Leicester to meet Atletico Madrid in Champions League quarter final

Mar 18, 2017
Leicester (blue) will meet their toughest Champions League match yet against Atletico Madrid in the quarter-final.

Outsiders Leicester City will play Atletico Madrid in their first-ever European Club Champions League quarter-final, following a draw which threw European football heavyweights together.

Craig Shakespeare’s side avoided the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona but, having seen off the challenge of Sevilla in the last-16, they will return to Spain in the last-eight.

The Premier League champions, who are fighting to avoid relegation from the top-flight this season, will travel to Atletico’s Vincente Calderon for the tie’s first leg on Wednesday 12 April.

The return leg will be played the following week, on Tuesday 18 April at the King Power Stadium.

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,” Shakespeare said.

It will be a brilliant occasion for our supporters and for everyone at the club, but before the players can begin to think about these games, we have Premier League matches to come that are of huge significance to our season.”

Elsewhere in the draw, four of the competition’s favourites were drawn together. Real Madrid , the current holders, will face Arsenal’s conquerors Bayern Munich in the last-eight.

The Munich club head coach Carlo Ancelotti was in charge of Real when they hammered Bayern 4-0 away in the second leg of the 2013-14 semi-finals – the Bavarian side’s heaviest European home defeat.

Barcelona’s remarkable comeback against Paris Saint-Germain in the previous round has pitted them against Italian heavyweights Juventus in a repeat of the 2015 final, which the Spanish side won 3-1.

In the one remaining tie, Borussia Dortmund will come up against dark horses Monaco, conquerers of Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City out of the last-16.

In the Europa League, Manchester United will play Belgian giants Anderlecht in the quarter-final.

Jose Mourinho’s side battled past Russian side Rostov 2-1 on aggregate in the last 16, while Anderlecht won each leg 1-0 to put out Cypriots Apoel Nicosia in the last round and are currently top of the Belgian league.

In other quarter-finals lne-up, French side Lyon play Besiktas, Dutch giants Ajax meet German team Schalke, while Celta Vigo face Belgium’s Genk.

Champions League QFs:
Atletico Madrid v Leicester City
Borussia Dortmund v Monaco
Bayern Munich v Real Madrid
Juventus v Barcelona

Europa League Qfs:
Anderlecht vs Manchester United
Celta Vigo vs Genk
Ajax vs Schalke
Lyon vs Besiktas