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Chelsea to battle Real Madrid in Champions League quarterfinals



Defending champions Chelsea have been drawn against 13-time winners Real Madrid in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League.

The Blues saw off French champions Lille in the previous stage to get to the last eight, while Real Madrid knocked out Paris Saint-Germain.

The quarterfinal draw, which was done on Friday afternoon, also saw last year’s finalists Manchester City paired with Spanish side Atletico Madrid.

The other quaterfinal ties will be between Liverpool and Benfica as well as Bayern Munich and Villarreal.

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The winner of the Chelsea v Real Madrid tie will face Atletico Madrid or Manchester City, while Benfica or Liverpool will play either Villarreal or Bayern Munich in the semifinals.

The first and second legs of the quarter-finals will take place on 5-6 April and 12-13 April respectively.

The first legs of the semi-finals will be on 26-27 April, and the second legs on 3-4 May.

The final of the competition is billed for 28 May at the Stade de France in Paris.

Ripples Nigeria had earlier reported that the venue for the fnal was moved from St Petersburg after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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