Football: Barca out to avenge Atletico in Champions League quarters

(From left) Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar will seek revenge for their 2-1 aggregate quarter-finals exit at the hands of Atletico Madrid two seasons ago.
(From left) Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar will seek revenge for their 2-1 aggregate quarter-finals exit at the hands of Atletico Madrid two seasons ago.PHOTO: AFP

(AFP) - Holders Barcelona and their feared attacking trident drew fellow Spaniards and 2014 finalists Atletico Madrid in the Champions League last eight on Friday.

Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, will seek revenge for their 2-1 aggregate quarter-finals exit at the hands of Diego Simeone's charges two seasons ago.

In another tantalising pair up, new money outfits Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain face off after Swedish giant Zlatan Ibrahimovic's side toppled Chelsea in the last round. It is a first-ever quarter-final for City.

Having overcome Juventus in a dramatic come back in midweek, five-time European champions Bayern Munich will have been relieved to have drawn Portugal's Benfica.

The Portuguese won the old European Cup in 1961 and 1962, but the Germans, led by Pep Guardiola in his last season before a switch to Manchester City, are unlikely to lose any sleep over the pair up.

Zinedine Zidane's ten-time winners Real Madrid and the Champions League's runaway top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo (13 goals), drew Germans Wolfsburg, with the added comfort of playing at home in the second leg against the quarter-final debutants.

The two legs of the quarter-finals will be played between April 5-13, with the semi-finals on April 26-27 and May 3-4.

The final will take place in Milan on May 28.

Quarter-final draw: Wolfsburg (Ger) v Real Madrid (Esp), Bayern Munich (Ger) v Benfica (Por), Barcelona (Esp) v Atletico Madrid (Esp), Paris Saint-Germain (Fra) v Manchester City (Eng).