Chelsea were drawn against 13-time winners Real Madrid in the quarterfinals of the Champions League on Friday, while Manchester City will take on Atletico Madrid.
Liverpool were drawn to play Benfica as all three remaining English clubs were kept apart and Bayern Munich were paired with Spanish side Villarreal.
Chelsea are hoping to defend their title in Europe despite turmoil at the Stamford Bridge club, which were put up for sale after the British government placed Russian owner Roman Abramovich under sanctions in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Thomas Tuchel’s team are due to play Real at home in the first leg on April 5 or 6, before the return at the Santiago Bernabeu a week later.
It was reported this week that Chelsea may have to play their next Champions League home ties behind closed doors due to EU sanctions on Abramovich that prevent them from selling tickets.
Chelsea beat Madrid — now coached by ex-Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti — in the semi-finals last season on the way to defeating Pep Guardiola’s City in the final in Porto and lifting the Champions League trophy for the second time under Abramovich’s ownership.
With the draw for the semifinals taking place at the same time, Chelsea and City know they will meet each other in the last four should they both progress through their quarterfinal ties against Spanish opponents, but a Madrid derby at that stage is also a possibility.
Having eliminated Manchester United in the last 16, Atletico will return to northwest England for the first leg of their tie against City, which sees Guardiola pit his wits against Diego Simeone. (AFP)
Chelsea (ENG) v Real Madrid (ESP)
Manchester City (ENG) v Atletico Madrid (ESP)
Villarreal (ESP) v Bayern Munich (GER)
Benfica (POR) v Liverpool (ENG)
Manchester City or Atletico Madrid v Chelsea or Real Madrid
Benfica or Liverpool v Villarreal or Bayern Munich
- Quarterfinal first legs to be played April 5 and 6, second legs on April 12 and 13
- Semifinal first legs to be played April 26 and 27, second legs on May 3 and 4
- Final to be played at Stade de France in Paris on Saturday, May 28