Published: Sat, March 18, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Oblak stars in stalemate as Atletico Madrid progress

Oblak stars in stalemate as Atletico Madrid progress

Friday's draw pitted Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti against the team he won the trophy with three years ago, with Real also the defending champions after winning their 11th European Cup last season.

First leg ties will be played on 11/12 April, with second legs to follow on 18/19 April.

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.

The quarter-final of the Champions League is always hard. "We would have liked to have faced them further on in the competition".

Bayern Munich, who ended Arsenal's hopes of progress in the last round, will play holders and favourites Real Madrid in the last-eight.

Gab Marcotti explains why each of the four UEFA Champions League quarterfinals has the potential to dazzle. With Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez back on form, none of the top teams will take them lightly.

"We should be happy and proud about being the only Italian team still in the Champions League".

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He will face Zinedine Zidane, his successor and ex-assistant, who has led Real to the top of La Liga.

"I'm glad to be able to play in Madrid again, but I also know the Bernabeu is always a hard place to go, but first we have a home game". Former Real Madrid great Iker Casillas took to Twitter to laud the Slovenian's intervention, writing: "HERO".

It also increases the chances that the final will be played between two sides from the same country for the fourth time in five years.

"Leicester", the Italy great said, "because it is a risky team, a team which will have enthusiasm, a team which has the weapons to cause trouble for teams who want to take the initiative".

The timing of Sunday's game couldn't be better for Atletico with Sevilla reeling from disappointing setbacks both in the league and the Champions League. For sure it will be a very hard tie. We will face a great team with many good players. The return match will be played in Madrid six days later.

A pair of coaches, Thomas Tuchel and Leonardo Jardim, will look to enhance their growing reputations, and a parade of talented young French footballers, from Dortmund's Ousmane Dembele to the Monaco flyers Kylian Mbappe, and Thomas Lemar will want to catch the eye.

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