Real Madrid return fires up Bayern Munich's Xabi Alonso, Carlo Ancelotti

Rufina Vignone
Marzo 18, 2017

Barcelona, who performed heroics to get past PSG in the last 16, face Juventus in a repeat of the 2015 final, which Barca won 3-1 in Berlin.

Champions Real Madrid face Bayern Munich in the standout tie of the round, with Zinedine Zidane's side aiming to become the first team to successfully defend the title.

The last clash will put Borussia Dortmund, who won the cup in 1997, against Monaco, the current Ligue 1 leader which deservingly eliminated Manchester City in the last round and now seeks to reach its second Champions League final. But Leicester and Atletico have played before.

The final is scheduled for June 3 in Cardiff, Wales.

Zidane was Ancelotti's assistant when Madrid won their 10th European Cup in 2014 before going onto match the Italian's achievement by winning the Champions League in his debut season as coach past year. Besides Madrid, he also coached AC Milan to two Champions League titles.

Morgan, Vardy, Mahrez and co will travel to the Spanish capital for the first leg on Wednesday April 12, before bringing the Spanish giants back to the King Power Stadium the following Tuesday.

Alonso was also at the Bernabeu club when they won the Champions League three years ago.

"They are one of the most famous teams in the world and we only have to focus on the present knowing that we are a very strong team and that we can compete".

"We have shown we can compete in this competition in these last years, and we are confident we can avoid [such] mistakes and ensure our passage". For sure it will be a very hard tie. "But we'll play our own game, try and win it our way", said the Portuguese.

"Atletico Madrid are a very good team with some fantastic individuals with experience in the competition, but we'll be ready to give everything to progress", said Shakespeare, whose side are fighting for their lives at the wrong end of the Premier League.

The other two encounters are Celta Vigo vs Genk, Ajax vs Schalke. The two legs of Europa League quarter-finals will be held on April 13 and 20.

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