Champions League quarters revealed
Date: 03/16/2013
The chance of Real Madrid meeting Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League final at Wembley remained alive when the Spanish giants were kept apart in the draw for the quarter-finals. Barcelona will face David Beckham"s side Paris Saint-Germain while Real Madrid will take on Galatasaray.

 In the other two quarter-finals, Bayern Munich"s reward for seeing off Arsenal is a meeting with Celtic"s conquerors Juventus, while Borussia Dortmund will play Spanish side Malaga after beating Shakthar Donestk and Porto respectively.

Unlike in previous seasons, UEFA did not also make the draw for the semi-final pairings at the same time - that will now take place next month. 

Real Madrid head coach Jose Mourinho is aiming to become the first manager to win the Champions League with three different clubs, having achieved it previously with Porto and Inter Milan. His side saw off Manchester United in the first knockout round and also qualified from a tough group comprising the domestic league champions of SpainGermany, England and Holland.

Steve McManaman, the former Liverpool and Real midfielder who carried out the draw for UEFA, said: "Real have had to do it the hard way so far - they have beaten a lot of good teams."

Galatasaray"s squad include two former Mourinho favourites - ex-Chelsea striker Didier Drogba and former Inter midfielder Wesley Sneijder. Barcelona, who came from 2-0 down in the first leg of the last round to beat AC Milan 4-2 on aggregate, will come up against their former striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

PSG have very good players with a lot of talent and with their experience and knowledge of playing these types of games I am sure they will be challenging right until the end.
Andoni Zubizarreta, Barcelona sporting director


PSG sporting director Leonardo said Barcelona were "red hot favourites", telling "It is the most difficult draw against the best team in the competition. We play the return leg at their home ground. It won"t be easy, but we are looking forward to it because Paris deserves to be part of what will be a celebration of football.

"We get the chance to measure ourselves against one of the greatest sides of all time. Barcelona are the red-hot favourites, it"s a celebration in which anything can still happen".

Barcelona sporting director, and the club"s former goalkeeper, Andoni Zubizarreta said the experience of being 2-0 down to AC Milan had hit home with the players. He said: "We have just experienced something in the round of 16 that demands us to be prudent. We have to look on playing the second leg in Barcelona as being positive.

"PSG have very good players with a lot of talent and with their experience and knowledge of playing these types of games I am sure they will be challenging right until the end. They are very competitive and we will be coming up against several players we know quite well."

Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp admitted his side and opponents Malaga had both been surprises. "Borussia Dortmund and Malaga are two teams that have surprised with their performances in the Champions League this season," he said. "So one thing is certain: there will be a surprise team in the semi-final. The way they eliminated Porto shows that they have a lot of quality in their squad."

UEFA Champions League quarter-finals: 

Borussia Dortmund - Malaga
Real Madrid - Galatasaray
Barcelona - Paris Saint-Germain
Bayern Munich - Juventus

First-leg be played on 2 or 3 April, second-leg to be played on 9 or 10 April.