March 12, 2024

When is Champions League quarter-final draw? Arsenal aim to join Man City in next round | Football | Sport

Manchester City will find out who they’re facing in the quarter-final of the Champions League later this week, with Premier League rivals Arsenal also gunning for a spot in the last-eight. The north Londoners will have to overturn a first-leg deficit against FC Porto if they wish to progress and keep alive hopes of a first-ever title in Europe’s elite competition.

While Arsenal are heavy favourites ahead of Tuesday night’s meeting, Porto showed in the first encounter just how resilient they can be, restricting Mikel Arteta’s side to no shots on target. It was out of character for Arsenal, who in the Premier League have netted a remarkable 34 goals in their last eight outings – an average of at least four per game during that time.

There were no such struggles for reigning European champions City, who cruised past Danish side FC Copenhagen in their last-16 match-up, winning the two-legged tie 6-2 on aggregate. Pep Guardiola’s men are hoping to become only the third English side to win back-to-back European Cups, and just the second club to do so since the competition was rebranded to the Champions League in 1992.

To achieve just that, City will of course have to progress past the quarter-final stage, but given some of the names expected to be in the hat, it doesn’t look like being an easy task. The teams already through to the last eight share a combined total of 21 European Cup wins between them, with more giants of the continent expected to progress this week.

Express Sport takes a look at the details you need to know ahead of the draw for the next round…

When is the Champions League quarter-final draw taking place?

The draw for the next round of the Champions League is due to take place on Friday, March 15th at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland. Proceedings are scheduled to get underway around 11am, with the draw being broadcast live on TNT Sports for UK viewers, along with the UEFA YouTube channel.

Also taking place on Friday will be the draw for the semi-final stage. The four quarter-final ties will be paired against each other, mapping out the remainder of the competition’s knockout phase.

Which teams have already qualified?

Four of the eight teams taking place in the quarter-final have already booked their spot in the draw. They are:

Manchester City

Real Madrid

Paris Saint-Germain

Bayern Munich

The star-studded line-up will be completed with an extra four of the following eight teams:

Arsenal or Porto

Barcelona or Napoli

Borussia Dortmund or PSV Eindhoven

Atletico Madrid or Inter Milan

Who can Man City and Arsenal face?

As it is an open draw, both City and Arsenal could face each other. There are no restrictions placed on teams being paired against one another, meaning sides from the same group and country can be drawn together for the quarter-final and semi-final stages.


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