And then there were eight. Liverpool became the fourth Premier League side to make it into the hat for the quarter-finals after seeing off Bayern Munich on Wednesday evening. They join City, who routed Schalke, Tottenham, who proved too strong for Borussia Dortmund, and of course United, who famously stunned Paris Saint-Germain a week ago. They will all find out who they will play next with Lionel Messi’s Barcelona and Cristiano Ronaldo‘s Juventus still looming large.
We will have all the latest updates from Nyon so stick with us throughout the morning.
Well the key point is that there is no seeding or country protection in either the quarter-final or semi-final draws.
So that means a fairly good chance that two (or more) Premier League sides will face each other in the last eight.
The semi-final draw takes place immediately after the quarter-final one, meaning teams will immediately know their potential paths to the final.
Excited? Yep. So am I.
Who is in the draw?
HOW IT WORKS
Teams will be drawn at random and, unlike previous rounds, teams from the same nation can be pit against each other.
As well as the quarter-final matches, the make-up of the rest of the competition and possible semi-finals will also be determined.
MATCH DATES (AEST)
Quarter-finals Leg 1: April 10 and 11
Quarter-finals Leg 2: April 18 and 18
Semi-finals Leg 1: May 1 and 2
Semi-finals Leg 2: May 8 and 9
Final: June 2 at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid, Spain.
Juventus’ off-season move to sign Cristiano Ronaldo was intended to end a 23-year wait for a third European title.
It’s working so far.
Ronaldo delivered another career-defining performance, scoring a hat trick against Atletico Madrid to overturn a 2-0 first-leg loss. His legal issues in the United States, where he has been accused of rape, seemed a world away. Ronaldo is looking to join Seedorf as the only players to win the European Cup or Champions League with three different clubs. Veteran Juventus defenders Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci, along with coach Massimiliano Allegri, just want a first title after losing in the final in 2015 and ‘17.