The path to this season’s UEFA Champions League final will become clear on Friday as the draw for the quarter-final and semi-final fixtures takes place in Nyon, Switzerland. Real Madrid and Chelsea were the final teams to seal their spots in the last eight with big midweek wins, joining a group that includes last year’s winners Bayern Munich and runners-up Paris Saint-Germain.
England represents almost half the draw with Liverpool and Manchester City also still in the running, while Portuguese outsiders Porto hope to keep their dream run alive after ejecting Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus:
What TV Channel is the Champions League draw on?
Friday’s draw in Nyon means an early start for viewers in the United States, with the next round of fixtures to be picked at 7 a.m. ET and available to watch via the CBS Sports HQ, uefa.com or the official UEFA YouTube channel. You can live stream Champions League soccer on fuboTV.
2020-21 Champions League Last Eight
- Bayern Munich (defending champions)
- Real Madrid (record 13-time winners)
- Paris Saint-Germain (2019-20 runners-up)
- Liverpool (2018-19 champions)
- Chelsea (2011-12 champions)
- Borussia Dortmund (2012-13 runners-up)
- Manchester City (fifth straight quarter-final appearance)
- Porto (second quarter-final in three seasons)
Many doubted whether the titleholders could maintain standards following such a prolific 2019-20 campaign. While a second straight treble is no longer possible, Bayern Munich continue to operate at an obscenely high level in Europe.
Hansi Flick has delivered Die Roten to a ninth quarter-final appearance in 10 seasons, and they’ve managed to make it into the final four in seven of those tournaments.
Real Madrid might hold the record for most titles in Europe’s first-tier competition, but Bayern have demonstrated an enviable, workmanlike consistency of their own in the modern era:
One of two German teams left in contention, the quarterfinals are the first stage in which Bayern can be drawn opposite Bundesliga rivals Dortmund. Los Blancos are one team the defending champions may hope to avoid, with Real responsible for their only quarter-final exit of the past decade (2017).
Last year’s silver medallists are back and hoping to finally crack the continental code, showing plenty of promise with their 5-2 aggregate demolition of Barcelona in the round of 16.
Mauricio Pochettino has taken to life at the Parc des Princes with aplomb and eased past the Blaugrana without the talents of injured Neymar, whose return for the quarterfinals would be a very welcome boost:
After winning a fourth treble in six seasons last term, PSG carry a certain pressure to prove themselves on the European scale, where the balance has routinely slanted against them until now.
Zinedine Zidane has survived an onslaught of injuries to somehow put Real Madrid in sight of a potential double, masterminding a revival of mummified proportions after only winning three group games. At only 48, there’s a chance Zidane could become the first coach to win four titles in Europe’s premier competition, moving clear of Carlo Ancelotti and Liverpool legend Bob Paisley, the only other managers to have won three.
Sergio Ramos is one of those players whose return from injury made the world of difference in their last-16 second leg against Atalanta, while Karim Benzema’s presence brings a world-class touch at the other end of the field:
Real enter Friday’s draw unbeaten in nine games and looking back to their most confident under a manager who thrives in the tournament, hoping to win their first European crown since Ronaldo left for Turin in 2018.
After a rocky end to 2020, few might have believed Chelsea would be sitting quite so pretty ahead of their first Champions League quarter-final since 2014. Swapping Thomas Tuchel in for Frank Lampard has added an elite presence to the dugout that’s making all the difference, as showcased in a 3-0 shutout of Atletico Madrid over two legs in the last 16.
The Blues are unbeaten in 13 matches as Tuchel set a new standard for the longest unbeaten run for a new Chelsea manager, conceding a stupendously low tally of two goals in that time:
Sacked by PSG earlier this season, it’s possible Tuchel could come into contact with his former employers at the Parc des Princes, where Pochettino now occupies his old office. Premier League peers Manchester City have long been favorites to win their maiden Champions League this season and remain atop the odds, but Pep Guardiola has found new competition for the tag of “best manager in England.”