The 2020/21 Europa League season is down to its final eight teams, who will learn their fate in today’s quarter-final and semi-final draws.
The draw for both the last eight and last four are both being held tomorrow in Nyon, Switzerland, so the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United will know their potential routes to the final ahead of the run-in.
With automatic Champions League qualification a reward for the team that ends up lifting the Europa League trophy, competition is bound to be fierce.
Manchester United will be the favourites given the strength of their squad, though Arsenal won the FA Cup last season and will see no reason why Mikel Arteta can’t guide them to silverware again this term.
AS Roma are ones to watch out for, while Dinamo Zagreb’s sensational victory over Tottenham will mark them out as dark horses to upset anybody they draw.
Europa League quarter-final teams: Arsenal, Man Utd, Granada, AS Roma, Dinamo Zagreb, Slavia Prague, Villarreal, Ajax
Follow all the build-up, action and reaction for Nyon below!
The contenders: Real Madrid
Group stage: Group B winners
Last 16 result: 4-1 versus Atalanta (A: 0-1, H: 3-1)
European Cup best: Winners – 13 (1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1966, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018)
Real Madrid swept past Atalanta to book their place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time in three seasons.
Los Blancos may not be the force they once were, but Zinedine Zidane’s squad have hit a decent run of form, unbeaten since the start of February, and remain one to avoid in the draw.
The contenders: Bayern Munich
Group stage: Group A winners
Last 16 result: 6-2 versus Lazio (A: 1-4, H: 2-1)
European Cup best: Winners (holders) – 6 (1974, 1975, 1976, 2001, 2013, 2020)
Holders Bayern had all but made sure of their quarter-final place with a 4-1 win in the away leg against Lazio and completed the job on Wednesday night at the Allianz Arena.
The Bundesliga leaders will fear no-one as they aim to march on towards the final in Istanbul and, with veteran Poland striker Robert Lewandowski in top form, they will take some stopping along the way.
The contenders: Chelsea
Group stage: Group E winners
Last 16 result: 3-0 versus Atletico Madrid (A: 0-1, H: 2-0)
European Cup best: Winners (2012)
Olivier Giroud’s goal had given the Blues a slender 1-0 lead to protect at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night before a 2-0 victory sent them through.
New boss Thomas Tuchel has found a winning formula both at home and in Europe, with Chelsea now very much in the mix for a top-four Premier League finish again. Unbeaten through 14 games in all competitions, the Blues look set for another strong finish to the campaign.
The contenders: Man City
Group stage: Group C winners
Last 16 result: 4-0 versus Borussia Monchengladbach (A: 2-0, H: 2-0)
European Cup best: Semi-finals (2016)
Manchester City cruised into the last eight for the fourth year in a row after comfortably dispatching Borussia Monchengladbach.
For all their domestic prowess, sitting 14 points clear at the top of the Premier League, boss Pep Guardiola knows European glory remains top of the agenda as his free-scoring side chase a potential unprecedented quadruple. Last season’s disappointment of being knocked out by Lyon in a one-legged quarter-final will only fuel the desire to set the record straight.
The contenders: Liverpool
Group stage: Group D winners
Last 16 result: 4-0 versus RB Leipzig (A: 2-0, H: 2-0)
European Cup best: Winners – 6 (1977, 1978, 1981, 1984, 2005, 2019)
Despite inconsistent domestic form which has scuppered the defence of their Premier League title, Jurgen Klopp’s side have been lifted by the solid displays in seeing off RB Leipzig 2-0 in each leg to book a quarter-final place.
After the then holders were knocked out by Atletico Madrid in the last 16 a year ago, the Reds are hungry for another crack at a seventh European triumph.
Where to watch
TV channel: The draw will be broadcast live on BT Sport 1, with the draw ceremony beginning at 11am GMT.
Live stream: The Uefa website and BT Sport website will stream the draw live online, while Standard Sport will bring you all the drama on our LIVE blog and on Twitter.
Who’s in the pot?
Just eight teams remain. Here they are.
- Borussia Dortmund
- FC Porto
- Real Madrid
- Man City
- Bayern Munich
Are holder Bayern still the favourites are is it City’s to lose?
Welcome to the Evening Standard’s LIVE coverage of today’s Champions League draw.
The eight remaining teams will learn both their quarter-final opponents and, should they get there, their semi-final opponents.
It all kicks off around 11am GMT – though Uefa love to stretch these out – so stick with us.