Tough ties for English in Champions League

The two English sides have been handed tricky ties in the draw for the Champions League quarter-finals.

Liverpool have been drawn to play Juventus. The two clubs have not played each other since the 1985 final at Heysel, when 39 supporters died after crowd trouble.

Barclays Premiership leaders Chelsea will take on Arsenal's conquerors Bayern Munich.

The two English sides will meet in the semi-finals if they both win their respective matches.

The Gunners were beaten 3-2 on aggregate by the German giants whilst Chelsea progressed in a thrilling but stormy tie against Barcelona.

Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon told Sky Sports News: "It is a big draw. There are no easy games at this stage and we are delighted to be here.

"We have got to give respect to Bayern, they have won it four times and are the only team to win three in a row.

"It will be a massive game but our scouting network have been out there looking at all our potential opponents and we will be fully briefed."

Chelsea will play at home in the first leg but Kenyon does not believe manager Jose Mourinho will see that as a disadvantage.

He added: "I think Jose is quite indifferent to it. It is going to be a big night in London."

The draw has also thrown up a Milan derby.

The quarter-final draw

Liverpool vs Juventus

AC Milan vs Inter Milan

Lyon vs PSV Eindhoven

Chelsea vs Bayern Munich

The semi-final draw

Chelsea/Bayern Munich vs Liverpool/Juventus

AC Milan/Inter Milan vs Lyon/PSV

Champions League form

The Blues are among the favourites to win the competition after disposing of Catalan giants Barcelona in dramatic style to reach the last eight.

Four-time winners Liverpool, meanwhile, surprised many with their clinical 6-2 aggregate victory over Bayer Leverkusen in the last 16.

However, although Real Madrid, Arsenal, Manchester United and Barca have fallen by the wayside, there is plenty of danger left in the competition in the Serie A triumvirate of Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan.

PSV Eindhoven, winners in 1988, have good European pedigree but will not frighten either of the representatives from the Barclays Premiership.

Lyon, the only other side involved apart from Chelsea not to have lifted the cup previously, are on course for their fourth straight French league title and thrashed Werder Bremen 10-2 in the last round.

There are no Spanish teams among the final eight for the first time since the European Cup's format change 12 years ago.

Quarter-final ties are to be played on April 5 and 6 with the return matches a week later, while the semi-finals follow just a fortnight after that, with second legs in the first week of May.

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