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Champions League record for Bayern
Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti will
go through his old club --- defending
champion Real Madrid.
When Ancelotti fulfilled Madrid's quest
for the "Decima" --- a record-extending
10th European Cup title --- in 2014, he
joined a select group of five coaches to
win the competition with two different
clubs. He also coached AC Milan to two
Champions League titles.
Ancelotti's new team will host his pre-
vious club in Munich in the first leg of the
quarterfinals on April 12. The return match
will be played in Madrid six days later.
"Matches against Real are obviously
special for me," Ancelotti said. "It'll be
exciting for me to go back to Madrid."
Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane was An-
celotti's assistant for the 2014 title, and
won a Champions League of his own last
May to cap his coaching debut season.
"Our relationship is like that of a master
and apprentice," Zidane said.
Also in yesterday's draw, Barcelona will
meet Juventus in a rematch of the 2015 fi-
nal, Champions League newcomer Leices-
ter will face Atletico Madrid, and Borussia
Dortmund will take on Monaco.
The first legs will be played on April 11-
12, with the return matches on April 18-19.
Madrid and Bayern have combined to
win 16 European titles and both currently
lead their national leagues. One club, how-
ever, will end its recent streak of reaching
the Champions League semifinals for five
Former Madrid players now with An-
celotti include Xabi Alonso from the 2014
champions. One-time Bayern midfielder
Toni Kroos now lines up alongside Madrid
forwards Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth
"By the quarterfinal stage all the teams
are well-known. There are no secrets an-
ymore," Ancelotti said.
Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rum-
menigge called it a "clash of the titans,"
while Madrid director Emilio Butragueno
lamented the pairing arriving so soon.
"It could be a final but it's a quarterfinal,
unfortunately," Butragueno said.
Barcelona won its fifth European title
two years, beating Juventus 3-1 in Berlin, in
coach Luis Enrique's first season with the
club. A Champions League final on June 3
in Cardiff, Wales, would be Luis Enrique's
final match before leaving the club.
Juventus did oust Barcelona in the
quarterfinals in 2003, en route to one of
its competition-record six losing finals ---
against a Milan team coached by Ancelotti
14 years ago.
Leicester is making its debut in the com-
petition, and is the only team in the draw
which has never played in a Champions
League final. But Leicester and Atletico
have played before. The Spanish club
eliminated Leicester in the first round of
the UEFA Cup in 1997.
"We know very well the problem Se-
villa had with Leicester," Atletico director
Clemente Villaverde said.
Monaco has become a feared team, and
the highest scorers in any top European
league this season, after starting among
the lowest-ranked clubs in the group-stage
draw in August.
Neither Monaco coach Leonardo Jar-
dim nor Dortmund's Thomas Tuchel has
ever led a team to the Champions League
"A very exciting, very difficult lot,"
Tuchel said, describing Monaco as a
team "with great individual talent and an
outstanding coach. We need to show our
absolute best performance twice." (AP)
Saturday, March 18, 2017 guardian.co.tt
to play Bayern
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUARTERFINAL DRAW
First Leg (April 11)
Borussia Dortmund (Germany)
vs. Monaco (France)
Juventus (Italy) vs.
Atletico Madrid (Spain) vs.
Bayern Munich (Germany) vs.
Real Madrid (Spain)
Second Leg (April 18)
Leicester (England) vs.
Atletico Madrid (Spain)
Real Madrid (Spain) vs.
Bayern Munich (Germany)
Monaco (France) vs.
Borussia Dortmund (Germany)
Barcelona (Spain) vs.
EUROPA LEAGUE QUARTERFINAL DRAW
First Leg (April 13)
Anderlecht (Belgium) vs.
Manchester United (England)
Celta Vigo (Spain) vs. Genk (Belgium)
Ajax (Netherlands) vs. Schalke (Germany)
Lyon (France) vs. Besiktas (Turkey)
Second Leg (April 20)
Manchester United (England) vs.
Genk (Belgium) vs. Celta Vigo (Spain)
Schalke (Germany) vs. Ajax (Netherlands)
Besiktas (Turkey) vs. Lyon (France)
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