Coaches, Directors React As Madrid Draw Bayern In Champions League Last 8

By Oladipupo Mojeed

The quarter-final draw for the 2017 Uefa Champions League has set up explosive games in prospect as holders Real Madrid tackle Bayern Munich, while Barcelona take on the Old Lady, Juventus.

En route to the last eight, the German champions outclassed Arsenal 10-2 on aggregate, while the 11-time champions progressed 6-2 on aggregate at the expense of Napoli.

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Real Madrid’s director of institutional relations Emilio Butragueno has expressed disappointment over drawing Bayern, hoping to face them later in the competition.

“Bayern are one of the worst opponents we could get, no doubt,” Butragueno told beIN Sports. “But [it is disappointing] also for them. We know each other very well, the two teams.

“We must go into the games knowing how difficult it will be, they have top class players in every position, with so much experience. It is a great club, we have a very good relationship with them. We would have liked to meet them later in the competition, but the draw is this, and we must take it on.”

The second leg at home at the Bernabeu was a slight advantage, Butragueno said, assuming Madrid got a good result in Germany.

“If we get a good result here there then yes,” he said.

“The second game at home gives you a very slight advantage. But we must play a good game there.

“We know that 20 good minutes from Bayern can be deadly for us. Today is not the best draw we could have got. But we are a team with top players and lots of experience. It is a very nice tie to be able to play, and everybody will be watching these games.”

The last meeting between both sides ended in Madrid’s favour, a 4-0 win at the Alianz Arena, with Ronaldo breaking a new record of goals scored in the competition in a single season with 15 goals.

Alves to face old team-mates

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Barcelona, who performed heroics to get past PSG in the last 16, face Juventus in a repeat of the 2015 final, which Barca won 3-1 in Berlin.

Righ-back, Diego Alves, who left Barca for the Turin giants, will return to face his old team-mates.

Meanwhile , Barcelona vice president, Jordi Mestre, hopes to avoid the mistakes made against Paris Saint-Germain in the round-of-16 in order to ensure a smoother passage against the Old Lady.

“The draw is the draw, there are no easy teams in the quarterfinals but we always get tough ties,

“There’s a good dynamic at the moment and morale is sky high but that doesn’t mean we’re going to go through.

“I respect Juve a lot. The advantage of playing the second leg at home is conditioned a lot by what happens in the first game — we hope it’s not the same as Paris. We have to score in Turin.”


Battle of young teams

The 2013 finalists Borussia Dortmund was able to avoid fellow German team, but will face Monaco; highest scoring side of the competition who knocked out Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in the last 16.

Despite this, Borussia Dortmund chief executive, Hans-Joachim Watzke, said they will not take Monaco lightly.

“We wanted to avoid Bayern, and thus the draw is good,” Watzke told Sky Deutschland.

“But we’ve seen the games against Manchester City, and their goal difference is at plus 58. Still, we can’t complain. Overall, it’s a nice draw.

“Certainly, their stadium is not a lion’s den, but they’ve turned the tie against City around.

“At this level, it does not matter whether you play the first leg at home or away. Sure, you prefer playing the second leg at home, but we take things as they come.”


Revenge Mission

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Debutant Leicester City travel first to Spain to face Atletico Madrid at the Sanchez Calderon Stadium for the first leg of the encounter before coming back to King Power stadium for the reverse fixture.

With Claudio Ranieri getting the booth for lack of result despite leading them to an historic Premier League triumph last season, the English side have picked up wins with Craig Shakespare at the helm of affairs, overpowering  Spanish side, Sevilla 3-2 on aggregate.

Atletico director Clemente Villaverde said that his team would not make the same mistakes as Sevilla did in the round-of-16 against Leicester, with Diego Simeone’s team having the experience to not let chances slip in such big games.


The first leg games will be played on 11 and 12 April, 2017, while the reverse fixtures come up on 18 and 19 April, 2017.

This year’s final is on June 3 in Cardiff, Wales.

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