Thibaut Courtois wants Real Madrid to avoid Chelsea and Manchester City in Champions League quarter- final draw


Thibaut Courtois says he wants Real Madrid to avoid Manchester City and Chelsea in the Champions League quarter final. Madrid sealed their place in Friday’s quarter-final draw with a 1-0 victory over Liverpool at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday evening.

City are through after thumping RB Leipzig 7-0 at the Etihad Stadium this week, while Chelsea are the only other Premier League side left in the competition after they knocked out Borussia Dortmund. Bayern Munich look impressive after they eliminated Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16, while Napoli delivered another brilliant performance as they ran out 3-0 winners over Eintracht Frankfurt on Wednesday.

Benfica, Inter and AC Milan are the other three sides Madrid could face in the next round of the competition. When asked who he would like Madrid to play in the Champions League quarter final, Courtois said:

‘I would like to change a bit. ‘Last year we already faced City and Chelsea, let’s see if we play other teams this year. Haaland is very good, he is one of the stars of football. ‘Last year we made it clear what character we have in the team, with comebacks, we earn respect, we show that Real Madrid is always there.’

Meanwhile, Ancelotti is targeting a place in the final against his former club AC Milan, who are through to the quarter final after knocking out Tottenham in the last 16.

‘To be honest, the ideal would be for us to meet Milan in the final in Istanbul, but there is a long way to go,’ Ancelotti told Sky Sport Italia. ‘Napoli are doing very well, they are dominating Serie A and can therefore concentrate entirely on the Champions League. ‘All the potential opponents in the quarter final are dangerous, it will be a real battle.’

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