When is the Champions League quarter-final draw?
The Champions League knockouts are heating up, with six of the eight quarter-finalists now confirmed.
It’s been a frantic tournament so far, with more drama, thrills and spills expected in the coming months as we build up to Istanbul.
Who are the Champions League quarter-finalists?
- Bayern Munich
- Inter Milan
- Manchester City
- AC Milan
- Eintracht Frankfurt/Napoli
- Liverpool/Real Madrid
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It’s been a drama-soaked knockout stage so far, with Bayern Munich eliminating PSG 3-0 on aggregate, Tottenham crashing out at the hands of Italian champions AC Milan and Chelsea overturning a one-goal deficit to knock out Borussia Dortmund last week.
Elsewhere, Man City smashed RB Leipzig 8-1 on aggregate in another eye-opening affair, while Benfica followed a similar path with a 7-1 win of their own across two legs against Club Brugge.
Inter saw off Porto last night, while Napoli lead 2-0 against Frankfurt ahead of tonight’s second leg, with Liverpool 5-2 down against Real Madrid as they travel to the Bernabeu.
When is the Champions League quarter-final draw?
The draw is scheduled for 11am (UK time) on Friday, March 17 — with the next round of fixtures being determined, naturally, at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland.
The event will also mark the final draw of the 2022/23 Champions League season, with the semi-final paths also being decided on the day. To add a little bit of spice, both the QF and SF draws are ‘domestically’ open, meaning clubs from the same nation can draw each other.
That could open the door for the potential of a European Derby della Madonnina between AC Milan and Inter Milan, as well as Chelsea against Manchester City.
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UCL news: Inter confirm Lukaku will return to Chelsea
It’s been a difficult campaign at the San Siro for Chelsea loanee Romelu Lukaku, who has scored just five goals in all competitions for Inter, a far cry from his first stint at the club when he was bagging for fun.
Inter were able to confirm their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League earlier this week after a 1-0 aggregate win over Porto, with Lukaku scoring the only goal of the tie. But he was reduced to a bit-part role in both legs, coming on as a substitute at home and in Tuesday night’s away fixture.
In light of his restricted role, Inter CEO Giuseppe Marotta has now shed light on the club’s transfer stance regarding Lukaku, confirming the Belgian will not be signed on a permanent in the summer, and will instead return to Chelsea.
“The loan was for one season so on June 30 regardless of how well he plays, he’ll go back to Chelsea,” Marotta told Sky Italia. “This has been an unprecedented season. I’m referring of course to the World Cup. The problems we’ve experienced have been experienced by other clubs too and the players who played at the World Cup.
“Lukaku is a case in point. [Marcelo] Brozovic isn’t the Brozovic we know. Lukaku hasn’t found the fitness he needs to play his best football. He’s still not at his best or the player we got to see in years gone by.”
When is the Europa League quarter-final draw?
The Europa League draw will take place immediately after the Champions League draw, with the event scheduled for approximately 12pm (UK time). Thursday night will determine which clubs are in the pots, with Arsenal and Manchester United both hoping to confirm their places.
- Union Berlin/Union Saint-Gilloise
- Bayer Leverkusen/Ferencvaros
- Man Utd/Real Betis
- Roma/Real Sociedad
- Shakhtar Donetsk/Feyenoord
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When is the Europa Conference League quarter-final draw?
The final draw of the day will take place around 1pm (UK time) and will determined the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the Europa Conference League. From a Premier League perspective, West Ham will be hoping to avoid a banana skin result on Thursday against AEK Larnaca and confirm their place in the last eight.
- AEK Larnaca/West Ham
- Lech Poznan/Djurgardens
- Basel/Slovan Bratislava
- Sheriff Tiraspol/Nice
- Gent/Istanbul Basaksehir