Liverpool draw Real Madrid in Champions League quarters
Liverpool have been drawn against Real Madrid in the Champions League quarter-finals, a repeat of the 2018 final, with Chelsea facing Porto and Manchester City taking on Borussia Dortmund.
Holders Bayern Munich will face last year’s losing finalists Paris Saint-Germain in the last eight.
Of the three English sides remaining, Liverpool arguably have the toughest draw against Spanish champions Real, who beat Jurgen Klopp’s side 3-1 three years ago in Kiev.
Liverpool overcame RB Leipzig 4-0 on aggregate to reach the quarters this time around, and speaking before the draw Klopp said he is hoping to regain momentum in the Premier League to help their Champions League bid.
“The only reasons you play in this competition is because you want to win it,” Klopp said after beating Leipzig last week. “We aren’t silly and so far, this season it is not one which looks like we will win the Champions League in the end.
“We had momentum in that [the Champions League] but not in the Premier League yet and we will have games to get that back – and that would help the Champions League definitely.”
After beating Atletico Madrid 3-0 on aggregate in the last 16, Chelsea take on Portuguese champions Porto, who stunned Juventus in the previous round to progress.
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel believes his new-look Chelsea boast the “edge and glue” to become genuine Champions League title contenders.