Chelsea drawn with Man U


NYON, March 18- English Premier League rivals Manchester United and Chelsea are set to clash in the Champions League quarter-finals after being drawn in a rematch of their 2008 European final here on Friday.

Premier League leaders United will travel to reigning English champions Chelsea for the first leg and will have the home advantage at Old Trafford for the return leg.

United beat Chelsea on penalties in the final in Moscow three years ago.

Chelsea have never won the Champions League and are desperate to do well in Europe as they sit nine points behind United in the Premier League.

Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona meanwhile could be set for a semi-final showdown should they advance.

Tournament favourites Barcelona are drawn to meet Ukrainian newcomers Shakhtar Donetsk as Real Madrid take on surprise English side Tottenham, who dumped AC Milan out of the tournament in the last 16.

Tottenham look to have a tough task against the record nine-time winners but can take heart from the fact that Real have not won any of their last five meetings with English teams, and Jose Mourinho’s side have not won the competition since 2002.

Should the Spanish clubs advance they could meet four time in less than a month. They are also due to play in the Spanish league on April 17 and in the King’s Cup final on April 20.

Holders Inter Milan have been drawn against Schalke 04, and are favourites to advance past the Germans having already eliminated Bayern Munich from the tourament.

The quarter-final first legs will be played on April 5 and 6 and the return matches the following week on April 12 and 13.

Quarter-finals (April 5/6 and April 12/13)

Real Madrid (ESP) v Tottenham Hotspur (ENG)

Barcelona (ESP) v Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)

Chelsea (ENG) v Manchester United (ENG)

Inter Milan (ITA) v Schalke 04 (GER)

Semi-finals (April 26-27 and May 3-4)

Inter Milan or Schalke 04 v Chelsea or Manchester United

Real Madrid or Tottenham v FC Barcelona or Shakhtar Dontesk


May 28 at Wembley, London