Champions League: breaking down the quarter-finals

Zlatan Ibrahimovic v José Mourinho, an all-La Liga clash and out of the frying pan into the fire for Manchester United

Barcelona v Atlético Madrid

This tie guarantees a La Liga presence in the semi-finals but, while the Barcelona goalkeeper Víctor Valdés claimed there would "not be any surprises", the draw may constitute the Catalans' worst-case scenario. The teams have met three times this term, a trio of draws with Barça having scored only once, but Diego Simeone's Atlético have, in recent times, struck upon a method of disrupting Lionel Messiwho has scored more goals against these opponents than any other club – Xavi, Andrés Iniesta and Neymar. Atlético are aggressive, defend deep and feverishly, and are potent on the counterattack with Diego Costa and Koke to the fore. Atlético's team feels inexperienced at this level, and were not at their best even in breezing past Milan in the last 16, but facing familiar Spanish opponents may be of benefit. Barça beware.

First leg 1 April Second leg 9 April

Manchester United v Bayern Munich

Manchester United's respite lasted two days. Their reward for beating Olympiakos, a result that was supposed to breathe new hope into their campaign, is a confrontation with the holders, which, form suggests, will mark the end of United's interest in the competition. While David Moyes's side toil at home, Bayern, overseen by a two-times winner in Pep Guardiola, are unbeaten in 50 Bundesliga games and will travel to Old Trafford as world, European and German champions. Snuffing out the threat of Guardiola's effervescent midfield – one of whom, Toni Kroos, United covet – will be key, as well as suffocating the pace and invention of Arjen Robben (with Patrice Evra suspended) and Franck Ribéry on the flanks, with the Premier League club then to hope Wayne Rooney can inflict damage at the other end. Regardless, it may be time to cling to those memories of the Camp Nou in 1999.

First leg 1 April Second leg 9 April

Paris Saint-Germain v Chelsea

José Mourinho has never lost a quarter-final in this competition and the prospect of confronting PSG might once have pepped Chelsea's confidence that the record would be extended. But the French, backed by Qatari money just as the London side are by Russian funding, are an emerging power and, if they are relatively inexperienced at this level, they boast players capable of thriving at this stage. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, an admirer of Mourinho, will be the obvious threat but Edinson Cavani‚ who described this as "a joli challenge" ‚Ezequiel Lavezzi and Lucas Moura are all dangers. At the back, Thiago Silva is a fine defender, while there is an enticing blend of class and steel in a midfield comprising Marco Verratti, Blaise Matuidi and Yohan Cabaye. It is 10 years since Mourinho's Chelsea won 3-0 with ease at Parc des Princes. This time around will be considerably more awkward.

First leg 2 April Second leg 8 April

Real Madrid v Borussia Dortmund

Regular foes last season, with Jürgen Klopp's German side holding sway in the group stage and then ousting the Spanish giants in the semi-finals, when Robert Lewandowski scored four times in the Westfalenstadion. Yet that was then, this is now. While Real lead La Liga under Carlo Ancelotti, bolstered by the impact of Gareth Bale alongside the prolific Cristiano Ronaldo,Dortmund are depleted. Klopp's side are 23 points adrift of Bayern in Bundesliga having sold Mario Götze to their domestic rivals,and will be without several key players through injury. Reaching this stage feels like an achievement. Progressing beyond Real this time is merely improbable.

First leg 2 April Second leg 8 April

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