Real Madrid to play Bayern in Champions League quarterfinals
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Mar 29, 2017,
Mar 29, 2017, 2:12
Ian Rush, the former Liverpool star and Welsh worldwide, now an ambassador for the 2017 Champions League final in Cardiff, attends the draw of the quarterfinals in Nyon, Switzerland on Friday.
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane insists he will be the "pupil" to Carlo Ancelotti's "master" when the European champions face Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals. Besides Madrid, he also coached AC Milan to two Champions League titles. They have one of the best goal-scorers in the world with Robert Lewandowski, who has 21 league goals and he has a supporting cast of great attacking players like Arjen Robben, Thomas Muller, Kingsley Coman and Douglas Costa.
"The match against Real Madrid will be special for me". "I was with him as assistant. l learned a lot from him".
Juventus, meanwhile, beat FC Porto 3-0 on aggregate to progress, while Leicester defeated Sevilla over two legs in one of the most historic victories in the Foxes' history. The return match in Manchester will be on April 20.
Atletico, which made it to two Champions League finals in the last three seasons and won the Spanish league in 2014, is trying to re-establish itself as the third force in Spanish soccer after a hard start this season.
Diego Simeone s Atletico have reached the Champions League final in two of the last three seasons, losing to city rivals Real on both occasions, past year on penalties.
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Asked specifically what he thought about the draw and facing his former mentor and Bayern, he said: "The Champions League draw?"
This means that the two Bundesliga teams will start their quarterfinal ties at home, with the first legs to be played on 11 and 12 April and the return matches to be held on 18 and 19 April.
Ancelotti guided Real to their 10th Champions League title in 2014, but was sacked a year later and after taking a year-long sabbatical he took over as Bayern Munich coach.
"I've said all along that Leicester will be a risky side against anyone if they're on their game. There are no secrets anymore", Ancelotti said.
Monaco has become a feared team, and the highest scoring team in any top European league this season, after starting among the lowest-ranked clubs in the group-stage draw in August. It's a hard match.