Chelsea and Manchester City have both been handed extremely tough ties in the quarter-finals of this season’s UEFA Women’s Champions League after draw for the final stages of the competition was made at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland earlier this morning.
There were no restrictions to the draw meaning that any club could face each other including the prospect of a Chelsea v Manchester City tie.
As the draw unfolded, Chelsea were again handed a meeting with VfL Wolfsburg while Manchester City must take on Spanish champions Barcelona.
Emma Hayes’ side have already met the German club on three occasions in the past, losing all of those ties on aggregate. They will be at home in the first leg later this month. City have never met Barcelona before, their only previous encounters with Spanish opposition have come against Atletico Madrid. Gareth Taylor’s side are scheduled to travel to Spain for the first leg, although COVID-19 travel restrictions may result in the tie being staged elsewhere.
The semi-final ties were also drawn with Chelsea being handed the potentially more-favourable task of taking on the winners of the Bayern Munich v FC Rosengard quarter-final tie while City will have to overcome reigning champions Lyon if the French giants defeat Sparta Prague or Paris Saint-Germain in the last eight. Both Barclays FA Women’s Super League sides would play away from home in the first leg if they reach the last four.
Should either or both of the Barclays FA Women’s Super League clubs reach the final, it will be Chelsea who will be handed the home dressing room.
QF1 – Bayern Munich v FC Rosengard
QF2 – Sparta Prague/Paris Saint-Germain v Lyon
QF3 – Barcelona v Manchester City
QF4 – Chelsea v VfL Wolfsburg
SF1 – Winner of QF2 v Winner of QF3
SF 2 – Winner of QF1 v Winner of QF4
Winner of SF2 v Winner of SF1
The quarter-final ties will be staged on 23/24 March and 31 March/1 April while the semi-finals will take place on 24/25 April and 1/2 May. This year’s UEFA Women’s Champions League final will be staged at the Gamla Ullevi in Gothenburg on 16 May.