July 22, 2017

Uefa Champions League q/final pairings: It’s a hot field —Zidane

Four excellent ties were pulled out of the bowl on Friday afternoon as eight teams learned their fate in  the UEFA Champions League. Leicester City face Atletico Madrid in their maiden Champions League quarter-final tie.

Borussia Dortmund on the other hand, face AS Monaco, defending champions Real Madrid will face FC Bayern Munich, while their Spanish rivals Barcelona face Juventus in a repeat of the 2015 Champions League final.

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane was against the notion that they have an easy tie, saying, “In the Champions League we got a very good and very tough opponent. We know that is going to be a difficult match, it’s a hot  field. We will try to play a good match and  win.”

The Frenchman further added, “I have not spoken with Carlo. They have a good team that is doing very well. It will be a very nice match.The possibly of winning the Champions League and the League excites me.”

Leicester City manager Craig Shakespeare, said “Facing a team who have reached the final in two of the last three seasons is a massive challenge but it’s just the kind of tie you expect in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. Atletico Madrid are a very good team with some fantastic individuals with experience in the competition, but we’ll be ready to give everything to progress.”