Manchester City must overcome French champions Paris Saint-Germain to reach the Champions League semi-finals after Friday’s quarter-final draw in Nyon saw holders Barcelona paired with Spanish title rivals Atletico Madrid, who lost the 2014 Champions League final 4-1 to Real Madrid after extra-time.
Manuel Pellegrini’s City side have been handed a tough task in their first appearance in the quarter-final of the tournament against the team who ousted Chelsea in the last 16, but they will be pleased to have avoided holders Barca, who face Spanish Liga rivals Atletico, their closest rivals to win the Spanish league.
Atletico are second in La Liga, eight points behind Barca after 29 matches.
PSG have already secured the French Ligue 1 title in March with eight games to spare. They have lost only one match in France collecting 75 points from 30 fixtures.
Their most notable success in Europe remains lifting the old Cup Winners’ Cup 20 years ago.
Barca are 6/4 favourites for the Champions League under Luis Enrique boosted by a a 5-1 aggregate win over Arsenal in the round of 16.
Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich face Benfica of Portugal while Real Madrid meet German side Wolfsburg.
Guardiola becomes City manager this summer, but is aiming to depart Munich as a European champion after his side completed an incredible 6-4 aggregate win over Juventus in the last 16.
Bayern trailed 2-0 at home, but recovered to level at 2-2 on the night with Thomas Muller scoring in stoppage time to earn the German champions a draw before scoring twice in extra-time at the Allianz Arena to sink the Italian champions, who had lost last year’s final 3-1 to Barca.
Bayern’s last success in the tournament came in the 2013 final when they downed Borussia Dortmund 2-1 at Wembley.
Wolfsburg v Real Madrid
Bayern Munich v Benfica
Barcelona v Atletico Madrid
Paris St-Germain v Manchester City