Real and Atletico set for quarter-final clash

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Last year?s Champions League finalists Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are set to clash at the quarter-final stage creating an all Madrid affair.

Atletico matched Real until extra-time in Lisbon when Los Blancos cut loose with three goals to run out 4-1 winners. The score was flattering to Real on the night but they will be under no illusions about the task facing them in April?s last eight tie.

Diego Simeone?s side have beaten Real Madrid twice in the league and also knocked them out of the Copa del Rey. Both sides struggled to reach the last eight with Real slumping to an astonishing home defeat by Schalke 04 and Atletico winning a penalty shoot-out against Bayer Leverkusen.

Carlo Ancelotti?s Real Madrid are attempting to become the first side in history to successfully defend the Champions League title but they have drifted in the betting since their latest display. Both Bayern Munich and Barcelona have moved above them in the market while Atletico are among the outsiders.

Barcelona went through comfortably against Premiership champions Manchester City, winning 3-1 on aggregate. That does not accurately reflect their superiority as Messi was back to his brilliant best and could easily have had a hat-trick in both matches. Only a superb solo performance from England goalkeeper Joe Hart kept City in touch but a missed penalty by Sergio Aguero finally extinguished their hopes.

Arsenal completed a miserable season in Europe for English clubs as they narrowly failed to pull back a 3-1 deficit against Monaco. A 2-0 away win was not quite enough as they were eliminated on the away goals rule, just as Chelsea had been by PSG a week earlier. It is the fifth consecutive season that the Gunners have failed to reach the quarter-finals.

PSG are the next opponents for Barcelona while the impressive Bayern Munich face Porto. The Germans slaughtered Shakhtar Donetsk 7-0 to ease through to the last eight. Their task was greatly eased when their opponents were reduced to ten men after only four minutes following a red card for Oleksandr Kucher.

Perhaps the surprise package of the competition will be Italian giants Juventus who moved ominously through to the quarter-finals with a comfortable 3-0 away win against Borussia Dortmund. That gave them a crushing 5-1 aggregate score and they have been rewarded with a tie against competition outsiders Monaco in the last eight.


First Leg

Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid, Juventus v Monaco (Tuesday, April 14th)

FC Porto v Bayern Munich, PSG v Barcelona (Wednesday, April 15th)

Second Leg

Barcelona v PSG, Bayern Munich v FC Porto (Tuesday, April 21st)

Monaco v Juventus, Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid (Wednesday, April 22nd)