Liverpool draw City, Real to play Juve

Liverpool draw City, Real to play Juve

Barcelona to take on Roma while Bayern face Sevilla

Manchester City will face Liverpool in a mouthwatering all-English Champions League quarterfinal while Juventus have a chance to gain revenge on holders Real Madrid in a repeat of last year's final.

Surprise qualifiers Sevilla take on five-time European champions Bayern Munich while Lionel Messi's Barcelona were paired with AS Roma in the draw made in Nyon on Friday.

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool side will host Pep Guardiola's City at Anfield for the first leg, either on April 3 or April 4, as the sides play each other for the first time in Europe.

It will also be the first meeting of two English clubs in the last eight of the Champions League since Manchester United overcame Chelsea at that stage in the 2010-2011 season on their way to the final.

City's director of football Txiki Begiristain said: "We know each other very well, they are a very offensive team, the truth is it is going to be a great couple of games."

Cristiano Ronaldo and his Real team-mates will be happy to be playing the second leg of their tie at their Santiago Bernabeu stadium against Juventus, whose experience proved lethal to English club Tottenham in the last 16.

Real thrashed Juventus 4-1 in last year's final in Cardiff.

Former Roma captain Francesco Totti meanwhile said his club were excited about the prospect of taking on Barcelona and Messi, who scored his 100th Champions League goal in the comfortable 3-0 defeat of Chelsea on Wednesday.

"Meeting Barcelona in the quarterfinals of the Champions League -- that's a match that will be hard to forget," Totti told BeIN Sport.

Roma's sporting director Monchi joked: "You can't say we were very lucky with this draw."

The second-leg ties will be played on April 10-11 while the semifinals will take place on April 24-25 and May 1-2. Kiev hosts this year's final on May 26.

Arsenal draw CSKA

Arsenal will take on CSKA Moscow after being drawn together in a Europa League quarterfinal at a time of strained relations between Britain and Russia.

British Prime Minister Theresa May this week expelled 23 Russian diplomats over the nerve agent poisoning of a former spy, and said British royals and ministers would not attend the World Cup in Russia this year.

There was an all Iberian cast in another eye-catching quarterfinal draw as capital outfits Atletico Madrid, who many see as the main pretenders to the title, drew Sporting Lisbon.

Former European champions Marseille will take on rising German force RB Leipzig, while exciting Italian outfit Lazio face the draw's minnows Austria's Red Bull Salzburg, who knocked out Borussia Dortmund in the last round.

All the matches are played on the same day with the first leg coming on April 5 and the return a week later on April 12.

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