Barcelona to play Atletico in Champions League quarterfinals
ABS-CBN Sports on Mar 19, 2016 11:29 AM
Barcelona's Luis Suarez celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the Champions League round of 16 second leg soccer match between FC Barcelona and Arsenal FC at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, March 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Defending champion Barcelona will play Atletico Madrid in an all-Spanish quarterfinal in the Champions League.
Barcelona aims to be the first team to retain the title since the format was created 24 years ago, and Atletico would be the third straight different winner from Spain.
Real Madrid, which won its 10th European title in 2014, was drawn against Wolfsburg, which has never before played in the quarterfinals.
Bayern Munich will face Benfica, and Paris Saint-Germain will play Manchester City.
The first legs of the quarterfinals will be on April 5-6, with the second legs a week later on April 12-13.
Atletico ousted Barcelona in the 2014 quarterfinals when it made a surprise run to the final.
Real Madrid trails its two big national rivals in the league this season, but got a favorable draw on Friday.
"Real is, of course, favorite in both legs but I think we will have two interesting matches," Wolfsburg director Klaus Allofs said.
Bayern, a five-time winner, will face Benfica, which won the last of its two titles more than 50 years ago.
"We can be happy with the draw, but we should not make the mistake of underestimating a team that's in the quarterfinal," Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said.
PSG was paired with Man City in a contest of two big-spending clubs striving to join the European elite. Neither has reached a European Cup or Champions League final.
The final is scheduled for May 28 in Milan.