Bayern to face Juventus in Champions
Today’s quarter-final draw sees Barcelona pitted against Paris St Germain
Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg match against AC Milan. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images
Four-times winners Bayern Munich will face a resurgent Juventus in the pick of the Champions League quarter-finals following the draw made in Nyon today.
Bayern, beaten finalists last season when Chelsea lifted the trophy, will first host the Serie A champions who are back in the quarter-finals after a seven-year absence.
"That is certainly not a dream draw for us," Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said of meeting the twice European champions.
"Statistically we have not had good experiences with Juventus. It will be difficult and we will need to have two good days against them to reach the semis."
Favourites Barcelona will face Paris St Germain with the first leg in France.
The French club’s sporting director Leonardo admitted: "We are going to play against the best team - not just because of what they did this week (coming back to beat AC Milan), but because of what they have been doing in the past years.
"It is not easy but no draw would have been easy anyway. Paris deserves to be part of the big party."
Nine-times winners Real Madrid will take on Galatasaray in a tie which pits Jose Mourinho, coach of the Spanish side, against his former Chelsea player Didier Drogba. Real are at home first.
Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund were drawn against Champions League newcomers Malaga in the other quarter-final with the Spaniards at home in the first leg.
"We can live with this draw," Dortmund sports director Michael Zorc said. "At least it is better than playing Barcelona, Real or Bayern." The first legs will be played on April 2nd or 3rd and the second legs on April 9th or 10th.
Champions League quarter-final draw: Bayern Munich v Juventus; Real Madrid v Galatasaray; Barcelona v Paris St Germain; Borussia Dortmund v Malaga.