In the Champions League quarterfinal draw simulator, the Italian superpowers Man City and Chelsea were paired up.
Inter Milan will face Serie A champion Napoli in a simulated Champions League quarterfinal 2023, while Manchester City will face Chelsea.
The draw for the quarterfinals of Europe’s top competition will take place on Friday, March 17, at 11 a.m. GMT, at the House of European Football in Nyon, Switzerland.
The two semi-final matches will be drawn next, followed by a third draw to determine which side of the draw will produce the “home team” for the final, which will be held in Istanbul.
Furthermore, starting in the quarterfinal round, teams from the same country can play each other, and teams that competed against each other in the group stage can be paired as well.
With this in mind, we decided to run the draw through a simulator, which resulted in some tasty ties.
Chelsea will play Manchester City.
City and Chelsea are pitted against each other as the Premier League’s representatives in the Champions League quarterfinals in our simulation.
City advanced to the quarterfinals of the competition after crushing RB Leipzig 7-0 in the second leg of their round of 16 match.
Erling Haaland did, in fact, score five goals, tying Lionel Messi’s record for most goals scored in a single Champions League match and assisting City to an 8-1 victory over the Bundesliga team.
Meanwhile, Chelsea defeated Borussia Dortmund 2-0 at Stamford Bridge to erase a 1-0 first-leg deficit, taking some of the pressure off Graham Potter.
Given the positions of these two teams in the Premier League, with City in second and Chelsea languishing in tenth, it would be a favorable draw for Pep Guardiola’s team, who many bookmakers have as the favorites to win the competition.
Napoli will play Inter Milan.
Three Italian clubs have advanced to the tournament’s round of eight for the first time since 2006, and two of them have been drawn against each other in our simulator.
Inter Milan advanced to the Champions League quarterfinals for the first time since 2011, defeating Porto 1-0 on aggregate.
And Napoli, the current Serie A leader, is their opponent in our accumulator. Luciano Spalletti’s team advanced to the competition’s quarterfinals with a 5-0 aggregate victory over Eintracht Frankfurt.
Real Madrid will play Bayern Munich.
Real Madrid, the current Champions League champions, defeated Liverpool for the third year in a row to advance to the quarterfinals.
Despite a poor La Liga performance, Los Blancos defeated Jurgen Klopp’s team 6-2 overall, and they will be many people’s favorite to win the tournament as a whole.
The computer chose them to face Bayern Munich, a team that defeated PSG 3-0 on aggregate in the last-16 and is a dominant force in the Bundesliga.
AC Milan takes on Benfica.
After defeating a lackluster Tottenham Hotspur over two legs, our simulation has assigned AC Milan a two-leg matchup against Benfica.
The Portuguese powerhouses defeated Club Brugge 7-1 overall to advance to the tournament’s final eight.