Champions League quarter-final & semi-final draw: Chelsea given nightmare road to final as Liverpool get off lightly

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The draw for the 2021/22 Champions League quarter-finals took place on Friday morning.

For the first time this campaign there were no seedings or country protection, meaning there was a chance two of the three English sides left in the competition – Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool – could have been drawn against one another.

To make it to the final, Manchester City beat Sporting 5-0 over two legs, Chelsea smashed Lille 4-1 on aggregate and Liverpool edged past AC Milan.

The remaining five teams left in the draw were Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Benfica and Villarreal.

This left a good mix of tough and fairly easy tests for the English sides to draw. They were no doubt keen to avoid Bayern Munich, who decimated RB Salzburg earlier this month – picking up a 7-1 win in their second leg.

Real Madrid are also Champions League specialists and have already knocked one giant out of the competition when they came from 2-0 down to beat PSG 3-2.

Chelsea would be the first team drawn, facing off with Real Madrid in the quarter-finals - a repeat of the semi-finals from last year.

Manchester City were then drawn against Real's city neighbours, Atletico Madrid, who knocked Manchester United out of the last round.

The final English side, Liverpool, were handed by far and away the easiest quarter-final test, facing off with Benfica. The remaining quarter-final tie sees Bayern Munich and Villarreal going head-to-head.

As well as the draws for the last-eight being made, it was also revealed who the quarter-final winners would be facing in the semis.

The winners of Manchester City vs Atletico Madrid will face the winners of Chelsea or Real Madrid.

That meant that the winners of Bayern Munich vs Villarreal will face Liverpool or Benfica in the semis.

When will the Champions League quarter-final, semi-finals and final take place?

The first leg of each quarter-final matchup will be played on the 5th or 6th of April, with the second legs taking place a week later on April 12th or 13th.

The semi-final first legs then take place on April 26th and 27th, with the reverse fixtures on May 3rd and 4th.

The two finalists will then meet at the Stade de France on Saturday the 28th of May for the final.

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