As the Champions League quarter-finals draw unfolds, anticipation rises with defending champions Manchester City slated to renew their rivalry against Real Madrid.

Defending champions Manchester City are set to face Real Madrid, the record 14-time winners, in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. This marks their third consecutive encounter in the competition. Arsenal will take on Bayern Munich led by Harry Kane, while Paris Saint-Germain clashes with Barcelona and Atletico Madrid squares off against Borussia Dortmund in the other matchups.

The first leg between Manchester City and Real Madrid will be held in the Spanish capital on April 9 or 10, with the return leg in Manchester a week later. City famously triumphed over Madrid last season in the semi-finals en route to clinching their maiden Champions League title.

Arsenal’s reward for qualifying for the quarter-finals for the first time since 2010 is a face-off against Bayern Munich, where former Tottenham Hotspur star Harry Kane will make a return to London.

There’s a tantalizing prospect of an all-English semi-final, as the winners of the Arsenal-Bayern tie could potentially meet either Manchester City or Real Madrid in the last four.

The PSG-Barcelona clash promises to be a riveting encounter, continuing their storied rivalry. PSG, aiming for their first Champions League title, will be eager to make a statement in their final season with Kylian Mbappe before his contract expires in June.

Atletico Madrid will host Borussia Dortmund in the first leg, with the winner potentially facing PSG or Barcelona in the semi-finals.

The Champions League final is scheduled to take place at Wembley in London on June 1.

With AFP