Players And Manager React To UEFA CL Quarter-Final Draw

Players And Manager React To UEFA CL Quarter-Final Draw

After the tensions and pressure surrounding the draw for the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals had calmed, players and managers of teams involved reacted to the draw.  

There are sure to be joyous moments when the quarter-finals are played but the draws brought some of Europe's biggest teams together. PSG will face Barcelona, Atletico Madrid will face Real Madrid, Juventus will face Monaco while Porto face the daunting task of eliminating Bayern Munich.

Ahead of the draw Anthony Martial the Monaco forward said: “I’d like Real Madrid. Everyone has their own wish. João Moutinho, for example, would like Porto, his former side. I’d like to challenge the biggest club in the world.”

Marco Verratti the PSG midfielder also commented ahead of the draw: "At this stage of the competition it wouldn't bother me to face one of the favourites: Bayern, Real or Barça." quoted Manuel Neuer the Bayern goalkeeper as saying : "The atmosphere in Porto is very heated. I witnessed the Porto fans during the 2004 Champions League final against Monaco. The atmosphere was amazing. With these fans it won't be easy for us, but we have played in many different stadiums with varying atmospheres and we will know what to expect."

Emilio Butragueño, the director of institutional relations at Real Madrid appreciated their opponent's abilities saying: “Atlético are a competitive side and we have faced each other a lot this season and know each other well. They're a side who know how to compete, they let in few goals, are good from dead balls and get the best out of each situation. We will see if we can beat them and come back for the draw for the semi-finals."

"Juventus are among the biggest sides. They are the favourites. We're lucky to have the second leg at home. We'll try to make the most of this quarter-final," said Leonardo Jardim the Monaco coach who led his team to victory against Arsenal in the round of 16 said about Juventus.

Josep Guardiola the Bayern coach remained upbeat about his side's chances of defeating Porto: "The draw is the draw. All teams have a special quality. Porto and Shakhtar were in the same group, so we have already watched a few of their matches. Porto have a great team and a beautiful stadium. They are very strong physically and attack with a lot of pace, but in the quarter-finals you can't expect an easy match."

Other reactions from players and managers include: 

The draw was held in Nyon, Switzerland. Who will lift the trophy on June 6, 2015, in Berlin, Germany?


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