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Champions League 2021-22: Quarterfinal 1st leg Matches: Preview, Kick Off Time, Telecast, Live streaming info

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Bengaluru, April 5: The UEFA Champions League resumes this week with the first-leg quarterfinal matches which are dominated by English and Spanish teams and include a couple of surprises among many of the usual heavyweights.

Starting off, Chelsea will face Real Madrid, who have won the Champions League 13 times, after their 3-1 victory in the quarterfinals of the last season.

While Atletico Madrid will take on Premier League champions Manchester City, a match-up between one of Europe's finest attacks and one of Europe's best defenses, German giants Bayern Munich will clash with Villarreal.

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The last battle is Benfica against Liverpool, where Benfica had an answer for Ajax in the round of 16, but now they will face the might of Liverpool in the quarterfinals.

Man City vs Atletico

Man City vs Atletico

Pep Guardiola vs Diego Simeone has the feel like a heavyweight meeting that has thrown up several classic bouts but, surprisingly, their paths have crossed only three times to date -- Guardiola has won two games to Simeone's one.

City have been pretty much unstoppable over the past six months but if you needed a candidate to halt their charge then Atletico, would be high up the list, fresh from ousting Manchester United in the last 16.

Man City vs Atletico will be live on SONY TEN 2 (English), SONY TEN 3 (Hindi) & SONY TEN 4 (Tamil & Telugu) channels on Wednesday (April 6) from 12.30 am IST.

Benfica vs Liverpool

Benfica vs Liverpool

To many, Liverpool landed the plum draw in the last eight, with Benfica the big outsider having reached this stage for the first time in six years. It strengthened the belief that maybe a quadruple of major trophies really is possible for the English team.

That Liverpool will play the second leg at Anfield, the scene of so many famous European nights, made Jurgen Klopp's team an even bigger favorite as the club looks to become European champion for a seventh time.

Benfica vs Liverpool will be live on SONY TEN 1 (English) on Wednesday (April 6) from 12.30 am IST.

Villarreal vs Bayern

Villarreal vs Bayern

Europa League champions Villarreal are in the quarterfinals for the first time since 2009. European football's elite will have noted the performance, but will not have failed to recognise Bayern's 7-1 dismantling of Salzburg, either.

Even so, the German side were outplayed in the away fixture and fortunate to escape with a draw - a source of real hope for Villarreal.

Villarreal vs Bayern will be live on SONY TEN 1 (English) on Thursday (April 7) from 12.30 am IST.

Chelsea vs Real Madrid

Chelsea vs Real Madrid

Chelsea is attempting to retain the title to the backdrop of an off-field crisis. Chelsea is for sale after its billionaire owner, Roman Abramovich, was sanctioned by the British government for his close links to Russian President Vladimir Putin following the invasion of Ukraine. Chelsea's future is up in the air - the preferred new owner should be known sometime this month - and the players have been doing their best to keep their focus on the field.

Real Madrid will provide a much tougher challenge for Chelsea. The 13-time European champion lost to Chelsea in the semifinals last season, when it still could not play at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium because of renovation work. Karim Benzema, who led Madrid to a historic comeback victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the round of 16, remains the key again.

Chelsea vs Real Madrid will be live on LIVE on SONY TEN 2 (English), SONY TEN 3 (Hindi) & SONY TEN 4 (Tamil & Telugu) channels on Thursday (April 7) from 12.30 am IST.

(With inputs from UEFA/Sony/Agencies)

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Story first published: Tuesday, April 5, 2022, 8:55 [IST]
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