Bayern v PSG in quarter-finals!
Bayern have been handed a challenging but hugely attractive tie in the 2020/21 Champions League quarter-finals, as the six-time winners of Europe's top club competition were paired with French giants Paris Saint-Germain in the draw for the last eight. The men from Munich defeated PSG in the final of the 2019/20 competition last summer. FCB are scheduled to play the first leg of the last eight tie in Munich with the return a week later in the French capital.
The permutations for the last four were also drawn on Friday. Should the holders prevail, they would then face the winners of the Manchester City vs. Borussia Dortmund quarter-final clash in an enticing semi-final.
"Paris are a very good team. They're second in their league at the moment, but it's a challenge at the highest level for us," commented FCB board member for sport Hasan Salihamidzic in an initial reaction. "They have a new coach in [Mauricio] Pochettino. He's a good coach and doing good work. They have top players, and in [Kylian] Mbappé a striker who has it all and is very dangerous."
The draw ceremony was held at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland from midday CET on Friday and was conducted by UEFA managing director of communications Pedro Pinto, UEFA deputy general secretary Giorgio Marchetti, and former Bayern and Turkey star Hamit Altintop, representing the venue for the final in Istanbul.
Bayern are set to play the first leg of the last eight tie at the Allianz Arena on 7 April, with the decisive second leg away from home at the Parc des Princes on 13 April.
This year's final is scheduled to take place in Istanbul on Saturday 29 May.
Champions League quarter-final draw in full:
Manchester City -- Borussia Dortmund
Porto -- Chelsea
FC Bayern -- Paris St Germain
Real Madrid -- Liverpool
Champions League semi-final permutations:
FC Bayern or Paris St Germain -- Manchester City or Borussia Dortmund
Real Madrid or Liverpool -- Porto or Chelsea