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UEFA Champions League Quarterfinal Draw – The Reactions

UEFA Champions League Finale Lisbon 2013-14

UEFA Champions League Finale Lisbon 2013-14

The UEFA Champions League quarterfinal draw on Friday has produced four promising matches to be played on April 1/2 and April 8/9.

Defending champions FC Bayern Munich will face Manchester United, while last year’s losing finalist Borussia Dortmund will take on Real Madrid CF. FC Barcelona has been drawn against Spanish rivals Club Atlético de Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain will lock horns with Chelsea FC.

Let’s have a look what the club officials, coaches and players had to say about the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal draw!


Arjen Robben (FC Bayern Munich)
“It’s a good draw and we’re away from home first. United aren’t in great shape but they’re still a top team. We face two very tough matches. The best thing about Manchester is the atmosphere. All of us are in the game for the chance of playing in an atmosphere like that. Old Trafford is very special indeed and we should enjoy it. The fans are a 12th man for Manchester United. Obviously they’re struggling in the Premier League this season but that counts for nothing in the Champions League. We have to be up for it from the start.”

Thomas Müller (FC Bayern Munich)
“It was clear all the quarter-finals would be big games. There was no team in the draw where we would have said: oh yes, we’ll take them. United turned around their last 16 match against Piraeus with an outstanding performance. It shows they have the quality.”

Matthias Sammer (Director of Sport, FC Bayern Munich)
“It’s an extremely attractive draw against opponents who are struggling for consistency. But they showed they’re capable of great things in the Round of 16 second leg. The appropriate response for us is to remain modest and speak very, very respectfully about opponents who are still perfectly capable of football at the highest level on a good day. They’re extremely dangerous on good days, so we can’t allow them to have two good days. I regard the draw as manageable but dangerous. If you have the conviction and belief it doesn’t matter whether you play the first match at home or away.”

David Moyes (Manager, Manchester United FC)
“I was thrilled that we were in that draw and we’re in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. When we were 2-0 down to Olympiacos a week or so ago, I don’t think a lot of people were putting us through to the quarter-final draw. So, in a lot of ways, it didn’t matter who I drew. But I’ve got to say we’ve drawn out the favourites and obviously the holders of the cup competition as well, so it’s a really tough draw for us but one that I’m looking forward to. I think if you’re old fashioned, you’d say you always want to be at home in the second leg. I’ve got to say that would be the preference. But the way the game’s going now with counter-attacking football and a different approach by teams away from home, we’ve got it and that’s the way the draw came out. We’re at home in the first leg and away in the second leg, we just have to take it.”

Ron Gourlay (CEO, Chelsea FC)
“It’s fantastic. It’s a big draw for both teams. We can’t wait to play these games. There will be very little in it and we will have to be focused. We have a young team full of quality. Obviously it will be tough, but that’s what makes this competition so great.”

Thiago Silva (Paris Saint-Germain)
“I’m very happy to be playing Chelsea because they have a lot of Brazilians in their side. I can’t wait! It will be a great battle between two great clubs. This year, I hope we make the semi-finals. The draw provided four great games for the quarter-finals and it’s not a problem to be playing the second match away.”

Laurent Blanc (Coach, Paris Saint-Germain)
“Chelsea are a team we know very well, that we often watch in their league and with world class players. We knew that this draw would be giving us a very talented opponent and it will be Chelsea. We will prepare well for this tie. We still have a bit of time. Playing the second match at home can be considered an advantage for Chelsea, so we will have to make the difference at home, staying solid at the back and scoring goals at the Parc des Princes.”

Nasser Al-Khelaïfi (President, Paris Saint-Germain)
“As I said before, all seven teams left are very strong. We will be ready for the games against Chelsea, a club which I have a lot of respect for.  I know that it will be very exciting for all our fans and we are very much looking forward to it.”

Sebastian Kehl (Borussia Dortmund)
“Real are of course a tough draw. The Spaniards have something to make up for against us. They are even a bit stronger this season and will go into the game fully focussed. It’s a small advantage to play in Madrid first. But it is quite clear that there are no easy opponents at this stage.”

Jürgen Klopp (Coach, Borussia Dortmund)
“This is a good draw. If you qualify for the last eight teams in Europe on a continuous basis, it’s likely that one pairing is drawn more often than others – as in this case. It’s going to be two games with an extremely cool atmosphere. We are thrilled by this challenge and will try to take that little chance we have. It’s an advantage that we play in Madrid first. We are not prepared to raise the white flag yet.”

Hans-Joachim Watzke (Chairman, Borussia Dortmund)
“Again Real Madrid – variety is something else, to be honest. It was already clear that we would need to overcome a high hurdle in the quarter-finals. Now it’s probably the highest there is in European football. We will go into the games against Real with a positive mind-set. Borussia Dortmund are extremely proud, despite our never-ending injury problems and our relatively small economic resources, to be among the best eight teams in Europe again for the second year running. This is already an outstanding achievement, and we hope of course to get further.”

Carlo Ancelotti (Coach, Real Madrid CF)
“The best teams have reached this round. Borussia has a very good squad, it is a good team and it is experienced in this competition. Last year it reached the final and it will be a very open quarter-final. We are really looking forward to it and we will have to play well against what is a very competitive team. They are out of the German league and I think they will be very motivated in the Champions League. It is a quality team with great organisation, above all in defence and on the counter. To win we will need courage and personality. There are some very interesting matches. There is an all-Spanish clash between Barcelona and Atlético de Madrid. PSG-Chelsea will be a very open game and, finally, Bayern Munich will be favourites against Manchester United. They are quarter-finals and it is all very open.”

Andoni Zubizarreta (Director of Football, FC Barcelona)
“We always knew we were going to get a tough opponent. Atlético are not a new discovery, they have being showing what they can do all season. They’re one of the strongest teams in Europe. I think that when you play another Liga side, you are so used to playing at their ground that it doesn’t make so much difference whether you are at the Camp Nou or the Vicente Calderón. If Atlético are in the last eight of what they are calling one of the strongest quarter finals in the history of the Champions League, then it’s because of something … These are four great ties between great clubs. Even people that don’t support any of the teams will be able to enjoy some wonderful matches. We just hope we’ll be looking back positively on these games once they’re over.”