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All you need to know ahead of the Champions League quarter-final draw



Chelsea advanced into the Champions League quarter-finals for the second successive season last night by beating Lille 4-1 on aggregate. You can find out all you need to know ahead of the draw for the last-eight in our fact file below…

When is the Champions League quarter-final draw?

The Champions League quarter-final draw takes place at 11am (UK time) on Friday (18 March) from UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.

How can I follow the draw?

The draw will be broadcast live on BT Sport in the UK and streamed on the UEFA and BT Sport websites.

We will also bring you news of the Blues’ opponents in the quarter-finals as soon as they are revealed, on the official Chelsea website, The 5th Stand app and across the club’s social media channels.

Our name in the pots in a previous draw

When will the ties be played?

The first legs of the Champions League quarter-finals will take place on Tuesday 5 April and Wednesday 6 April, with the second legs to take place on Tuesday 12 April and Wednesday 13 April.

The draw for the semi-finals and final will take place straight after Friday’s quarter-final draw, so the path each team will need to navigate through the remainder of the competition to lift the trophy will be clear, including which side of the draw will be the designated home team for the final in Paris.

The semi-finals will then begin on 26 and 27 April, followed by the second legs on 3 and 4 May. The final will be held on Saturday 28 May at the Stade de France in Paris, after UEFA moved the venue from Saint Petersburg as a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

How does the Champions League quarter-final draw work?

It is a completely open draw for the remainder of this season’s competition, with no seedings and teams from the same country not kept apart, meaning Chelsea could face any one of the seven other sides who have qualified for the quarter-finals.

With no seedings to decide venues, which team gets home advantage in the first leg will also be determined by the luck of the draw in Nyon.

Who are Chelsea’s potential quarter-final opponents?

Chelsea are one of the eight winners from the first knock-out round involved in the draw for the next stage for the competition, with our name going into the hat alongside those of Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich, Benfica, Liverpool, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Villarreal.

The Blues are one of three Premier League sides to make it through to the quarter-finals – Liverpool and Manchester City being the other two, after Manchester United were knocked out by Atletico Madrid – meaning the Blues are left with a nearly one-in-three chance of an all-English draw in the quarter-finals.

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