Barcelona out for revenge in Champions League quarter-final tie against Atletico Madrid
Other last-eight matchups see Manchester City tackling Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich up against Benfica and Real Madrid taking on Wolfsburg
Holders Barcelona and their feared attacking trident have drawn fellow Spaniards and 2014 finalists Atletico Madrid in the Champions League last eight.
Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, Barcelona’s formidable attacking trio, will seek revenge for their 2-1 aggregate quarter-finals exit at the hands of Diego Simeone’s formidable charges two seasons ago.
“With Atletico Madrid everything is complicated,” said Barcelona representative Javier Bordas, who was in Nyon, Switzerland for the draw.
“Their strengths are well known. They are watertight at the back and can hurt you in attack,” he said of the side who have shipped just three goals in the competition so far.
“They are our No 1 rival in the Spanish league, I don’t believe there was a tougher side we could have drawn. We know this is going to be really tough.”
In another tantalising matchup, new money outfits Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain face off after Swedish giant Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s side toppled Chelsea in the last round. It is a first ever quarter-finals for City.
PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi seemed convinced his up-and-coming side can get to their first semi-final in twenty years.
“In the quarter-finals there are only good teams left,” Khelaifi said. “We have enormous respect for Manchester City, But I believe our players will produce another big European performance.”
Having overcome Juventus in a dramatic comeback in midweek five-time European champions Bayern Munich will have been relieved to have drawn Portugal’s Benfica.
“We will have to remain very focussed, it’s the quarter-finals, you don’t take these matches lightly,” said Bayern winger Franck Ribery.
Zinedine Zidane’s 10-time winners Real Madrid and the Champions League’s runaway top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo (13 goals), drew Germans Wolfsburg, with the added comfort of playing at home in the second leg.
The two legs of the quarter-finals will be played between April 5-13, with the semi-finals on April 26-27 and May 3-4. The final is in Milan on May 28.
Meanwhile, Juergen Klopp will face his former club in the Europa League quarter-finals after the German coach’s Liverpool side were pitted against Borussia Dortmund.
The Germans reached the last eight by defeating another English club, Tottenham Hotspur, in the last 16.
Holders Sevilla will meet La Liga rivals Athletic Bilbao while Villarreal take on Sparta Prague and Braga will tackle Shakhtar Donetsk.