Zurich: Real Madrid were given a chance to avenge last season’s Champions League semi-final defeat by Borussia Dortmund when the teams were drawn against each other on Friday in the quarter finals of this year’s tournament.
Dortmund, who won the first leg 4-1 on the way to a 4-3 aggregate victory, will visit the Bernabeu for the first leg on April 1/2 with the return a week later.
Titleholders Bayern Munich were paired with Manchester United, a meeting that will inevitably spark memories of their 1999 final when United scored two goals at the death to win 2-1. However, given the form of the two sides this season, things will not be easy for United.
Paris St Germain face Chelsea and the remaining tie is an all-Spanish affair between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, the teams’ first-ever meeting in European competition.
Poland forward Robert Lewandowski, who scored all four goals in Dortmund’s 4-1 win over Real last season, will be suspended for the first match against the nine-time champions.
“That’s a big big blow. He is a great player. It was a ridiculous decision,” said Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke after Lewandowski was booked in the second leg against Zenit St Petersburg for handball.
“We would have liked to get someone else. Real is the world’s biggest football club. But there is no easy draw here at this stage.”