French league leaders Paris Saint-Germain will take on Chelsea in the Champions League quarter-finals after the draw was made at UEFA’s headquarters in Switzerland on Friday.
It will be the first time the two have met in the knockout phase of the competition, though Chelsea won 3-0 in Paris in the group stages in 2004/2005, with the return game finishing in a goalless draw.
PSG go into the tie in good form though, having eased into the quarter-finals with a 6-1 aggregate win over Leverkusen.
Chelsea, meanwhile, beat Turkish side Galatasaray 3-1 on aggregate to make it into the last eight.
Elsewhere, Real Madrid were drawn against Borussia Dortmund, giving them a chance to avenge last season's Champions League semi-final defeat by the German club.
Titleholders Bayern Munich were paired with Manchester United, a meeting that will inevitably spark memories of their 1999 final when United scored two goals at the death to win 2-1.
And the remaining tie will be an all-Spanish affair between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, the teams' first-ever meeting in European competition.
In all, the 2014 quarter-final draw promises to be one of the toughest in the 22-year history of the Champions League in its current form.
It is the first time all eight group stage winners have reached the quarter finals. Real Madrid are looking for a 10th title and reigning champions Bayern Munich a sixth. But no team has won twice in a row since it became the Champions League.
(FRANCE 24 with AFP, REUTERS)
Date created : 2014-03-21