Chelsea and City draw Madrid clubs in Champions League quarter-finals

Liverpool pitted against Benfica; City earn battle with Atlético while Bayern get Villarreal

Madrid clubs stand in the way of two Premier League teams' Champions League hopes after Chelsea drew Real Madrid and Manchester City landed Atlético in the quarter-final draw.

Liverpool were handed a more straightforward-looking assignment against Benfica, with the first leg in Lisbon, and Villarreal play Bayern Munich in the other tie.

With the semi-final draw also made on Friday, it emerged that the winners of the ties involving the Madrid clubs will face one another for a place in the final, raising the possibility of an all-Premier League or all-Madrid clash.

Chelsea and City play their quarter-final first legs at home. A tie against Real Madrid brings Chelsea, the holders, up against their former manager Carlo Ancelotti, who led his team to victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the previous round.

Atlético will face City having beaten Manchester United in the last 16, a 1-1 draw in Madrid being followed by their 1-0 victory at Old Trafford.

Benfica reached the quarter-finals by knocking out Ajax, a 1-0 win in Amsterdam securing the tie 3-2 on aggregate. Benfica are a distant third in the Portuguese league but are on an eight-game unbeaten run.

The quarter-final first legs are scheduled for 5th-6th April, with the returns a week later.

Champions League quarter-final draw

Chelsea v Real Madrid

Manchester City v Atlético Madrid

Villarreal v Bayern Munich

Benfica v Liverpool

Champions League semi-final draw

Manchester City or Atlético Madrid v Chelsea or Real Madrid

Benfica or Liverpool v Villarreal or Bayern Munich

- Guardian

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