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Who can Chelsea draw in Champions League quarter finals 2023? Potential teams, Premier League opponents

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Despite a disappointing domestic season to date, Chelsea’s dream of adding more European silverware remains alive in 2023. 

The Blues managed to turn around a 1-0 first leg deficit against Borussia Dortmund in the 2022/23 Champions League Round of 16 to book their place in the quarter finals. 

Graham Potter’s side managed to win the return leg at Stamford Bridge 2-0 with Kai Havertz deciding the series via a controversial penalty that was retaken after Dortmund players encroached on the first attempt, which Havertz initially failed to convert.

The Champions League will have Chelsea’s full focus for the remainder of the season and they’ll be eager to find out which team awaits them next in the competition.

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Who can Chelsea draw in Champions League quarter finals?

There are the defending champions of Italy (AC Milan), Germany (Bayern Munich), Spain (Real Madrid), and England (Manchester City) still alive in the competition, and it’s worth noting there are three Italian clubs still in the mix.

Bayern have looked like the best team in the competition, while Man City, Benfica, and Napoli all crushed their respective Round of 16 opposition. AC Milan and Inter Milan showed they can be complicated sides to play against after each eked through the Round of 16 by the minimum scoreline.

Teams in Champions League quarter finals 2023

Champions League quarter-final appearances and titles listed below are since 1992/93, when the competition was revamped and rebranded from the European Cup to the Champions League.

Country Club 2022/23 Champ. League
record (goals for / against)
Champ. League
QF apps. (last)
Champions League
titles (last)
England Chelsea 5W-2L-1D (12 GF / 5 GA) 11 (2022) 2 (2021)
England Man City 5W-0L-3D (22 GF / 3 GA) 7 (2022)
Germany Bayern Munich 8W-0L-0D (21 GF / 2 GA) 21 (2022) 3* (2020)
Italy AC Milan 4W-2L-2D (13 GF / 7 GA) 10 (2012) 3* (2007)
Italy Inter Milan 4W-2L-2D (11 GF / 7 GA) 7 (2011) 1* (2010)
Italy Napoli 7W-1L-0D (25 GF / 6 GA) 1 (—)
Portugal Benfica 6W-0L-2D (23 GF / 8 GA) 4 (2022) —*
Spain Real Madrid 6W-1L-1D (21 GF / 8 GA) 19 (2022) 8* (2022)

* = Real Madrid won six European Cup titles (1955-60, 1966), Benfica won two (1961 & 1962), Bayern three (1974-76), Inter Milan two (1964-65), and AC Milan four (1963, 1969, 1989, 1990).

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Can Chelsea draw English clubs in quarter finals?

Unlike the Round of 16 where teams from the same nation were kept apart, the quarter finals are set via a completely open draw in which any club can face another

This means Chelsea could face fellow English club Manchester City in a rematch of the 2021 final. Chelsea have previously faced fellow English clubs Liverpool (2008/09) and Manchester United (2010/11) at the quarter-final stage.

The last time two Premier League teams were drawn against each other in the Champions League quarter finals was in 2018/19 when Tottenham and Manchester City met. 

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Chelsea in Champions League quarter finals 

The Blues are no strangers to reaching the last eight of the Champions League, and below is a breakdown of their results in every quarter final since 1992/93.

Season Opponent Result on aggregate
2021/22 Real Madrid Lost 5-4 
2020/21 Porto Won 2-1
2013/14 PSG Won 3-3 on away goals
2011/12 Benfica Won 3-1
2010/11 Manchester United Lost 3-1
2008/09 Liverpool Won 7-5
2007/08 Fenerbahce Won 3-2
2006/07 Valencia Won 3-2
2004/05 Bayern Munich Won 6-5
2003/04 Arsenal Won 3-2
1999/00 Barcelona Lost 6-4

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