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Official: Real Madrid will face Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals



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Real Madrid will be facing off against Chelsea in the quarterfinals of the 2022/23 UEFA Champions League, it has been officially confirmed after the draw took place in Nyom earlier today.

Los Blancos, the current holders of the Champions League trophy, cruised through to the quarterfinals after defeating Liverpool 6-2 (on aggregate) over two legs in the Round of 16.

Carlo Ancelotti’s men were joined by AC Milan, Inter Milan, Napoli, Chelsea, Manchester City, Bayern Munich, and Benfica in the last-eight stage of the tournament.

The draw for the quarter-finals was completely open, meaning there were no seedings and no country protection. It meant that clubs could be drawn against opposition from the same national association and teams they previously faced in the group stages.

And after the draw, it has been determined that Real Madrid will be taking on Chelsea in the quarterfinals.

The Blues made it to this stage of the competition after seeing off the challenge from Borussia Dortmund in the previous round.

However, coming up against Real Madrid will be a whole other proposition, as Los Blancos have not lost in the quarter-final stages of the competition since 2004 when they were eliminated by AS Monaco.

Quarterfinals draw in full

QF1: Real Madrid vs Chelsea
QF2: Benfica vs Inter Milan
QF3: Manchester City vs Bayern Munich
QF4: AC Milan vs Napoli

Semifinals draw in full

SF1: Winners of QF4 (Milan/Napoli) vs Winners of QF2 (Benfica/Inter)
SF2: Winners of QF1 (Real Madrid/Chelsea) vs Winners of QF3 (Man City/Bayern)

The draw means that Real Madrid will go through a replay of last season’s UCL quarter-finals where they defeated Chelsea. And there is a possibility that there could be a replay of the semi-finals from last term as well, should Madrid beat Chelsea and City defeat Bayern.

The first legs of the quarter-final matches will take place on 11 and 12 April, with the returns scheduled for 18 and 19 April. The semi-finals will be on 9/10 and 16/17 May with the final on Saturday 10 June in Istanbul.

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UFC Champion to kick off Real Madrid vs Sevilla, sends message to Mbappe: “Lucky to play for the best club in the world”



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Coming on the back of his triumph at UFC, Featherweight champion Ilia Topuria has announced he will take honorary kick-off in the upcoming Real Madrid vs Sevilla in La Liga this weekend.

Topuria confirmed this in a recent press conference in the Spanish capital this midweek.

A self-proclaimed Madridista, Topuria expressed his deep connection with the club and even sent a message to Kylian Mbappe, who is widely expected to join the club on a free transfer this summer.

Ilia Topuria: A hardcore Madridista

Ilia Topuria did not hold back his affection for Real Madrid, stating, “For me, the team that represents the values ​​of Spain the most is Real Madrid.”

The Georgian-Spaniard UFC champion went on to confirm that he will meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off.

“I’m going to meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off,” he said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).

Topuria triumphed over Volkanovski last Saturday. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Although born in Germany, Topuria made Spain proud last Saturday when he beat Alexander Volkanovski in the second round. In the process, he became the first fighter from Spain to capture a UFC belt.

Topuria’s triumph has granted him overnight success in Spain, with the 27-year-old even becoming a cultural icon for many.

Topuria’s message for Mbappe

Other than professing his love for Real Madrid, Ilia Topuria also had a message for Mbappe.

When asked about the Frenchman potentially joining Real Madrid this summer, he said, “Welcome. He’s lucky to play for the best club in the world.”

Real Madrid, for their part, also congratulated Topuria on his triumph. “Congratulations on your historic triumph for Spanish sport, Ilia Topuria. We are proud that a great Real Madrid fan like you becomes UFC world champion,” the club posted on X.

Real Madrid fans, meanwhile, will be excited to witness Topuria taking the honorary kickoff as Los Blancos take on Sevilla this weekend, with three crucial points on the line.

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