By Alan Duffy
The three English sides still left in Europe, albeit in the Europa League, missed out on meeting each other in the quarter-finals, as sports editors put away their ‘Battle of Britain’ headlines for at least another round.
Spurs arguably get the pick of the bunch, facing FC Basel while Chelsea will be confident of getting past Rubin Kazan. Newcastle, on the other hand, have a tricky tie with Portuguese giants Benfica to contend with.
Here’s the full draw:
Chelsea v Rubin Kazan
Tottenham Hotspur v FC Basel
Fenerbahce v Lazio
Benfica v Newcastle United
The games will take place on April 4th and April 11th.
As for the Champions League, the draw has thrown up a couple of whoppers, with new-moneyed PSG facing Barcelona (what are the odds on Zlatan netting against his old side?) while Bayern Munich face Juventus in a clash of two of the traditional giants of the game.
Jurgen Klopp’s Dortmund will fancy their chances against Malaga while Jose Mourinho’s Madrid will also be expected to overcome Galatasaray, although Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder will no doubt have a different opinion.
Malaga v Borussia Dortmund
Real Madrid v Galatasaray
Paris St-Germain v Barcelona
Bayern Munich v Juventus
The games will take place on 2-3 April and 9-10 April.