It’s that time of year fans love to hate – the draw for the Quarter and Semi Finals of the 2012 UEFA Champions League has been made!
APOEL v Real Madrid
Marseille v Bayern
Benfica v Chelsea
Milan v Barcelona
Marseille/Bayern v APOEL/R.Madrid
Benfica/Chelsea v Milan/Barca
After plenty of hand wringing and ‘what-if’ day dreaming, it’s now been confirmed who will be playing who on the road to Munich this May.
APOEL have had a fairytale time in the competition, and will be treating a trip to Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid the same way most teams would a final.
Marseille knocked out 2010 Champions Inter Milan in the previous round and will be looking to do the same to the Nerazzuri’s opponents from that night; Bayern Munich.
Chelsea will be under the impression they have a ‘kind’ draw with Portuguese side Benfica on their agenda, but a failure to progress would look several leagues more embarrassing should they fall at this hurdle
Finally, the pick of the Quarter final ties sees two giants clash; AC Milan will face reigning Champions Barcelona in what will surely be a massive game.
It’s worth noting that adidas have the interesting position of sponsoring six of the teams through to the competition’s last eight, a boon given the three stripes’ already heavy involvement with Europe’s premier club cup competition, and have produced the video you see above to mark the competition.
Welcome to the Quarter finals, indeed.