Manchester City to face Zlatan and Co in Champions League quarter-finals
Published 18/03/2016 | 11:16
Manchester City have been drawn against Paris St Germain in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
City defeated Dynamo Kiev to reach the last eight of Europe's elite competition for the first time.
PSG, meanwhile, knocked Chelsea out as the French team look to add the Champions League to their domestic Ligue 1 title.
Elsewhere, Wolfsburg were paired with Real Madrid, Bayern Munich tackle Benfica and holders Barcelona were drawn against fellow Spanish side Atletico Madrid.
The quarter-final ties will be played over April 5/6 and April 12/13.
City are currently fourth in the Barclays Premier League table, four points ahead of sixth-placed Manchester United, whom they host on Sunday.
While not yet conceding the championship race, overhauling a 12-point deficit on leaders Leicester remains a difficult task for Manuel Pellegrini's side, who last month won the Capital One Cup with victory over Liverpool at Wembley
Getting past PSG and into the semi-finals of the Champions League will also prove no mean feat - especially with Vincent Kompany injured again.
Laurent Blanc's men have already wrapped up the Ligue 1 title in style, inspired by veteran Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic and showed with their 4-2 aggregate victory over Chelsea in the last 16 that they remain very much determined to prove themselves a continental super-power.
City and PSG have met just once before, playing out a goalless draw in Manchester during the group stages of the 2008/09 UEFA Cup.
Real, 10-time winners of the European Cup, squeezed past Roma to get through to the last eight, while city rivals Atletico needed a dramatic penalty shoot-out victory to see off the challenge of Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven following two goalless legs.
Atletico faced Barcelona at the quarter-final stage of the 2013/14 campaign, winning 1-0 at home after a 1-1 away draw to progress en route to the final in Lisbon, where they lost as Real secured 'La Decima'.
However, Barcelona, the five-time champions who comfortably defeated Arsenal in the last 16, have won their last six meetings with Atletico.
The first leg will be played at the Nou Camp, with the return at the Vicente Calderon.
City will travel to Paris for the first leg, which takes place on April 6, with the return scheduled for April 12 at the Ethiad Stadium.
Manchester City's director of football Txiki Beriguistain accepts it is a tough draw, but once which the team will face head on.
"My first reaction was 'wow' but we'll do our best, we have confidence in our team," Beriguistain said, quoted by www.uefa.com.
"PSG are a really tough opponent. They're a very complete side in all aspects, but we're dreaming about continuing.
"PSG are growing year upon year, they're in the quarter-finals, but they want to get to the semi-finals. We need to recover some players and hopefully we'll play a competitive tie."
Champions League Q/F draw - Wolfsburg v Madrid; Bayern v Benfica; Barcelona v Atletico Madrid; Man City v PSG.