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Liverpool to face Chelsea
Nyon (Switzerland), Mar 20 (Agencies):
Published on 21 Mar. 2009 12:48 AM IST
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Liverpool will continue their annual European rivalry with Chelsea after Friday’s Champions League quarter-final draw at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, pitted the Premier League duo against each other yet again. The draw means Rafa Benitez’s 2005 champions will face last season’s beaten finalists Chelsea for the fifth time in five seasons - four times in the knock-out stages and once in the group stage of the competition. Liverpool have won two and the Blues one of the clubs’ recent Champions League battles, but Chelsea won the last clash 4-3 on aggregate in last year’s semi-final. Benitez’s side won the 2004/05 semi-final, before the teams locked horns in the 2005/06 group stage. Liverpool then won the 2006/07 semi-final against Chelsea, who turned the tables under manager Avram Grant last term. The quarter-finals will take place on April 7-8, with the return legs the following week. Defending European champions Manchester United drew Portuguese title holders FC Porto and the match brings back memories of 2004, when then Porto boss Jose Mourinho charged up the Old Trafford touchline in delight after a 90th-minute Costinha goal took them through at the expense of the English team. Arsenal will play their first leg away to Villarreal in a repeat of the semi-final of 2006, although the Gunners played the first match at home on that occasion and went through 1-0 on aggregate after success at Highbury. Barcelona drew Bayern Munich. The quarter-finals will take place on April 7-8, with the return legs the following week.

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