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LIVE - UEFA Champions League Draw!
Follow our LIVE coverage of the UEFA Champions League draw as it happens on Friday March 15, 1200(CET) in Nyon!

20:20 MYT

3/15/13

Reacting to Juve's draw with Bayern, former AC Milan and Italy defender Alessandro Costacurta told Sky Sport Italia:

"It will be very, very difficult for Juventus. [Bayern]'s squad contains 16-17 champions, and they are a strong and very complete team.

"The level of German sides is always high, and they have a strong mentality.

"Bayern, however, suffer on the break. Juventus must focus on this because their central defenders are their weak point."

20:09 MYT

3/15/13

This is what Pavel Nedved had to say after Juventus were paired with Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals, speaking to Sky Sport Italia:

"I am proud of Juventus, who are representing all of Italy in Europe. Regarding the draw, it was hard to pick [a favourite opponent]. Bayern are one of the more difficult teams in the draw as they have great international experience and are a very good side.

"Our objectives? We do not bite off more than we can chew. We must enjoy this experience. We are amongst the largest clubs in Europe again and we will prepare [for the tie] with humility and respect, but with an open mind.

"German teams are complicated to face, so we cannot afford to neglect even one thing [in our preparation]. This tie will address two very strong sides, meaning it will be a great battle.

"Ibrahimovic? I spoke with Leonardo and Zlatan here [in Nyon] and I made only technical evaluations of him and PSG. Ibra is a PSG player and that's as far as it goes."

19:46 MYT

3/15/13

FC Bayern coach, Jupp Heynckes to Uefa: “I know Juventus very well. I have seen them a lot over the last two years. They were champions last year, and look like they will be champions in their league this year again. They are the best team in Italy at the moment and they have a great stadium. They are a very strong team tactically, defensively and offensively. I’m sure it will be two great football matches and I hope that we can prevail. But I think that it's a very open game. They are very strong opponents.”

19:41 MYT

3/15/13

Dortmund's CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke: "There is nothing to wish for in a Champions League Quarterfinal. We neverunderestimate an opponent. Malaga played very well, especially when they eliminated Porto. Chances are 50-50."

"They are organised well and they have some experienced players we still know from the Bundesliga. It will be tight games and you are not allowed to make any mistakes. But we have no pressure. We are undefeated this season and we hope it stays that way.“

19:35 MYT

3/15/13

Emilio Butragueno to Eurosport:

"There's no such thing as an easy game. Galatasaray have had a great run, playing some great football, so it's going to be a tough night and we cannot underestimate them.

"With the firs leg at home, we need a good result to take to Turkey. There'll be an incredible atmosphere over there. They have fantastic supporters, they won't make it easy for us. They have Wesley Sneijder, Didier Drogba, this is a very strong unit.

"Obviously La Decima is now the key objetctive."

19:35 MYT

3/15/13

Leonardo, PSG sporting director, react to BeIn Sport after the draw -

"This is the most difficult draw. We will be playing against the best team, its unquestionable. this is the worst draw possible for us because add to that we will play the first leg at home. But Paris deserves to live a big party of football."

"This year, the fact that we arrived in the quarters is already important. But we still have to play this tie and this is an opportunity for us to compete against one of the best teams in the history of football. Barcelona is the absolute favorite for the European title, not only today but from the beginning of season. They really have all that is possible to have in a football team. But we will do everything to behave good and why not win this tie".

19:30 MYT

3/15/13

Borussia Dortmund's manager Michael Zorc on Malaga (official homepage): "We accept this draw. At least it is better than Barcelona, Madrid or Munich."

19:28 MYT

3/15/13

Galatasaray vice-chairman Ali Dürüst: "All of the teams are powerful in this level. But of course Real Madrid is more than this. On the other hand if you have a purpose, you have to move forward. We hope to qualify, let's wait and see."

19:19 MYT

3/15/13

Italian champions, Juventus meanwhile will take on Bayern Munich!!

19:18 MYT

3/15/13

Spanish giants, Real Madrid will take on Galatasaray!

19:17 MYT

3/15/13

Another pulsating draw! PSG vs Barcelona!

19:17 MYT

3/15/13

We have here the first quarter-final match! Malaga will take on Borussia Dortmund!

19:13 MYT

3/15/13

Dortmund's captain, Sebastian Kehl commented on the club's official twitter account: "I don't think the other teams wish to be drawn against BVB."

18:56 MYT

3/15/13

Another Clasico could be in the offing as Manchester United's conquerors, Real Madrid, could face bitter rivals Barcelona after the Blaugrana became the first team to overturn a 2-0 first-leg deficit in the competition's history against AC Milan.

18:53 MYT

3/15/13

Bayern's custodian, Manuel Neuer has stated that he is not afraid of PSG (L'Equipe) : "To play against Paris, why not? I have nothing against that. This does not bother me to fall on the PSG because I don't think this is a dangerous opponent for us. But Paris has world class players and it will rely on him in the coming years. "

18:51 MYT

3/15/13

Galatasary board member Abdurrahim Albayrak (to Hurriyet):
 
"We would like to draw against Juventus, Malaga or Paris Saint-Germain. I would prefer Juventus after having seen the Italians' respect for our coach Fatih Terim. I was impressed with their attitude towards Fatih Terim when we'd faced Genoa in Italy. But it is not really important who our opponents will be. Galatasaray are only focused to reserve their place in the Champions League final at Wembley."

18:50 MYT

3/15/13

Our Latino football expert, Mustapha "El Loco" Kamaruddin meanwhile believes Barca are back in with a shout after a big win over AC Milan. Read here.

17:55 MYT

3/15/13

The eight teams that have registered their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League will be rewarded with €3.9 million in prize money. A victory in this round would see the four winners receive €4.9 million each.

17:04 MYT

3/15/13

Real Madrid have been in 29 quarter-finals - more than the other seven teams in this year's Champions League. Bayern Munich were featured 23 times while Juventus and Barcelona 14.

16:38 MYT

3/15/13

There is a 25 per cent chance of another El Clasico this year. If it does happen, it will be the fifth time Barcelona and Real Madrid would be meeting in the Champions League - the last time they did clash in Europe, the Catalans won 3-1 on aggregate.