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Champions League Quarter-Final Draw: Live

The draw for the quarter-finals of the 2010-11 Champions League will take place Friday at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. Match Of The Day presenter Gary Lineker will be conducting the draw and will be helping pick the names out of the hat. They will include Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester United, Schalke, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Shakhtar Donetsk and Tottenham Hotspur.

In addition to finding out who will play whom in the quarter-finals, UEFA will also tell us the path to the final. So, we’ll be able to see which teams drawn together in the Round of 8 will play each other in the semi-final.

7:11am: Gary Lineker is on stage and they’re going through the rules of how the draw will work. Eight balls will be placed in the ball. The first team pulled will play at home. The first ball picked will be coming up very soon.

7:12am: The first team drawn is Real Madrid. They’ll be playing Tottenham Hotspur. The first game will be played at the Bernabeau!

7:14am: Chelsea will play home in their first game against Manchester United!

7:15am: Barcelona will play Shakhtar Donetsk.

7:16am: Inter Milan will play Schalke.

7:16am: And there you have it. Surprisingly, UEFA are going through this quickly this morning. No delays. They’re now going on to the semi-final draw. The winner of Chelsea or Manchester United will play Schalke or Inter Milan. The winner of Real Madrid or Tottenham Hotspur will play Barcelona or Shakhtar Donetsk!

7:17am: The final, of course, will be played at Wembley. The winner of Real/Madrid versus Barcelona/Shakhtar Donetsk will be the “home” team at Wembley.

The draw for the quarter-finals, to repeat, is:

  • Real Madrid vs Tottenham Hotspur
  • Chelsea vs Manchester United
  • Barcelona vs Shakhtar Donetsk, and
  • Inter Milan vs Schalke

The games will be played April 5-6 and April 12-13.

What does the draw mean?

No games will be easier, of course. But Chelsea against Manchester United guarantees that there’ll be at least one English team in the semi-final. Tottenham Hotspur will savor playing against Real Madrid, and will give Jose Mourinho’s side a run for its money. Barcelona and Inter Milan should progress, although I wouldn’t count Shakhtar Donetsk out from scoring an upset.

In the semi-final, we will see an easier route for the Premier League winner of Chelsea against Manchester United, where they’ll play Inter Milan or Schalke and will avoid Barcelona or Real Madrid. But we could see Barcelona against Real Madrid in the semi-final if both of the Spanish teams win in the quarter-final.

What’s your reaction to the draw? Post your comments below! Which for you are the dream-come-true matches?

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  1. linus boakye

    April 4, 2011 at 11:30 am

    chelsea vrs barcelona final and we will teah them a leasson

  2. 1fingerwillie

    March 18, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    As a City fan this is a great draw. Our nightmare situation is to finally make 4th (certainly not a given this year) and STILL miss the CL because Spurs or Chelsea win the whole thing. Spurs road ahead looks particularly difficult.

  3. Steven

    March 18, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Manchester United always do better against EPL teams in the Champions League. That’s why they will like this draw and especially since the 2nd leg is at home. United know how to beat the EPL teams so will be very comfortable in this tie. Chelsea will be looking to avenge their CL final loss to United a few years ago but I don’t see them beating United over the 2 legs.

    Spurs will like their draw against Real Madrid. Real definitely have the more skillful team with the likes of Ozil, Ronaldo and Di Maria but they are also not as organized in the back and can give up goals. Spurs also have their own problems at the back and if Gallas and Kaboul are back from injuries they have a great chance to advance. If Spurs can get a draw or keep any loss in the 1st leg to a one goal deficit that will increase their chances in the 2nd leg and also give them the confidence needed to win at home. A healthy Spurs can win this tie.


    March 18, 2011 at 9:44 am


  5. Malcolm

    March 18, 2011 at 9:25 am

    The Real Madrid vs Spurs games will be very exciting and with Spurs playing at home in the 2nd leg they will fancy their chances. Van der Vaart will be looking to show real how good he is and why Real should have played him more while he was there. This tie is very difficult to predict.

    Chelsea vs Man United favors Man United with the 2nd leg being at Old Trafford and Fergie always gets him teams to play better against the top EPL teams. Fergie will also use the occassion to remind people of what happened the last time the teams played and the refereeing of Atkinson. Advantage United.

    Barcelona vs Shaktar will be a tricky tie for Barcelona. Shaktar are a very dangerous team and if Barcelona don’t get their defenders sorted out could be in trouble. If Puyol comes back to replace Abidal in the center back position then I think Barcelona will go through.

    Inter vs Shalke is definitely a tie Inter will like. Shalke has just fired their manager and there is some turmoil at the club. There are rumours that Benitez might take over at Shalke which if it happens before the CL fixture will make this tie interesting. Inter should still go through.

    • [OPTI]Madschester United

      March 18, 2011 at 9:36 am

      Also, it should be mentioned that David Luiz cannot play against United as he represented Benfica earlier in the competition… that is definitely good news for United…. as it forces Ivanovich inside (unless Alex is back to full fitness) and Bosingwa on the right back against Nani…


    • Tuttle

      March 18, 2011 at 10:09 am

      Ralf Ragnick just took over at Schalke (and Magath’s already back with Wolfsburg). If Ralf can settle in in time I think Inter is a match Schalke may well prefer to most of the others.

  6. Brian

    March 18, 2011 at 9:22 am

    Hmmm…a bit of vengeance for Italian football with Inter having the opportunity to eliminate a second Germanteam from the competition after transferring one of their CL spots to Germany.
    Really looking forward to the Barca-Shakhtar fixture in Donetsk having just read Jonathan Wilson’s Behind the Curtain. Should be an interesting contrast of styles.

  7. MennoDaddy

    March 18, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Well, if there’s such a thing as an easy draw in this year’s Champions League, then Manchester United surely got it.

    So, Spurs’ path to the finals only involves going through Real Madrid AND Barcelona.

    No problem! *headdesk*

    • Marc

      March 18, 2011 at 10:05 am

      Welcome to the knock out stage of the Champions League.

  8. Ahmad

    March 18, 2011 at 8:13 am

    It suppose to be chelsea vs inter,manchester vs Real madri,Barcelona vs tottenham,

  9. Jake

    March 18, 2011 at 7:50 am

    Quarter Final:

    Tottenham Hotspur vs Inter Millan
    Manchester United vs Barcelona


    Barcelona vs Tottenham Hotspur



  10. Chris H

    March 18, 2011 at 7:40 am

    I fancy beating Chelsea over 2 legs!
    Just so long as the ref is not Atkinson! ha ha!

    • Sacto Blues

      March 18, 2011 at 6:50 pm

      Or Howard webb or Clattenberg ????

  11. Joe

    March 18, 2011 at 7:33 am

    COYS!!!! Spurs draw my second least favorite team in all of Europe (after Arsenal, of course). I can’t wait to put smug Mourinho, prettyboy Ronaldo, gutterscum Ramos, and ratfaced Di Maria in their place. Or lose and have to settle for four clasicos (probably).

  12. pubert j

    March 18, 2011 at 7:33 am

    so i guess Barca gets a Bye this round…

    • The Gaffer

      March 18, 2011 at 7:53 am

      I disagree. If any team can cause an upset, it could be Shakhtar Donetsk. They’re not afraid to go on blistering attacks and will definitely cause Barca some headaches.

      The Gaffer

      • Joe

        March 18, 2011 at 8:59 am

        I agree Gaffer. Shakhtar are actually well suited to a style that can compete with Barcelona. They have a stingy defense and great speed with those Brazilians up front. Counterattacking football could work out very well for them.

    • Sammy

      March 19, 2011 at 1:10 pm

      Gaffer can you tell me why UEFA plays two games at the same time. This seems idiotic to me.

      • The Gaffer

        March 19, 2011 at 8:52 pm

        Sammy, part of the reason is to avoid any concern about match fixing. Plus, if a team plays a game at a different time, it could give them an unfair advantage if they know what the scoreline was from the earlier game. Playing games at the same time makes it more fair.

        The Gaffer

  13. trickybrkn

    March 18, 2011 at 7:31 am

    and somehow the Mario ‘Bib-otelli’ you tube clip was way more entertaining then this draw… but then again that clip is just TOO funny.

  14. So Chun One

    March 18, 2011 at 7:13 am

    Man United vs Shakhtar Donestk
    Tottenham vs Schalke
    Chelsea vs Inter Milan
    Barcelona vs Real Madrid

  15. Chun 1

    March 18, 2011 at 6:48 am

    Dis year champions league is very tough,i will like madrid to play against man, chelsea against totenham,barca against inter(a fight to finish)shaktar against schalke

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