Chelsea and Manchester City remain as the only English teams in the Champions League Quarterfinals.
Both Premier League sides will meet each other in the semi-final, should both Chelsea and City advance through their last-eight ties.
During an event on Thursday night, Graham Potter surprised Chelsea fans with an unexpected reaction to a question about the Champions League and also promised to deliver results in the competition, which delighted the supporters.
At the end of the night, he was asked for his message to the fans. He replied : “Firstly, thank you because they’ve been incredibly fair with us, they’ve stuck with the team, the support we’ve had has been amazing. “And we’ll need them in Saturday – we’ll try and beat Everton and then we’ll take the draw, and then we’ll try and win the f****** Champions League!” The clip has gone down very well among Chelsea fans on social media. “He actually has a bit of personality, go on GAFFA!” one wrote. “Fair enough I rate it,” added another.
Towards the end of the Club Chelsea event, Graham Potter was asked to share a message for the fans. He expressed his gratitude for their support and loyalty, and acknowledged that they have been amazing throughout. Looking ahead to their upcoming match against Everton, he promised to give his all and try to secure a victory. He then surprised everyone by using a passionate expletive to express his determination to win the Champions League.
The first legs of the quarter-finals will take place on April 11 and 12, with the return fixtures on April 18 and 19.
Meanwhile, the semi-final first-legs are due to happen on May 9 and May 10, with the return legs on May 16 and May 17.
Chelsea beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 on aggregate in their last-16 tie, but now face a major task to reach the last four against holders Real.
The Blues exited last season’s Champions League to Real at the same stage – losing the first-leg 3-1 at Stamford Bridge before putting in a valiant outing at the Santiago Bernabeu,
Chelsea, then managed by Thomas Tuchel, went 3-0 up to lead the tie but goals from Rodrygo and Karim Benzema – the latter strike coming in extra-time – saw the Blues crash out 5-4 on aggregate.
Meanwhile, Man City manager Guardiola will face a familiar foe in former side Bayern – the club he won seven major titles with between 2013 and 2016, including three Bundesliga titles.
City and Bayern also have a connection through Joao Cancelo, who will be able to play against his parent club after moving on loan to the German side, with an option to make the deal permanent for around £60m.
Should Chelsea and City go on to meet each other in the Champions League last four, it will lead to six meetings between the two clubs in this season alone.
Both Premier League clubs were paired against each other in the third rounds of the FA Cup and Carabao Cup earlier this season.
Manchester City have confirmed that Cancelo is eligible to face them.
Cancelo joined Bayern Munich on loan in January after becoming dissatisfied with his number of minutes at City.
Since moving to the Allianz Arena, the Portuguese international has started four out of Bayern’s six Bundesliga matches – but only played 49 minutes of their two-legged victory against Paris Saint-Germain in the last-16.
Opta stats on Chelsea and Man City draws
- Chelsea have only lost one of their seven games against Real Madrid in European competition – indeed, they have the lowest percentage of losses against Real Madrid (14%) of any side to have played them 5+ times in Europe.
- Chelsea’s only defeat in seven matches against Real Madrid in Europe came in their most recent one at Stamford Bridge, losing 1-3 in the 2021-22 quarter-final first leg.
- Real Madrid have won their last four UEFA Champions League ties against English sides, beating Chelsea in last season’s quarter-final, Manchester City in last season’s semi-finals and Liverpool in last season’s final and this season’s round of 16.
- All six previous meetings between Man City and Bayern Munich came in the UEFA Champions League group stages (2011-12, 2013-14, 2014-15), with each side winning three times.
- This will be Pep Guardiola’s first meeting with Bayern Munich since leaving the club. His only managerial games against them came in the 2008-09 Champions League quarter-finals, knocking them out with Barcelona en route to lifting the trophy.
- Man City have progressed from all four of their previous UEFA Champions League knockout ties against German clubs, including one quarter-final (2020-21 v Borussia Dortmund).
Champions League quarter-final draw in full:
First legs on April 11 or April 12, second legs April 18 or April 19
- Real Madrid vs Chelsea
- Benfica vs Inter Milan
- Manchester City vs Bayern Munich
- AC Milan vs Napoli