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Real Madrid, Bayern in Champions League showdown

Titleholders Real Madrid must face their former coach in the Champions League quarter-finals after they were drawn against Carlo Ancelotti’s Bayern Munich on Friday.

Ancelotti led Real to the 10th of their 11 European Cups in 2014, inflicting Bayern’s heaviest European home defeat on the way with a 4-0 win at the Allianz Arena in the second leg of the semi-final.

Barcelona were pitted against Italian champions Juventus in a repeat of the 2015 final which the Spanish side won 3-1.

Rank outsiders Leicester City will take on Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid, runners-up in two of the last three seasons, with the first leg at the Vicente Calderon where no English side have won.

Borussia Dortmund face AS Monaco who upset Manchester City in the previous round.

In the Europa League, Manchester United were drawn against Belgian side Anderlecht.

Former Real player Arjen Robben is going back to Madrid. Picture: AP
Former Real player Arjen Robben is going back to Madrid. Picture: AP

Bayern will host the first leg against Real as the two sides renew one of European soccer’s oldest and most bitter rivalries.

“The match against Real Madrid will be special for me. It is going to be exciting to play against them,” Ancelotti said.

“We have a lot of confidence and want to win the Champions League this season. I think we have the ability to beat Real Madrid. But they have a fantastic team with a fantastic coach.”

Juventus will host the first leg against Barcelona and the second will see their full-back Dani Alves return to the Nou Camp where the Brazilian made 247 appearances in eight years.

The West’s Steve Butler talks to Jamie Harwell, a lifelong Manchester United fan set to play against some of his idols in a match in Perth this week.

Dortmund chairman Hans-Joachim Watzke was relieved not to draw Bundesliga rivals Bayern.

“We wanted to avoid Bayern, and I think they wanted to avoid us. From that perspective, it is a good draw,” he said.

“I saw Monaco’s match against Manchester City and I am aware that they have a goal difference of +58 in the league. It’s a difficult match. At this level, it doesn’t really matter if you play at home first.”

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUARTER-FINALS

Atletico Madrid v Leicester City

Borussia Dortmund v Monaco

Bayern Munich v Real Madrid

Juventus v Barcelona

First legs 11 and 12 April

Second legs 18 and 19 April

EUROPA LEAGUE QUARTER-FINALS

Anderlecht v Manchester United

Celta Vigo v Genk

Ajax v Schalke

Lyon v Besiktas

Played on 13 and 20 April

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