The Champions League field is down to eight, and the quarter-finals are underway.
The latest round has produced four mouthwatering ties from which a quartet of teams will emerge and put themselves in the exclusive group of truly elite clubs on the continent.
Here is all you need to know about the semi-finals of Europe’s top competition as Real Madrid, Barcelona and the rest aim to book their spots.
When is the Champions League semi-final draw?
The Champions League semi-final draw will take place on Friday, April 21 at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, with the time to be announced at a later date. It will be followed by the draw for the same round of the Europa League an hour later.
The semi-final draw is open and unseeded, so the teams are unranked and clubs from the same country can face each other. Put simply, it is a totally random draw and anyone can face anyone.
The clubs that come out of the hat first for each tie will play the first leg at home and an additional draw is made for administrative purposes to determine which tie will produce the ‘home’ team in the final.
How can I watch the Champions League semi-final draw?
The draw can be watched live on UEFA.com, who stream the ceremony for each round on their official website.
What teams are in the Champions League semi-final draw?
None yet – the quarter-final stage is in progress.
Barcelona, Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich secured their place in the quarter-finals after winning their last-16 ties on March 7 and 8. On March 14, Leicester City and Juventus joined them and, a day later, Monaco and Atletico Madrid took the last two spaces at the expense of Manchester City and Bayer Leverkusen.
Here is the full list of quarter-final ties:
|Team||Agg. score||Team||Leg 1||Leg 2|
|Atletico Madrid||1-0||Leicester City||1-0||Apr 18|
|Borussia Dortmund||2-3||Monaco||2-3||Apr 19|
|Bayern Munich||1-2||Real Madrid||1-2||Apr 18|
When will the Champions League semi-final ties be played?
The semi-final ties will be played on Tuesdays and Wednesday evenings across two weeks in May. The first legs will be on May 2 and 3, with the second legs following a week later on May 9 and 10.
Where is this year’s Champions League final?
The final will be played at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales on Saturday, June 3 at 19:45 BST.
Initially built for the 1999 Rugby World Cup, it is now the home stadium of the Welsh national rugby union team and has also hosted Wales national football team matches. It was also the home of the FA Cup final while the new Wembley was being built between 2001 and 2006.
Who was in last year’s Champions League semi-finals?
Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich are all in with a chance of returning to the semi-finals having reached the last four last season. Manchester City, however, have been knocked out.
Barcelona and Juventus were finalists in 2014-15, while Monaco are aiming to reach the semi-finals for the first time since they were runners up in 2003-04 and Leicester City are enjoying their first season in the competition.