Atleti draw Barcelona in Champions League last eight

Rojiblancos paired with La Liga leaders in Friday afternoon's draw

Barcelona will be Atleti's next opposition in the Champions League

Barcelona will be Atleti's next opposition in the Champions League

Atlético Madrid will take on Barcelona in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League.

The red and whites were paired with the Catalan giants in Friday’s draw in Nyon, with the first leg set for April 5/6 in the Camp Nou, and the return a week later at the Vicente Calderón.

Barça are the current holders of the competition, having beaten Juventus 3-1 in last year’s final in Berlin. They are also currently eight points ahead of Atleti at the top of La Liga.

The draw is a repeat of the 2014 quarter-final, where Diego Simeone’s men progressed 2-1 on aggregate thanks to Koke’s winning goal in the second leg.

Odds will be stacked against Atleti, who have struggled against the dynamic strike force of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suárez over the last couple of seasons.

However, it is not an easy draw for the Blaugrana either, who can expect a gruelling battle over the two matches against the team with statistically the best defence in Europe.

Elsewhere, Real Madrid have been paired with Wolfsburg, Bayern Munich take on Atleti’s group opponents Benfica, and PSG meet Manchester City.

Are you happy with the draw? Do Atleti stand a chance over two legs against the holders?

 


  • Kris

    This is the toughest possible draw for both teams. Even though the game is 60-40 in favor of Barcelona, at the moment, we may be able to go through. We did it in 2014, but this Barcelona side has the meanest attack I’ve ever seen in football, and we have one hell of a tough defense. Again the only way we will win this tie is if we score against them because make no mistake, MSN, most likely Messi will probably find a way to score against “the best defense in Europe.”
    Aupa Atleti!

  • Usavicente Calderon

    Sepp Bladder leaves and FIFA is still rigging the UCL.

    Quarter final draws over the last 3 years:
    2016: Barca
    2015: Real
    2014: Barca
    Can you see a pattern?

  • Chewie

    What were the chances of drawing Barca and Real three times in a row? And then it happens. Honestly, Real would be fine, but Barcelona is a farewell ticket. I’m sure we will “fight and suffer”, but two legs against the motivated Barcelona leave us virtually no chance.

    Some guys were talking about luck. Well, it has just ended.

  • Hannu

    Yeah it seems almost impossible to go through but if one can fight against Barcelona it is us and that is surely what they get.

  • Urban

    gg

  • Randy Ved Jawahir

    Wow I wanted anyone else than them

  • Pegatinas y gradas

    Don’t stop believing!!!

    We did it two years ago. We’ll do it again.

    http://pegatinasygradas.blogspot.com.es/