News : Champions League: Bayern against Paris, BVB against ManCity – Sport
The German football clubs were assigned difficult tasks for the quarter-finals of the Champions League in Nyon on Friday: Defending champions FC Bayern will face Paris Saint-Germain in a new edition of last year’s final, Borussia Dortmund will face top favorites Manchester City.
The team of coach Hansi Flick will play in both games on 6/7. April and 13./14. April first in the Allianz Arena and then the second leg in Paris. BVB must compete against the English with coach Pep Guardiola and ex-Dortmund professional Ilkay Gündogan. First, an away game is scheduled.
The other quarter-final duels are FC Porto against FC Chelsea (with coach Thomas Tuchel) and Real Madrid against FC Liverpool (with coach Jürgen Klopp). In the semifinals, Bayern and Dortmund would meet if the two German representatives prevail. The second finalists are played by Real Madrid, Liverpool, Porto and Chelsea.
Salihamidzic says: “We want to go to the final!”
“The tickets are very attractive, we are challenged at the highest level and we are looking forward to the games,” said Bayern sports director Hasan Salihamidzic in an initial reaction: “Paris has a well-staffed team with top players like Kylian Mbappé, who has everything, or Neymar. We want to go to the final! The Champions League is open at this level. “
At BVB, the joy was rather limited. “To be honest, I didn’t want two teams. One of them was Manchester City. Because I think they’re the top favorites,” said licensed player boss Sebastian Kehl on Friday, commenting on the draw: “It’s going to be tough.”
For the first time, four German coaches are represented in the Champions League quarter-finals. In addition to Flick, also Dortmund’s Edin Terzic, Klopp and Tuchel. “It is of course nice to hear that four German coaches are in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. It would be even better if that were also the case in the semi-finals,” said Terzic. In theory, this is also possible after the draw.
The semifinals are for the 27./28. April and 4th / 5th Scheduled for May, the final is to take place on May 29 in Istanbul. The other two German representatives, RB Leipzig and Borussia Mönchengladbach, were eliminated in the round of 16 against Liverpool and Man City.
The pairings at a glance:
- Manchester City – Borussia Dortmund
- FC Porto – Chelsea FC
- FC Bayern Munich – Paris Saint-Germain
- Real Madrid – Liverpool FC