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Chelsea’s seven potential Champions League quarter-final opponents revealed as Real Madrid knock out Liverpool



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Chelsea have learned the seven tie they could have in the quarter-finals of the Champions League when the draw is made on Friday.

Graham Potter and Chelsea booked their spot in the last eight after overcoming Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund in the Round of 16.

After a 1-0 defeat in the first leg out in Germany, Chelsea overturned the tie at Stamford Bridge earlier this month thanks to goals from Raheem Sterling and Kai Havertz either side of the half time interval to clinch a 2-1 aggregate win. It also ended Dortmund’s run of 11 wins in a row in all competitions.

Now the Blues will learn their fate on Friday when the draw is made in Nyon, Switzerland, which will also see their route to the final in Istanbul mapped out.

But who could they face in the quarter-finals of the competition, the stage where they were knocked out by Real Madrid last season?

Confirmed Champions League quarter-finalists

  • Benfica
  • Bayern Munich
  • AC Milan
  • Manchester City
  • Inter Milan
  • Real Madrid
  • Napoli

Benfica and Bayern Munich booked their places in the next round. Chelsea have already face AC Milan in the group stages and could pair up with the Rossoneri again, while their rivals Inter are also through having claimed a 1-0 aggregate win over FC Porto.

Manchester City thumped RB Leipzig in the return leg after it ended 1-1 in the first leg. Five goals from Erling Haaland saw City hit the German side for six.

Real Madrid won 6-2 on aggregate against Liverpool, while Napoli won 5-0 across the two legs over Frankfurt.

Chelsea’s players are in confident mood and see no reason why they can’t go all the way to win the Champions League for a third time.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek admitted earlier this month: “We’re through to the next round of the Champions League and although we need to transform that into our league form, who is to say we can’t go all the way in Europe?”

Potter and Co will be hoping for a favourable draw on Friday. If they manage to avoid Bayern Munich, Man City and Real Madrid they will fancy their chances of progressing into the semi-finals.