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Twitter reacts to UEFA Champions League quarterfinal draw

Fans voiced their opinions through tongue-in-cheek tweets after Europe’s top eight teams found out their opponents for the quarterfinal stage of the elite tournament

football Updated: Mar 17, 2017 19:01 IST
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The eight remaining teams in the UEFA Champions League found out their opponents for the quarterfinal stage in Friday’s draw.(AFP)

The Champions League became the most talked about topic on Twitter within minutes of the broadcast for the quarterfinal draw.

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.

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.

However, some suggested that things were afoot.

For the most part, people were in agreement that there were some exciting games to look forward to.

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)