Reigning European champions Real Madrid will face local rivals Atletico Madrid in the quarter-finals of the 2014-15 Champions League in a repeat of last season's final. Join bwin and get a 100% welcome bonus of up to £30
Real claimed ‘La Decima’, their 10th European Cup/Champions League title, by winning 4-1 against Atletico after extra time in Lisbon last May and are now bidding to become the first team to successfully defend this trophy for 25 years.
Atletico will take heart, however, from the teams’ meetings this season. Diego Simeone's side have beaten Real Madrid twice in La Liga and also knocked them out of the Copa del Rey in January.
quote Real Madrid at best odds of 4/1 to triumph in this season’s final in Berlin on June 6 and Atletico at 18/1, with Bayern Munich now the 2/1 favourites after they were drawn to play Porto.
The first leg will be away from home for the German champions, who are bidding to regain the European crown they last claimed at Wembley two seasons ago.
That came just over a quarter of a century after Porto beat Bayern in the 1987 European Cup Final, the Portuguese club winning 2-1 in Vienna, although they have failed to get the better of the Bundesliga outfit in four subsequent meetings.
Juventus are also likely to be happy after being paired with Monaco, conquerors of Arsenal in the last 16.
On course to claim a fourth consecutive Italian league title, Juventus impressively eliminated Borussia Dortmund with a 5-1 aggregate success in the first knockout round and, following that performance, they will not be fazed by again having to play the opening leg at home.
But along with the Madrid derby, the most attractive tie looks to be Paris Saint-Germain v Barcelona with these clubs re-opposing after also meeting in the group stage this season.
Two close and entertaining spectacles could be in prospect because PSG won 3-2 at the Parc des Princes before losing 3-1 in the Camp Nou, while this is also a repeat of the quarter-final from two years ago when Barcelona advanced on away goals as the two games finished 2-2 and 1-1.
2014-15 UEFA Champions League quarter-final draw:
Paris Saint-Germain v Barcelona
Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid
Porto v Bayern Munich
Juventus v Monaco