Champions League And Europa League Draws, Chelsea Sale News – Live!
Champions League quarter-final dates have been confirmed for Liverpool and Manchester City. They sit either side of the Premier League showdown between the two title contenders.
Tuesday, 5 April: Benfica v Liverpool (8pm), Manchester City v Atlético Madrid (8pm).
Sunday, 10 April: Manchester City v Liverpool (4.30pm).
Wednesday, 13 April: Liverpool v Benfica (8pm), Atlético Madrid v Manchester City (8pm).
Back to domestic matters and Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has responded to being linked with Manchester United.
What’s your reaction, Thomas? “There’s actually no reaction at all. Because do you feel me less committed to the club or less involved in the club in my situation? Absolutely not.
“I’ve said many times that I love to be here, that I love to work for Chelsea and that this club has everything that it needs to make me happy.
“And that’s why there’s no need. And we have plenty of reasons to stay in the moment here, and this is what we do.”
Tuchel was also asked about the next owners of Chelsea, whoever they shall be. Chelsea’s suitors have until end of business on Friday to submit bids after Roman Abramovich put the club up for sale.
“I’m absolutely not involved, zero. I’m informed from time to time, but we have a pretty tight schedule so I’m happy not to be informed of every little step and chance in the process.
“Because that gives me also the advantage to focus on football and the staff here, the environment I can influence, the 60 to 80 people here at Cobham.
“So of course I’m informed but not asked and it’s also not necessary, it’s not my job and not my role. Everybody hopes it will be completed quickly. And as I understand the hope is and we can trust this is maybe solved quicker than usual.
“But it makes not so much sense to reflect how it would change with the role of a new owner, because the new owner is not here, the ideas are not set out.
“We don’t know what’s coming, so let’s cross the river when we are at the bridge. And right now we are not at the bridge.”
A reminder that we’re not done yet with pulling bits of paper out of little vending machine balls. Yep, at 2pm it’s only the Europa Conference League draw.
Meet the teams: Bodø/Glimt, Feyenoord, Leicester City, Marseille, PAOK, PSV Eindhoven, Roma, Slavia Prague.
A quick scan of the bookies after those two draws.
2/1 Man City, Liverpool
3/1 Bayern Munich
12/1 Real Madrid
25/1 Atlético Madrid
In the Europa League, Barcelona are the 7/4 favourites, with West Ham 6/1 and Rangers 14/1.
A little surprised that Barcelona haven’t been in a UEFA Cup/Europa League final before never mind won it. Most of the other obvious teams (Real Madrid, Liverpool, Bayern, Man Utd, Juventus, Inter, Ajax) have lifted the trophy. Spain (8) and England (2) have won the last 10 editions of the tournament between them.
West Ham and Rangers will think they have very winnable ties there. Just awaiting the exact dates.
12.48pm GMT12:48Europa League quarter-final and semi-final draw
QF1: Leipzig v Atalanta
QF2: Eintracht Frankfurt v Barcelona
QF3: West Ham v Lyon
QF4: Braga v Rangers
SF1: Leipzig or Atalanta v Braga or Rangers
SF2: West Ham or Lyon v Eintracht Frankfurt or Barcelona
The winners of SF2 will be the ‘home’ team in the final.
Braga v Rangers is quarter-final four.
West Ham v Lyon is the third quarter-final.
Eintracht Frankfurt v Barcelona is the second quarter-final. The Germans are the only previous winners (1980).
Leipzig v Atalanta is the first quarter-final.
Former Sevilla goalkeeper Andres Palop is doing the draw. Sevilla is host city for the final and Palop is a three-time winner of the Europa League. They’ve clearly thought this through.
Pedro Pinto is back, running us through the runners and riders. Could it be West Ham v Barcelona in the last eight?
Europa League draw coming up very soon.
On the official uefa.com website, they’re running a “Who will win?” poll. Barcelona (45%) clear but Rangers (21%) have just edged in front of West Ham (20%). Atalanta next (5%).
Liverpool v Benfica will surely be billed as this in both countries. A proud day for Carlisle United. Fun fact: I was once played in an U15s match against Steve Harkness’ old school. They beat us 9-0. They were good.
The Steve Harkness derby https://t.co/FrOpGesXRgMarch 18, 2022
Champions League draw: A look at the English club’s quarter-final opponents (from PA Media).
Real Madrid – Chelsea’s opponents
The Champions League holders take on the kings of the competition in the quarter-finals. Real Madrid have been crowned continental champions on a record 13 occasions, currently sit atop of LaLiga and secured this tie by knocking out star-studded Paris St Germain in stunning fashion. Having lost 1-0 in France and gone down further to another Kylian Mbappe goal in the second leg, Karim Benzema’s hat-trick secured a remarkable comeback and 3-2 aggregate triumph.
Atlético Madrid – Manchester City’s opponents
The three-time competition runners-up return to Manchester for a fascinating clash against Manchester City in the final eight. Diego Simeone’s men won LaLiga last season but have long since been out of the title race this time around, although they have picked up form of late and managed to knock out Manchester United in the last 16. Wily, well-drilled Atleti followed up a 1-1 first-leg draw in Spain by securing a 1-0 win at Old Trafford on Tuesday as the hosts were stifled.
Benfica – Liverpool’s opponents
Having surprisingly emerged from a group including Bayern Munich and Barcelona, caretaker boss Nelson Verissimo masterminded a memorable last-16 win against Ajax. The sides drew 2-2 in the first leg in Lisbon and Benfica dug deep in Amsterdam to eke out a 1-0 triumph through Darwin Nunez’s late header. The Uruguay international is the star of a side enjoying a fine Champions League run during a season when their Primeira Liga hopes are already over.
Thanks Luke. While we await that draw, it’s full steam ahead for coincidences and omens.
Memories of Howard Gayle, Ray Kennedy and Alan Kennedy. Liverpool also won the League Cup in 1981. It’s clearly in the stars.
The Anfield Wrap(@TheAnfieldWrap)
Semi Final: Beat Bayern
Final: Liverpool 1-0 Real Madrid in ParisMarch 18, 2022
My colleague David Tindall will be guiding you through the upcoming Europa League draw, and I’ll be back for more later today.
Russia’s participation in the World Cup in Qatar has almost certainly been ruled out after a move to delay their suspension while an appeal was heard was rejected. Football’s world governing body, Fifa, suspended the Russian federation from its competitions over the country’s invasion of Ukraine at the end of February.
Russia appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and asked that the suspension be stayed pending the outcome of the appeal. However, CAS announced on Friday that the Russian request for a stay had been rejected and that the suspension remained in force. Russia were due to compete in the World Cup play-offs later this month, but with no date fixed for the appeal to be heard it would seem that they are out of contention for the finals. (PA Media)
Chelsea will meet a former manager of theirs in Carlo Ancelotti in the quarter-finals. On which note, following Roman Abramovich’s decision to sell the club and the UK government sanctions amid the war in Ukraine, the deadline for bids to be submitted for the club is 9pm tonight. Jacob Steinberg takes a look at the known bids thus far:
“I’ll take that!” emails Sam, a Liverpool fan, after being drawn with Benfica.
The Portuguese side were very impressive in winning against Ajax the other night. Nicolas Otamendi and Jan Vertonghen were both exceptional in central defence in a classic backs-to-the-wall European away performance. But you would definitely fancy Liverpool to be more clinical with their finishing than the Dutch side were.
“I am delighted that we got Benfica,” chimes in Bilal, another Liverpool fan.
Arsenal go to Aston Villa tomorrow for a Premier League tie after midweek defeat by Liverpool. Our match preview: