Fans complain Champions League draw 'fixed' after Chelsea and Man City handed awful ties
Many Chelsea and Manchester City fans are fuming after UEFA completed the Champions League quarter-final draw on Friday. Both English clubs remaining in the competition have been rewarded for their impressive last-16 triumphs with nightmare routes to the Istanbul final.
Chelsea now know they must defeat 14-time winners Real Madrid to progress to the semi-finals.
The Blues have been pitted against Real for the third successive season, coming out on top in the semi-finals before they celebrated their second Champions League crown in 2021.
Real then won 5-4 on aggregate in an instant quarter-final classic on their way to lifting a record-extending 14th title last term.
The winner of Chelsea vs Real Madrid won't have an easy task in the semi-finals either...
In the same half of the draw, Man City will face Bayern Munich, who comfortably knocked Paris Saint-Germain out of the last 16.
It will see Pep Guardiola returning to Bavaria, where former star Leroy Sane and loanee Joao Cancelo, eligible for the tie, will be waiting.
The draw has opened up a fascinating prospect for the 2023 Champions League final at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium on June 10.
In the other half, AC Milan have been drawn against Napoli, while Inter Milan clash with Benfica for a place in the final four.
One of the quartet are guaranteed to reach the final, where Chelsea and Man City would undoubtedly deserve it if they were the team in the opposite dressing room.
And unsurprisingly, fans of the Premier League duo have been left outraged by their routes to Turkey, claiming the draw was 'fixed' to make for entertaining quarter-final and semi-final clashes.
@MattyDavies98_ tweeted: "Tell me the Champions League draw isn’t fixed when Chelsea draw Real and City draw Bayern… #UCL #UCLdraw"
@wakiliwaya wrote: "I am highly convinced the UEFA Champions League draw is fixed. How can Chelsea face Madrid for the second consecutive year??"
@LouLozo12 complained: "For the third year [Chelsea vs Real Madrid] and all Italian teams in one side. DRAW IS FIXED!"
@MrPaton_ added: "No way they fixed it for Napoli to reach the final lmao."
City remain favourites to lift their first-ever Champions League, but they have never faced Bayern in the knockout stages before.
Chelsea boss Graham Potter must ensure his side don't suffer from flashbacks of Real's improbable Bernabeu comeback last year.