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Bayern v Juventus!

Italian test in Champions League quarter-finals

Bayern face a challenging and demanding task in the Champions League quarter-finals after the runaway Bundesliga leaders were paired with Turin giants Juventus. “This is no dream draw,” Karl-Heinz Rummmenigge told FCB.tv in an initial reaction. “The record books show we’ve not had good experiences with Juventus. It’ll be very tough. We'll need two good days if we’re to make the semi-finals.“

Although FCB were granted their wish of avoiding holders Barcelona and domestic rivals Borussia Dortmund at this stage, the glamour meeting with the Serie A champions-elect arguably rates as the next most difficult test, especially as Munich must travel to northern Italy for the crucial second match.

Marquee victory in last meeting

The Bavarians’ record against Italy’s most successful club is mixed at best. Of six previous meetings, all in the group stages, Munich won two and the Old Lady of Turin three, with one draw. However, Bayern have nothing but good memories of the most recent clash, the sixth and final group fixture in December 2009, when the Bundesliga side triumphed 4-1 at Stadio delle Alpi and ultimately made it all the way to the final in Madrid.

“Juventus are better now than in 2009,” Rummenigge warned, urging the players not to take their opponents lightly. “This one won't take care of itself,” the chairman said, calling for “a good result in the home leg to take with us to Turin.” Coach Jupp Heynckes agreed, describing Juve as “the best team in Italy” and “really high calibre” opponents.

Post-Easter showdown

Friday’s draw at the headquarters of European football’s governing body in Nyon was made by UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino, assisted by former England international Steve McManaman in his capacity as ambassador for Wembley Stadium in London, venue for this season’s final.

The quarter-final first leg at the Allianz Arena will be played straight after Easter on Tuesday 2 April, with the decisive return at the all-new Juventus Stadium eight days later on Wednesday 10 April.

Champions League quarter-finals:

Malaga v Borussia Dortmund
Real Madrid v Galatasaray
Paris St. Germain v Barcelona
Bayern Munich v Juventus

(To be played 2/3 April and 9/10 April)