The 2022-23 Champions League round of 16 is over and the likes of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, and Europe’s heavyweights look ahead to the quarter-final.
Champions League quarter-final draw live stream:
The draw will be streamed live-streamed for free on UEFA’s official website.
Quarter-final line-up :
Real Madrid vs Chelsea
Man City vs Bayern
Benfica vs Inter
Milan vs Napoli
Real Madrid vs Chelsea : (12 & 18 April) at 1 am.
Real Madrid (ESP)
UEFA coefficient ranking: 5
This season: W6 D1 L1 F21 A7
Group F: Winners
Round of 16: W 6-2agg vs Liverpool
Last season: Winners (W 1-0 vs Liverpool)
Best European Cup performance: Winners (1955/56, 1956/57, 1957/58, 1958/59, 1959/60, 1965/66, 1997/98, 1999/2000, 2001/02, 2013/14, 2015/16, 2016/17, 2017/18, 2021/22)
Key player: Vinícius Júnior
Benzema, not to mention Thibaut Courtois, remains crucial. But when a coach of Ancelotti’s savoir-faire, experience, and judgment declares that in his No20 he possesses “the most decisive player in the world” who could possibly argue against the idea that Vinícius, this wonderful, mercurial Brazilian forward, is Madrid’s key player?
UEFA coefficient ranking: 3
This season: W5 D1 L2 F12 A5
Group E: Winners
Round of 16: W 2-1agg vs Dortmund
Last season: Quarter-finals (L 4-5agg vs Real Madrid)
Best European Cup performance: Winners (2011/12, 2020/21)
Key player: João Félix
The Portuguese playmaker was signed on loan from Atlético de Madrid in January and is a proven player at this level. He has swiftly settled into his new surroundings and offers flair, dynamism, and a threat in front of the goal.
Man City vs Bayern (11 & 19 April) AT 1 am‘
Manchester City (ENG)
UEFA coefficient ranking: 2
This season: W5 D3 L0 F22 A3
Group G: Winners
Round of 16: W 8-1agg vs Leipzig
Last season: Semi-finals (L 5-6agg vs Real Madrid)
Best European Cup performance: Runners-up (2020/21)
Key player: Kevin De Bruyne
The 31-year-old midfielder passed 300 appearances for City in 2021/22, when he won the Premier League Player of the Season award for the second time. He remains a talismanic figure, contributing a constant supply of chances for the relentless Haaland.
Bayern München (GER)
UEFA coefficient ranking: 1
This season: W8 D0 L0 F21 A2
Group C: Winners
Round of 16: W 3-0agg vs Paris
Last season: Quarter-finals (L 1-2agg vs Villarreal)
Best European Cup performance: Winners (1973/74, 1974/75, 1975/76, 2000/01, 2012/13, 2019/20)
Key player: Jamal Musiala
Bayern has a new star. The 19-year-old has established himself as one of the first names on Nagelsmann’s team sheet this season with performances displaying a maturity beyond his years. A delightful dribbler, a productive playmaker and an efficient goalscorer, “Magic Musiala” has more than a few shades of a young Lionel Messi.
Benfica vs Inter (11 & 19 April) AT 1 am
UEFA coefficient ranking: 18
This season: W6 D2 L0 F25 A8
Round of 16: W 7-1agg vs Club Brugge
Group H: Winners
Last season: Quarter-finals (L 4-6agg vs Liverpool)
Best European Cup performance: Winners (1960/61, 1961/62)
Key player: Ferro
A special character: quiet and capable of conjuring something from nothing.
UEFA coefficient ranking: 12
This season: W4 D2 L2 F11 A7
Group C: Runners-up
Round of 16: W 1-0agg vs Porto
Last season: Round of 16 (L 1-2agg vs Liverpool)
Best European Cup performance: Winners (1963/64, 1964/65, 2009/10)
Key player: Lautaro Martínez
Nicknamed ‘The Bull’, Martínez ended the 2021/22 campaign with 25 goals in 49 appearances across all competitions – his best haul since arriving in Milan from Racing Club in 2018. Formed a prolific partnership with Lukaku, who returned from Chelsea but did not play much in the first half of the season due to injury.
Milan vs Napoli (12 & 18 April) AT 1 am,
UEFA coefficient ranking: 36
This season: W4 D2 L2 F13 A7
Group E: Runners-up
Round of 16: W 1-0agg vs Tottenham
Last season: Group stage (fourth place)
Best European Cup performance: Winners (1962/63, 1968/69, 1988/89, 1989/90, 1993/94, 2002/03, 2006/07)
Key player: Theo Hernández
The France international has developed into an impressive all-round player: solid at the back, fluid going forward, laying on assists, scoring goals, and generally creating havoc. He can operate down the left flank or through the middle and fully embodies the captain’s leadership and spirit.
UEFA coefficient ranking: 20
This season: W7 D0 L1 F25 A6
Group A: Winners
Round of 16: W 5-0agg vs Eintracht Frankfurt
Last season: Europa League knockout round play-offs
Best European Cup performance: Round of 16 (2011/12, 2016/17, 2019/20, 2022/23)
Key player: Khvicha Kvaratskhelia
Can anyone remember a new signing having as big an impact in Serie A (or, indeed, the Champions League) as the Georgian winger? With 13 goals – including some stunning efforts – and 15 assists in all competitions, he is Napoli’s standout performer, slotting in wonderfully down the left and delivering a stream of dribbles, shots, long balls, and laser-guided passes.
How does the Champions League draw work?
The draw will feature the eight winners from the round of 16. There will be no seeded teams or country protection, which means two teams from the same national association can face each other.
The draws for the semi-finals, pitting together quarter-final ties, will also take place on the same day.
A third draw will determine who will be the ‘home’ team in the final for solely administrative reasons.