Leicester has Champions League rivals running scared

Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti will return to former club Real Madrid after the two teams were paired in the Champions League quarterfinal draw.

REIGNING CHAMPIONS REAL Madrid will face Bayern Munich, while Barcelona have drawn Juventus in the Champions League quarter-final draw.

Two Champions League finals in the past three seasons show what formidable cup campaigners Atletico are and Simeone has made it his mission to win this competition.

The first leg of the quarter-finals is scheduled to be held on April 11 and April 12 and the second-leg will be held on April 18 and 19.

Leicester's achievement is even more stunning when you consider that their maiden Champions League run comes with them flirting with relegation in the Premier League this season, albeit on the upswing after the controversial sacking of their title-winning coach Claudio Ranieri.

"Many thought they could not turnaround the defeat against Sevilla - and they did. They have top-class players in every position, with so much experience". Barcelona's dramatic comeback from 4-0 down in the last 16 first leg, crushing Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 in a Neymar-inspired rout, was ample warning for any rival. We're going to play away first and we know we have to score there.

Yet while Leicester's European fairytale continues, Arsenal come crashing back down to earth with an uphill battle to finish in the Premier League's top four, and qualify for next year's Champions League.

Ancelotti's new team will host his previous club in Munich in the first leg of the quarterfinals on April 12.

However, Madrid's director of institutional relations Emilio Butragueno recognised that Bayern were one of the sides Real had hoped to avoid.

Elsewhere there's an exciting meeting of Ajax and Schalke, Celta Vigo will play Genk - who knocked Cork City out in the qualifying rounds - while Lyon are against Turkey's Besiktas.

The Portuguese boss was furious with the football authorities' decision to put United's win over Middlesbrough as the noon kick-off on Sunday just three days after beating Rostov in the Europa League.

  • Julie Sanders