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Good morning and welcome to Nigerianeye's live commentary of the UEFA champions league quarter final draw taking place in Nyon, Switzerland.

The quarter-finals of this year's Champions League now have all eight participants, but Manchester City will not be one of them.

Pep Guardiola's men let slip a two-goal advantage on Wednesday, as Monaco battled back to win a pulsating tie on away goals.

The Ligue 1 leaders join Leicester City, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich on the list of teams safely through to the last eight.

With the draw to decide the matchups for the quarter-finals coming up on Friday, here is all you need to know about the next round of Europe's top competition.

The quarter-final draw is open and unseeded, so the teams are unranked and clubs from the same country can face each other. Put simply, it is a totally random draw and anyone can face anyone.

The clubs that come out of the hat first for each tie will play the first leg at home.

When will the matches be played?

The first legs will be on Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 April, with the returns on 18 and 19 April.

Road to Cardiff

Quarter-finals: 11/12 & 18/19 April

Semi-final draw: 21 April

Semi-finals: 2/3 & 9/10 May

Final: Saturday 3 June, National Stadium of Wales

11:18 Leicester to cause another shock?

Leicester City caused one of the biggest shocks of the last round, seeing off Sevilla and Craig Shakespeare is eyeing another upset.

Craig Shakespeare: "It will be memorable for everyone at the football club. We might just be the surprise team.

11:30 Dortmund hoping to avoid Bayern

Dortmund reached the last eight with a 4-1 aggregate win over Benfica and there is one team that Thomas Tuchel definitely wants to avoid.

Tuchel: "I don't want an all-German draw. Not because we would be scared, but because we want to compete internationally."

11:35 Bayern Munich the goal machine

Dortmund will surely not be the only team hoping to avoid Bayern Munich in the draw. Carlo Ancelotti's men put 10 (ten) goals past Arsenal in the round of 16 running out 10-2 aggregate winners - the worst defeat by an English team in Champions League history.

11:40 Monaco capable against anyone

Bayern weren't the only high scorers in the last round. Manchester City hit six in two games against Monaco but still went out. The Ligue 1 side prevailed on away goals after a 6-6 aggregate draw and they will surely fancy their chances of scoring against anyone.

11:45 Barcelona poised for glory?

Perhaps the most remarkable game in the last round came at Camp Nou where Barcelona pulled off arguably THE greatest comeback in Champions League history, and possibly the history of football. Trailing 4-0 from their first leg they won 6-1 with three goals in the last seven minutes to break Parisien hearts. Does that mean this is going to be their year?
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu on THAT round of 16 comeback: "This is a historic achievement that will be remembered forever."

11:47 Gigi scared of Leicester 

Gianluigi Buffon, Juventus goalkeeper: "I would like to avoid Leicester City. They’re a dangerous side, there’s a feelgood factor around the place and they have the ability to hurt you if you take the game to them. You have everything to lose against them.

"We wanted to be among the top eight and that's our level. If you're always in the mix with the best sides, sooner or later you end up winning the competition."

11:48 Not long to go now!

Just a few minutes to go now until the official draw ceremony starts in full. So stay tuned as we bring you all the latest as soon as it happens.

12:00 ...and the draw commences

Well nearly, but not quite  Pedro Pinto, Uefa's chief of communications is kicking things off with a quick recap of the last round  - which was the highest scoring knockout round of football the Champions League has ever seen.

12:09 Special mention for Leicester

Uefa are full of praise for Leicester this morning for reaching the quarter-finals. "Your story is beautiful and is a lesson to everyone how beautiful and unpredictable football can be."


Ready, steady....first team out is





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