Highlights Champions League and Europa League quarter-final draw live: Real Madrid to face Juventus; Arsenal take on CSKA Moscow

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Highlights Champions League and Europa League quarter-final draw live: Real Madrid to face Juventus; Arsenal take on CSKA Moscow
  • 18:05 (IST)

    So that's it from us. Hope you've enjoyed our coverage of the draw. We will witness two big matches in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Last yer's champions Real Madrid will take on last yer's runners-up Juventus while Premier League rivals Liverpool will face Pep Guardiola's Manchester City. 

    We will also run the live blogs of the matches so do join us then. 

    Until then, see you and goodbye!  

  • 17:59 (IST)

    Can Arsenal's imperfect season bring something good for the club?

  • 17:54 (IST)

    Atletico will look to clinch the title this time around! 

  • 17:46 (IST)

    Here are the Europa League fixtures! 

  • 17:45 (IST)

    Fixture dates

    The first leg of the Europa League quarter-finals take place on 5 April with the return fixtures a week later on 12 April.

  • 17:43 (IST)

    In the third match, Atletico Madrid will take on Sporting Lisbon and in the final tie, Lazio will face Salzburg. 

  • 17:41 (IST)

    The second match is between Arsenal and they will face CSKA Moscow 

  • 17:40 (IST)

    The first match is between RB Leipzig and they take on Olympique de Marseille

  • 17:36 (IST)

    Abidal to pick the draw

    Giorgio Marcetti will once again conduct the draw while he's joined by Eric Abidal.

  • 17:32 (IST)

    Now it's time for Europa League quarter-finals draw

    Here are the teams involved: Arsenal (England), Atletico Madrid (Spain), CSKA Moscow (Russia), Lazio (Italy), RB Leipzig (Germany), Marseille (France), Salzburg (Austria) and Sporting Lisbon (Porto).

  • 17:30 (IST)

    Jurgen Klopp's reaction

    “I’ve said it before and it’s still the truth, it’s always common in a draw that you’ll get your neighbour, more or less, but to be honest I don’t mind, really," Klopp said to Liverpool FC's official website.

  • 17:28 (IST)

    Time to add to that tally! 

  • 17:20 (IST)

    Beware, Roma! 

  • 17:11 (IST)

    Offensive and attractive!

  • 17:11 (IST)

    High on intensity

    In another high profile match, Liverpool will face Manchester City. This season, City's run has been phenomenal as they are just two wins away from clinching the Premier League. They lost just one match in the Premier League and that defeat came against Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool. 

    Both teams are famous for their high-intensity football and the two-legged quarter-final can become a goal-fest. 

  • 17:03 (IST)

    The big one

    Juventus vs Real Madrid will be a repeat of last year's final where the Spanish club thrashed their opponents 4-1. Real won the title second time in a row and with the defeat, Juventus had lost their past four Champions League finals. 

    Juventus legend Gigi Buffon never won a Champions League trophy in his three-decade old career. But there's still hope this season and he can start dreaming about the winning medal if his team manages to beat the defending champions.

  • 16:51 (IST)

    That's the quarter-final line-up!

  • 16:51 (IST)

    This is going to be tough for Roma! 

  • 16:49 (IST)

    Sevilla will have their task cut out! 

  • 16:47 (IST)

    Premier League rivals set to take on each other! 

  • 16:46 (IST)

    This is a big one! 

  • 16:44 (IST)

    In the fourth match, Liverpool will take on their Premier League rivals Manchester City.

  • 16:43 (IST)

    Second team is Sevilla and they will take on Bayern Munich. The third match will be between Juventus and Real Madrid. Wow!  

  • 16:42 (IST)

    First team is Barcelona and they will face AS Roma. 

  • 16:40 (IST)

    'Difficult to pick winner'

    Shevchenko: "There are lot of great teams. It's very difficult to pick the winner, but I hope the best team wins. Playing Champions League final was one of my dreams." 

  • 16:38 (IST)

    Well, it's almost time! 

    UEFA’s deputy general secretary & director Giorgio Marchetti will conduct the draw. Former AC Milan forward Andriy Shevchenko will pick the balls for the draw.

  • 16:33 (IST)

    Who said what

    Ahead of the draw, Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta said, "I do not want a Spanish team, because we know each other too much."

    Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri says, "I want to avoid Barcelona, after years of meeting them a year's rest is needed."

    Liverpool midfielder Emre Can says, "There are just strong teams and that's why I don't care (who Liverpool draw). I don't mind who comes. It will be interesting." 

  • 16:19 (IST)

    City are there to win it! 

  • 16:15 (IST)

    Teams in contention for Europa 

    In the Europa League, Arsenal (England), Atletico Madrid (Spain), CSKA Moscow (Russia), Lazio (Italy), RB Leipzig (Germany), Marseille (France), Salzburg (Austria) and Sporting Lisbon (Porto) are the teams vying for the title.

  • 16:03 (IST)

    El Clasico in quarter-final?

    The open draw for the quarter-finals is the first stage of the competition with no seeding and no restrictions on teams from the same country playing each other. So that means eternal rivals Barcelona can play with Real Madrid while Liverpool can take on Manchester City. 

  • 15:56 (IST)

    Europe's best! 

  • 15:47 (IST)

    Hello and welcome to the live coverage of the Champions League and Europa League quarter-final draw. 

    In the Champions League, teams will look to avoid the teams like Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich. England clubs Manchester City and Liverpool have made their way to the quarter-final while Juventus have progressed after beating Tottenham. The others teams in the draw are Roma and Sevilla.

    In the Europa League, Arsenal will find out their opponents in the quarter-final after they overcame AC Milan challenge in the Round of 16. 

Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta admits he would prefer not to face Champions League holders and eternal rivals Real Madrid ahead of Friday's quarter-final draw in Nyon.

Champions League trophy. AFP

Champions League trophy. AFP

The Spain midfielder, a four-time winner of European club football's biggest prize, helped Barca progress to the last eight of the competition for the 11th year in a row after a 4-1 aggregate victory over Chelsea.

But Iniesta is hoping his side will not be drawn against Real, despite Barca defeating Cristiano Ronaldo's team 3-0 at the Bernabeu in the first Clasico of the Spanish league season in December.

"I do not want a Spanish team, because we know each other too much," Iniesta said, with clubs at this stage no longer protected from facing others from the same country.

"The thought of winning the Champions League is always a motivation, but it's difficult. The challenge is minimising errors, because one bad game and you're out."

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri, a runner-up with the Italian giants twice in the past three seasons, is desperate to avoid Barca and Lionel Messi, who hit his 100th Champions League goal on Wednesday.

Juve lost the 2015 final to Barca, and Allegri is sick of the sight of the side who beat his team 3-0 at the Camp Nou in this season's group stage before a goalless draw in the return fixture in Turin.

"I want to avoid Barcelona, after years of meeting them a year's rest is needed," said Allegri, who masterminded a 3-0 aggregate win over the Catalans in last year's quarter-finals.

But the former AC Milan boss is also wary of a Real outfit – unbeaten in the knockout rounds under Zinedine Zidane – that blew his team away 4-1 in June to lift the trophy for a record-extending 12th time.

"Real Madrid are clear favourites because they are growing and can no longer win the league. I won't offend anyone if I say that after three months of holidays they have begun to play," Allegri said.

'City best of the lot'

Roma sporting director Monchi, renowned from his time at Sevilla, believes Pep Guardiola's Manchester City are the strongest team in Europe, but concedes it will be a tall order regardless of the draw for a club through to its first quarter-final in 10 years.

"It's tough to say who is the best," Monchi said. "They're all difficult.

"(Barcelona) have a player (Messi) who's not normal in their team.

"Then there's Real Madrid, a club that's accustomed to winning everything; Juventus are on a successful run; Manchester City are the best of the lot in my opinion; Bayern Munich faced a good side in Besiktas, with top players, and won 5-0."

Five-time European champions Bayern head into the pot in confident mood after an 8-1 aggregate demolition of Besiktas, but coach Jupp Heynckes says that won't count for much in the next round.

"It comes down to the form on the day," said Heynckes. "It's also crucial to have all your important players. And then you need a little bit of luck at the right point."

Germany striker Sandro Wagner, who notched his first Champions League goal in the 3-1 win in Istanbul, believes Bayern are a match for anyone.

"We are Bayern Munich and we know we can overcome any opponent if we have a good day," he said.

Wagner's international team-mate Emre Can is equally as relaxed ahead of discovering Liverpool's quarter-final fate.

"There are just strong teams and that's why I don't care (who Liverpool draw). I don't mind who comes. It will be interesting," said Can, who under Jurgen Klopp is part of the first Liverpool side to reach this stage of the tournament since 2008-09.

The first legs of the quarter-finals will be played over April 3-4, with the returns scheduled for 10-11 April.

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Updated Date: Mar 16, 2018 18:24:14 IST

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