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What Would Be Your Dream Champions League Quarter-Final Draw?

It feels like Christmas Eve tonight. Tomorrow morning, we’ll wake up and there’ll be several presents waiting for us. We have an idea what they’ll be, but we won’t know for sure until we rip off the wrapping.

I am, of course, talking about tomorrow morning’s draw for the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League. Whether you support one of the eight teams or not, you’ll want to know who will be paired up with who. This year, especially, the teams in the final eight are especially mouthwatering, namely Barcelona, Real Madrid, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Inter Milan, Shakhtar Donetsk, Schalke and Manchester United.

Out of those teams mentioned above, which ones would you like to see matched against each other? And who would you like your team to avoid?

As a neutral fan who doesn’t support a Premier League team, I’d love to see all three English takes qualify for the semi-final. So, a Barcelona against Real Madrid match would be a brilliant way to ensure that one of the Spanish teams falls on the sword, as well as ensuring it would be a brilliant two-legged contest. I’d love to see Tottenham Hotspur continue its herculean run in the tournament by qualifying for the semi-finals, but I’d hate to see them matched up against Inter Milan again. Been there, done that. So, if Spurs could get Schalke, that would be ideal. That would leave Chelsea facing a tricky two games against Shakhtar Donetsk, while Manchester United would face Inter Milan.

Of course, I could be totally wrong. And that’s what is wonderful about this stage of the tournament. Depending on what balls are pulled out of the hat tomorrow morning, everything could change. Whatever happens, we’ll love every minute of it.

Not only that, but tomorrow we’ll find out what the path will be to the final. We’ll know which teams will have a chance of playing in which semi-final. So, by the process of elimination, we’ll be able to guess who will face who in the semi-final, as well as marveling at the prospect of who will play in the final.

The draw for the round of 8 in the UEFA Champions League will begin tomorrow at 7am ET. Be sure to join EPL Talk for a special update where we’ll be posting all of the news as soon as the balls are pulled out of the hat. These draw events are always filled with a lot of pomposity, so by the time they’ll get to the actual draw, you’ll be very anxious. As will I. See you on the homepage tomorrow morning! And don’t forget to post who you want to see picked to play who. Just post it in the comments section below.

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  1. shimels

    March 18, 2011 at 7:23 am

    Man Utd vs Real Madrid
    Barcelona vs Schalke
    Chelsea vs Inter Milan
    Shakhtar vs Tottenham

    • dagogo

      March 24, 2011 at 11:01 am

      Barcelona vs real madrid
      chelsea vs man utd
      tottenham vs inter
      shakhtar vs schalke

  2. Vendetta

    March 18, 2011 at 7:02 am

    I want this one:

    Man Utd vs Real Madrid

    Schalke vs Chelsea

    Shakhtar vs Tottenham

    Barcelona vs Inter Milan

  3. sname192

    March 18, 2011 at 3:39 am

    Barca vs Man.utd
    Inter vs Totenham
    Real vs Shalke
    Sahtar vs Chealsea

  4. Amit

    March 18, 2011 at 3:27 am

    all epl team do not look good even barca also . mardid some how improve this time inter was just lucky to be in quarter shaktar is really good team i hope man u play agints shaktar .schalke after magath do not know i deal match will be shaktar vs schalke final n shaktar wins eastern Europe deserve more this time .

    • araya

      March 18, 2011 at 7:10 am

      sure i share ur comment
      man utd remains brand @ Europe
      I want to c Man vs Madrid or Barca

  5. Ayrton

    March 18, 2011 at 3:12 am

    Manchester United vs Barcalona
    Chesea vs Real Madrid
    Spurs vs Inter
    Schalke vs Shakter

  6. yusuf

    March 18, 2011 at 3:12 am

    man united vs Barcelona
    real Madrid vs spurs
    inter Milan vs Chelsea
    Schalke v shakthar donetsk


  7. jebrel

    March 18, 2011 at 3:04 am

    Man united vs Barcelona
    Real Madrid vs Chelsea
    Inter Milan vs Spurs
    Schalke v shakthar donetsk

    the final game will be between Barcelona vs Inter Milan then . then bar ca will be the champion of uefa 2011.

  8. shijin

    March 18, 2011 at 2:55 am

    Man Utd vs Schalke ” i need utd on semi-”
    Chelsea vs Barca ” tats a sweet revenge”
    Madrid vs Shakhtar ” i need madrid on semi-”
    Spurs vs Inter ” in italy spurs play brillient football”

    all this there should be a ” madrid vs barca” final

  9. justin h

    March 18, 2011 at 2:46 am

    barcelona v manchester united
    real madrid v inter milan
    chelsea v tottenham hotspur
    schalke v shakthar donetsk

    those would be the best matchups

  10. shawn sagar

    March 18, 2011 at 1:26 am

    i wont predict who will play in the quater finals
    all i can say is that 1 english team will be in the final since the final is in wembly
    (man utd, chelsea, tottenam)
    i’d say chelsea because they are the srongest of the three

  11. Pwnage

    March 18, 2011 at 1:21 am

    go man u and chelsea will lose and real madridd

  12. Ricky B

    March 18, 2011 at 1:13 am

    We all know these draws aren’t random. Barca and Man U will draw the desirable Schalke and Shaktar. Inter and Madrid are destined for each other as well as a London darby Chelsea v Tottenham. all three English sides will be on one half of the draw to guarantee one but only one english side in the London final. Draw will look like this…Top Half: Tottenham v Chelsea plays winner of Man U v Schalke…Bottom half: Barca v Shaktar plays winner of Madrid v Inter. Semis: Man U v Chelsea and Barca v Madrid. Barca ove Chelsea in the final.

  13. Sergioramiz

    March 18, 2011 at 1:07 am

    Man Utd vs Shakhtar
    Chelsea vs Schalke
    Madrid vs Inter
    Barca vs Spurs
    Man Utd vs Chelsea
    Madrid vs Barca
    Man Utd vs Madrid

  14. Danny C

    March 18, 2011 at 12:31 am

    Barcelona vs Man U- The top team in Spain against the top team in England

    Tottenham vs Shalke- Two underrated teams going at each other

    Inter vs Shakhtar- The reigning champions versus the heavy underdogs, David and Goliath

    Real vs Chelsea- Two superpowers of Europe in great form in the Champions league

  15. Sufail.l

    March 18, 2011 at 12:22 am

    Real madrid vs shalk 04(raul returned bernabu) chelsea vs shakthar donesk man united vs inter milan tottenham vs barcelona

  16. ambarish

    March 17, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    the draw would be
    man u – real
    chelsea – inter
    barca – tottenham
    shaktar – schalke

  17. Thomas Zajac

    March 17, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    Spurs vs. Barcelona – Could be a more interesting match than people give it credit for. Plus if they lose I don’t care. I’m a huge Spurs fan but they’ve already had a great run and have proven that they are a force to reckon with. At this point Spurs need to concentrate on the EPL and qualify for next year’s CL, especially considering how the last few games went.

    Real vs. Man U – Ronaldo back at Old Trafford. Simple as that.


    Real vs. Schalke – Raul coming back to Madrid is why this interests me. Though Real would dominate so it might not be as interesting to watch.

    Inter vs. Shaktar or Chelsea vs. Shaktar. Both matchups would be pretty lively I think. Maybe Inter vs. Chelsea.

    • nik

      March 18, 2011 at 3:16 am

      schalke vs Man u ,

      barca vs chelsea

      shaktar vs spurs

      inter vs real
      schalke vs shaktar , even spurs ideal match for all neutral sick of watching same team wining all hype nothing else

  18. Malcolm

    March 17, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    1. Man United vs Chelsea
    2. Barca vs Shalke
    3. Inter vs Shakhtar
    4. Real vs Spurs

    I just think Chelsea, as in the past, will draw an English team. I’m picking Chelsea against Man United but woudn’t be surprised if it’s Spurs.

    I also think Shaktar will be in the semis as I can see them beating Inter.

    The semis will pit winner 1 vs winner 3 and winner 2 vs winner 4.

    • The Gaffer

      March 18, 2011 at 7:39 am

      Congratulations Malcolm. Your predictions were the closest to being correct!

      The Gaffer

  19. Terry

    March 17, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    Shaktar vs Inter
    Spurs vs Chelsea
    Winners to meet in the semis.

    Man United vs Real Madrid
    Barcelona vs Shalke
    Winners to meet in the semis.

    That’s what me octopus tells me 🙂 .

  20. Joe

    March 17, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    How can anyone be hoping for anything other than Barcelona vs. Real Madrid? If they’re drawn against each other, that would make four matches in 15 days between arguably the two best teams in the world.

    • [OPTI]Madschester United

      March 17, 2011 at 11:10 pm

      I don’t find Barca THAT entertaining…
      Tottenham vs. Madrid would likely be the most entertaining final (with great direct football).

      United/Chelsea/Inter vs. Barca would probably put all non-Utd/Chelsea/Inter fans and non-Barca fans to sleep within 20 minutes.

      • Joe

        March 18, 2011 at 12:06 am

        I’ll never understand why “direct football” is more entertaining that intricate passing and communication that takes years of playing together at the highest level to develop. I sure hope Stoke makes it to Europe next year, for all you direct football fans.

        • [OPTI]Madschester United

          March 18, 2011 at 2:19 am

          Enjoy your “indirect” football!

          • Joe

            March 18, 2011 at 5:50 am

            I do! I will! And if society ever devolves and I have to enter some sort of medieval-style army, I’ll choose an epee over a giant mallet.

  21. bradjmoore48

    March 17, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    Dream Scenario:

    Real Madrid v Schalke 04 – Raul & Huntelaar return to the Bernebeu
    Barcelona v Shaktar – Barca has trouble playing in Eastern Europe, but as always, destroy all who enter the Camp Nou
    Tottenham v Inter – Gareth Bale runs the Inter backline ragged twice again
    Manchester United v Chelsea – well, someone has to go, right?


    Real Madrid v Barca – 4 clasicos in a month, and these are the ones that will REALLY matter
    Man United v Tottenham – Spurs continue to settle down tactically while Bale, Lennon and van Der Vaart burn past a depleted Man U backline.

    Final : Barcelona v Tottenham – oh yes, Spurs are my dark horse. An absolute hell of a game, final score – Barca 3, Spurs 2. Messi scores a hat-trick, his first 3 goals on English soil.

    • [OPTI]Madschester United

      March 17, 2011 at 10:29 pm

      Any team that scores two goals against barca will beat them… you just had Tottenham win the Champions Leauge!!! WOW!

      🙂 😀 🙂

      • bradjmoore48

        March 17, 2011 at 10:44 pm

        HAHAHA fair point.

        Wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world, honestly. I’d much rather Spurs take it than pretty much anyone else left (other than Barca), esp. Chelsea and Inter.

        Would make the North London rivalry interesting, Spurs will hold that over Arsenal for YEARS.

  22. The Gaffer

    March 17, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf (i.e. Barcelona)?

    The Gaffer

    • [OPTI]Madschester United

      March 17, 2011 at 11:08 pm

      Not afraid… in fact, I think Chelsea are most likely to be able to beat barca over two legs. Around 60% to win in my book, with other teams ranging between 20% (Shaktar, Schalke) to 50% (Madrid)

  23. Arbry

    March 17, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    Man Utd vs Tottenham Hotspur

    Barcelona vs Chelsea

    Schalke vs Inter Milan

    Shakhtar vs Real Madrid

    Enjoy the quarterfinals :):) and i think the final will be Man Utd vs Inter Milan

  24. Tuttle

    March 17, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    Schalke v. Inter
    ManU v. Real
    Chelsea v. Barca
    Spurs v. Shakhtar

  25. Nick

    March 17, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    United vs Real – Ronaldo return to Old Trafford.
    Chelsea vs Inter – sweet revenge.
    Spurs vs Barcelona – a rare defeat for Barca at Nou Camp? Even if Spurs crash out it maybe a thrilling match up.
    Shakhtar vs Shalke – I wan’t Shakhtar in the semis.

    ^ Pretty Much That

  26. [OPTI]Madschester United

    March 17, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    The more exciting the matchup in the Quarters the less exciting the matchups later on. For me, watching rare matchups is often more interesting than the usual or recently played games. For example, watching Milan vs. Madrid this year was not as exciting as last year, same goes for Bayern vs. Inter. Even the all-english final of Chelsea vs. United in 2008 was too regular to give it that added spice. Furthermore, since the remaining games are all drawn (Quarters, Semi’s and Final) tomorrow, here is my top draw:
    Inter Milan vs. Manchester United (Schneijder vs. Scholes, Chicharito vs. slow defense)
    Real Madrid vs. Chelsea (Mourinho returns)
    Shaktar vs. Barca (banana peel?)
    Schalke vs. Tottenham (give Tottenham chance to go to semis)
    Manchester United vs. Real Madrid (Ronaldo returns to OT)
    Barca vs. Tottenham (outstanding prospect of attacking football)
    Manchester United vs. Barca (best chance to beat Barca is away from Nou Camp)
    Manchester United win the TREBLE… ok ok ok … now how do I pinch myself and wake up from that dream… 😀 🙂

  27. will alfaro

    March 17, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    who ever posted this is brilliant, and knows what he is talking about. …

    United vs Real – Ronaldo return to Old Trafford.
    Chelsea vs Inter – sweet revenge.
    Spurs vs Barcelona – a rare defeat for Barca at Nou Camp? Even if Spurs crash out it maybe a thrilling match up.
    Shakhtar vs Shalke – I wan’t Shakhtar in the semis.

    And don’t want to see four Real vs Barca classicos in one month.

    those games listed up there could perhaps be the best games to name out

  28. geki

    March 17, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    I would really like to see Spurs take on Barca

  29. jinhuangdi

    March 17, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    Barcelona vs Real Madrid. See if Mourinho can do his magic against Pep. Check ou my new blog at

  30. Temi Getfema

    March 17, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    Man Utd vs Shakle Chelsea vs Real Shaktar vs Spurs Inter vs Barca

  31. kau mat jambu

    March 17, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    real madrid vs schalke
    chelsea vs inter milan
    barcelona vs manchester united
    shakhtar vs tottenham

  32. TheVodkaYeti

    March 17, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    In our half of the draw, Inter, Schalke and Shakhtar, don’t care who we get tomorrow.

    The others in any combo in their half. 🙂

  33. BA14

    March 17, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Real Madrid v Manchester United
    Chelsea v inter Milan
    Tottenham v Barcelona
    Shaktar Donesk v FC Schalke

  34. Andrei

    March 17, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    United vs Real – Ronaldo return to Old Trafford.
    Chelsea vs Inter – sweet revenge.
    Spurs vs Barcelona – a rare defeat for Barca at Nou Camp? Even if Spurs crash out it maybe a thrilling match up.
    Shakhtar vs Shalke – I wan’t Shakhtar in the semis.

    And don’t want to see four Real vs Barca classicos in one month.

    • will alfaro

      March 17, 2011 at 9:49 pm

      who ever posted this is brilliant, and knows what he is talking about. …

      those games listed up there could perhaps be the best games to name out

    • [OPTI]Madschester United

      March 17, 2011 at 9:52 pm

      Don’t forget they are drawing for the remaining rounds too… you should pick winner from those 4 match-ups and fill in the tree 🙂

  35. C Dub

    March 17, 2011 at 8:38 pm

    Barcelona vs. Manchester U
    Tottenham vs. Shakhtar
    Real Madrid vs. Chelsea
    Schalke vs. Inter

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