Utd vs Chelsea, Man Utd vs Arsenal... - but never Liverpool vs Man City.

Oh, and another date for your diary: the draw for the semi-finals will be on 13 April.

So: Barcelona vs Roma, Sevilla vs Bayern Munich, Juventus vs Real Madrid and Liverpool vs Manchester City. Ties to be played on 3/4 April and 10/11 April, first name in each tie is at home in the first leg.

Indeed: Liverpool vs Manchester City, first leg at Anfield.

So it has to be an all-Premier League clash!

The third tie is... Juventus vs Real Madrid! A repeat of last year's final!

Next is... Sevilla vs Bayern Munich.

The first team out of the hat is at home in the first leg, remember.

And we get underway! Out comes the first tie: it is... Barcelona vs Roma!

But wait! It's short!

...and now we have Marchetti's Moment: the explanation of the draw format! 

Uefa secretary general Giorgio Marchetti is up and having a chinwag with AC Milan ledge Andriy Shevchenko, who, as you might imagine, is saying all the right things about winning the Champions League being a "dream" and the pinnacle etc, etc.

By the way, the betting appears to have Manchester City, who beat Basel to reach the quarter-finals, are favourites, ahead of Barcelona and then holders Real Madrid. That second-leg defeat to the men from Switzerland seems not to have damaged the bookies' faith in Pep Guardiola's swashbuckling side, then. Speaking of Pep: there is of course the potential for the ex-Barça boss to come up against either his former club - as he did with Bayern Munich in the 2014/15 semi-finals - or the Blaugrana's arch rivals. 

We start off with a fancy, dramatic-music-tastic video introducing the teams in the quarter-final line-up. I can feel my first "get on with it!"? coming already.

It's 12:00 CET, here we go with the draw ceremony...

  You may also wish to peruse our guide on which players are on the treatment table/naughty step in the next round of the Champions League:

 

 

By the way, we carried out our own mock-Champions League draw earlier this morning (complete with 45 minutes of droning exposition on the mechanics of said draw, you will be relieved to hear). It turned out thusly:

  Sevilla, of course, are in the quarter-finals of Europe's top club competition for the first time since the 1950s, after their stunning 2-1 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford this week. Wissam Ben Yedder was the hero, grabbing two goals off the bench to shock the three-time winners, who, it must be said, played dreadful, negative football throughout the tie, and got what they deserved. As for Spain's other two representatives, holders Real Madrid fairly comprehensively swatted aside Paris Saint-Germain, while Barcelona (and particularly Lionel Messi) were just too good for Chelsea, punishing the Blues' schoolboy errors to advance at their expense. 

As is detailed in our preview below, the first legs of the Champions League quarter-finals will be played on 3 and 4 April, with the returns held on 10 and 11 April. Uefa are expected to confirm the last-eight fixture schedule in the hours after the draw.

Here is the full Champions League quarter-final line-up, in alphabetical order: Barcelona (ESP), Bayern Munich (GER), Juventus (ITA), Liverpool (ENG), Manchester City (ENG), Real Madrid (ESP), Roma (ITA), Sevilla (ESP).

Our Spanish-language colleagues also have a live feed of the two draws up and running, if the language of Cervantes happens to be your thing.

A reminder that the Champions League and Europa League draws will both be of the open variety; that means that there will be no seeds, and teams from the same countries can face each other.

Oh, and don't forget that you have a brief preview that we rather hope will furnish you with the info you need in advance of Uefa's ball-plucking fest. You will find that at the bottom of this page.

Incidentally, if you are looking to add sounds and moving images to our live-text coverage of the Champions League and Europa League draws, then you may wish to avail yourself of our rather useful little guide on how and where to watch.

  This morning, meanwhile, the AS front page leads with the results of our fans' survey. We asked supporters of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Sevilla who they'd like their club to face, and they answered: "Roma yes, Juve no".

Indeed, "LaLiga strikes blow to the Premier League", was the headline on our front page yesterday:

With five Premier League clubs in the Champions League last 16, it was all looking rather like the year that England's top flight knocked LaLiga off its perch, to quote a certain red-nosed Scotsman. But, as AS editor Alfredo Relaño noted yesterday, it hasn't really turned out that way, has it?

Spain has four representatives across this lunchtime's two draws, with three - Real Madrid, Barcelona and Sevilla - in the hat for the Champions League quarters, and one - Atlético Madrid - in the line-up for the Europa League.

The draw for the Champions League quarter-finals is first up in at Uefa HQ in Nyon, Switzerland, with the balls being plucked from the hat from 12:00 CET. An hour after that, we'll then learn the last-eight pairings in the Europa League.

Good morning! Ready for some drawtastic action! We are tingling with anticipation at AS Towers.

2017/18 Champions League/Europa League draws: preview

Spain's four remaining European representatives are set to learn their quarter-final fates in the Champions League and Europa League draws in Nyon, Switzerland, this lunchtime.

Champions League followed by Europa League 

Real Madrid, Barcelona and Sevilla take their places in the hat for the last eight of the Champions League at 12:00 CET, before Atlético Madrid find out the identity of their Europa League opponents from 13:00 CET.

Both will be open draws - meaning that. there will be no seedings system, and clubs from the same national association will not be kept apart - while, in each tie, the first name out will be the home team in the first leg.

The teams in the Champions League quarter-final draw:

The three LaLiga teams in the Champions League quarters are joined by two from the Premier League, two Italians and one from Germany.

Barcelona (ESP)

Bayern Munich (GER)

Juventus (ITA)

Liverpool (ENG)

Manchester City (ENG)

Real Madrid (ESP)

Roma (ITA)

Sevilla (ESP)

The first legs will be played on 3 and 4 April and the returns are to take place on 10 and 11 April, with Uefa due to publish the confirmed fixture schedule in the hours after the draw.

The teams in the Europa League quarter-final draw:

The line-up for the quarter-finals of the Europa League, which comprises eight clubs from eight different countries, is:

Arsenal (ENG)

Atlético Madrid (ESP)

CSKA Moscow (RUS)

Lazio (ITA)

Leipzig (GER)

Marseille (FRA)

Salzburg (AUT)

Sporting CP (POR)

The first legs will held on 5 April, with the second legs on 12 April.