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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

UCL draw: Bayern vs. Real Madrid the big one as Leicester take on Atletico

Gab Marcotti explains why each of the four UEFA Champions League quarterfinals has the potential to dazzle.

The quarterfinal draw for the Champions League has been made, with some intriguing ties.

BAYERN MUNICH: BOOM! The big one as Bayern Munich face holders Real Madrid. But Bayern will be relieved to avoid an all-German clash (no, it's not a Klassiker) and also avoid Real's noisy neighbours Atletico, who dumped them out in the semifinals last time under Pep Guardiola. Of course, the main narrative will surround Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti plotting his way past Real, whom he led to the historic La Decima, thrashing Guardiola's Bayern 5-0 on aggregate in the last four in 2014. Arjen Robben, Xabi Alonso and Toni Kroos will all face former clubs, too. -- Mark Lovell

REAL MADRID: Real Madrid definitely did not want to draw Bayern Munich at this stage of the competition -- as the reaction of the club's former player and current director Emilio Butragueno directly afterwards showed. For years Madrid have feared the big German clubs, especially Bayern, with a history of losing important meetings dating back to the 1980s, through Jose Mourinho's time in charge, right up until the shock 4-0 win in Munich on the way to winning the 2014 trophy. That Carlo Ancelotti was Blancos coach that season, and now returns with Bayern to take on his former assistant Zinedine Zidane, adds even more sauce to the mix. Everybody at the Bernabeu, from president Florentino Perez down, would have preferred this game not to happen at this stage. -- Dermot Corrigan


BARCELONA: Juventus are a tough draw for Barcelona but the initial feeling is that the Catalans will have been happy to have avoided the other Spanish sides. Atletico Madrid are the only team to have knocked them out of the Champions League during the past three seasons, while a two-legged tie against Real Madrid would have been as tough mentally as physically. However, a meeting with the Italian champions -- and a reunion with Dani Alves -- is far from ideal. Juve are much stronger than Paris Saint-Germain in every sense of the word. If Barca play like they played in Paris in Turin in the first leg, Juve are unlikely to offer as much change in the return game at Camp Nou. It's an intriguing match up, though, between two of Europe's very best teams. -- Sam Marsden

JUVENTUS: Juventus had hoped to face a weaker side than Barcelona in the quarterfinals, a team that pulled off the greatest comeback in the history of European football against PSG. However, this is still not the Barcelona of old and it's a team that does lose and concede with greater frequency than it once did. Meanwhile Juve are more confident now, a team that feel they deserve their place in the upper echelons of football, so this is perhaps the perfect time and the perfect opponent to play against to judge how far they have grown since their intimidated performance against Barca in the 2015 Champions League final. -- Mina Rzouki


ATLETICO MADRID: Everybody wanted them and it was Atletico who got them. Debutants Leicester City were -- on paper -- the dream draw and it is nice to see fortune smile on Atleti at this stage of the competition having pulled out Barcelona (twice) and Real Madrid over the past three seasons. Neither side likes to dominate possession and both play counterattacking football. Diego Simeone does not use the kind of high-line that the likes of Jamie Vardy need to excel and it will be a battle to see who can pull off their game plan better. Los Rojiblancos have the better players, more experience and proven quality and I fully expect them to make it through. -- Joseph Walker

LEICESTER: It's perhaps fitting that Leicester City have drawn Atletico. The Foxes have an uncanny habit of drawing Atleti in Europe having lost to them in the 1961-62 European Cup Winners' Cup and more recently in the 1997-98 UEFA Cup. Foxes fans will have been hoping for Barcelona or Real Madrid, but a trip to the Vicente Calderon will be memorable and the tie is also very winnable since the Spanish side aren't quite as formidable as 12 months ago. It will be a similar kind of game to Sevilla, who by coincidence are Atleti's next opponent. Leicester haven't quite got a "glamour" tie, and Diego Simeone will be no doubt delighted with the draw, but don't rule out another shock Foxes triumph and an unthinkable place in the semifinals. As ridiculous as that sounds. -- Ben Jacobs


DORTMUND"We're challengers for the Champions League, but not favourites -- if you want to put us into a category," Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel said at his news conference on Thursday. AS Monaco are a team in the same category, with neither team being the favourite in this tie and Tuchel might give his mate Pep Guardiola a call for some advice to avoid making the same mistakes as Man City did. Both teams will be happy to have avoided Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid and both will fancy their chances. Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke summed it up nicely: "They have a goal difference of +59 [actually +58] and stand ahead of PSG in the League. It'll be very hard for us, but we cannot complain. All in all a very nice draw." -- Stefan Buczko

MONACOL'Equipe's online headline had stated, "Leicester or a big one" this morning. It was a big one, but not as big as it could have been. Given their triumph over City, Monaco will surely believe Dortmund are beatable. Both sides' attacking philosophy all but guarantees goals at either end, and it will be a chance for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to show the Stade Louis II just how far he has progressed since an underwhelming loan spell there in 2010-11. However, for all their flair and firepower, Monaco's back four are a cut above their German opponents, and should tip the tie their way. -- Ian Holyman.

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