With Europe’s elite club competition whittled down to the eight best of the 2016-17 season, fans waited with bated breath to see which teams would be drawn against their favourite sides.
Here are the match-ups for the quarterfinal round:
Atletico Madrid vs Leicester City
Borussia Dortmund vs Monaco
Bayern Munich vs Real Madrid
Juventus vs Barcelona
While most observers of the sport still wouldn’t bet on which team will be outright winners of the competition, many fans were thanking their lucky stars, and letting the world know their thoughts on Twitter.
Leicester City — struggling in the Premier League having won it against all the odds last season — are due to face Atletico Madrid and some of their faithful let out yelps of joy.
However, another was not as optimistic given Atletico’s potential to stifle opposition attacks.
Champions League draw🔥🔥🔥🔥- one of Monaco and Dortmund sneaking into semi-finals. Think Leicester journey ends against the brick wall.— ryan_gaskin (@gaskin_ryan) March 17, 2017
One fan decided to poke fun at the presenters for his similarity to erstwhile Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri.
The dignitary was in fact, Giorgio Marchetti, who is the UEFA Director of Competitions. Marchetti was present on stage, assisting Liverpool legend Ian Rush with drawing the lots.
After Rush drew Bayern from the lot, someone suggested Real Madrid fans would have been signalling to him not to draw Los Blancos.
A few thought that the draw represented a fair and even distribution.
This is like the most fair and logical champions league draw ever. That's a first— Lucas Gugenheim (@LucasGugenheim) March 17, 2017
This is the best champions league draw I've seen in some years now #UCLdraw— Sammy (@Iamfortune2) March 17, 2017
However, some suggested that things were afoot.
UEFA champions League Quarter finals draw favours Spain again as Barça, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid were not drawn to face one another.— CHICO MIES (@chico_mies) March 17, 2017
Champions league draw looks suspicious... too perfect to be true🤞— L♥vu-lee (@solathaGracious) March 17, 2017
For the most part, people were in agreement that there were some exciting games to look forward to.
champions league draw is mad, gonna be some greezy games— darran moorcock (@darranjason) March 17, 2017
Some crackers in that champions league draw🔥— Dare To Alexis⚡️ (@RickyyyAFC) March 17, 2017
Here is the schedule for the next stages:
Quarterfinal first legs: April 11-12
Quarterfinal second legs: April 18-19
Semifinal draw: April 21
Semifinal first legs: May 2-3
Semifinal second legs: May 9-10
Final: June 3 (to be played in the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales)