SIZ­ZLING MATCH-UPS

Ancelotti look­ing for­ward to Real re­union, Barca, Ju­ven­tus in re­peat of 2015 fi­nal

New Straits Times - - Sport -

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

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 31.

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.

Bay­ern will host the first leg against Real as the two sides re­new one of Euro­pean foot­ball’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.

Dort­mund chair­man Han­sJoachim 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.” Reuters

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