Created on 20-03-2015 at 11:12 AM
Bayern have been handed a challenging but manageable tie in the Champions League quarter-finals, as the five-time winners of Europe’s top club competition were paired with Portuguese giants FC Porto in the draw for the last eight. In a welcome bonus, FCB will play the first leg in the north-west of Portugal with the return in Munich a week later.
The draw ceremony was held at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland from midday CET on Friday and was conducted by UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino, UEFA director of competitions Giorgio Marchetti, and former Dortmund star Karl-Heinz Riedle.
“It’s not a bad draw, although we mustn’t underestimate our opponents. Porto beat Basel fairly easily in the last sixteen. Our target is the semi-finals, but we’ll need two good games if we’re to get there,” commented chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. “There are certainly more awkward opponents, but they’ve showed their class,” observed FCB captain Philipp Lahm. The Portuguese cracks beat Basel 5-1 on aggregate in the Round of 16. “But one thing is clear: we want to make the semis.”
Five previous meetings
Munich have met Porto five times in the past, posting two wins, two draws and one defeat. However, the reverse was an especially painful one as it came in the 1987 European Cup final, won 2-1 by the Portuguese team in Vienna. In more recent times, Porto last featured in the quarter-finals back in 2008/09.
The eight-team line-up, comprising six of the group winners from the first stage of the competition and two of the runners-up, includes three teams from Spain, two from France and one each from Germany, Italy and Portugal, with the English Premier League failing to muster a single representative for the second time in three seasons.
Bayern play the first leg of the last eight tie away from home at Estádio do Dragão, with the decisive second leg at the Allianz Arena. The first leg will be played on Wednesday 15 April, with the return in Munich less than a week later on Tuesday 21 April. This year’s final takes place at the Olympiastadion in Berlin on 6 June.
Champions League quarter-final draw in full:
Paris St. Germain – Barcelona
Atlético Madrid - Real Madrid
FC Porto - FC Bayern
Juventus Turin - AS Monaco