18 Mar 2022 | 18:09 | Football
The draw for the quarter-finals of the Champions League 2021/22 took place at the headquarters of the European Football Federation (UEFA) in Nyon (Switzerland).
From this round, UEFA will drop the rules about teams from the same country. Accordingly, the possibility of a match between two Premier League or La Liga clubs is entirely possible. UEFA will conduct the draw with the utmost caution to avoid repeating incidents like in the previous round of 1/8 matchmaking ceremony.
The Premier League still shows its dominance this season when contributing 3 out of 8 candidates. With the exception of Manchester United being eliminated by Atletico Madrid, Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea all showed convincing performance in the round of 16.
Fans expect a dream match between Liverpool and Man City in the quarterfinals. The two strongest clubs in England today are still comparing each point in the championship race in the Premier League.
Liverpool have been in better form recently. The port city team has won the League Cup and is aiming to become the first English club to win the treble (League Cup, Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup).
“The Kop” and Man City once clashed in the quarter-finals of the Champions League in the 2017/18 season. At that time, coach Jurgen Klopp’s teachers and students overcame their rivals Manchester with a total score of 4-2 after 2 matches.
At this year’s tournament, Bayern still proves the strength of the leading candidate for the championship. Robert Lewandowski and his teammates engulfed the inexperienced Salzburg team with a score of 7-1 in the second leg of the round of 16.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid is also gradually regaining its position as one of Europe’s top clubs when it has a second consecutive season in the quarterfinals. Before that, “Los Blancos” had 3 consecutive years of being eliminated from the round of 16. With the sublime performance of Karim Benzema and Vinicius Junior, the Spanish Royal team can sweep away any opponent.
The first leg quarter-finals will be played on April 5 and 6, and the return legs will be played on April 12 and 13. The first leg semi-finals will be played on April 26 and 27, and the return legs on May 3 and 4. The final will be held on May 28 at the Parc des Princes (France).
After the draw for the quarter-finals of the Champions League, UEFA also divided the pairs in the quarter-finals of the remaining two cup tournaments, the Europa League and the Europa Conference League.
In the Europa League, Barcelona and Leipzig are being evaluated as two championship candidates. Meanwhile, AS Roma, Leicester City also received high expectations in the Conference League. This is a cup tournament organized by UEFA from this season.