FC Barcelona to face Paris Saint-Germain in Champions League Quarter-Finals.


FC Barcelona will meet Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League Quarter-Finals next month. This tie means FC Barcelona will renew acquantinces with former player Zlatan Ibrahimović. The first leg will take place on April 2, 2013 in Paris with the return leg taking place in Barcelona on April 10, 2013.  Real Madrid were paired with Galatasaray, Juventus with FC Bayern München, and Málaga CF will play Borussia Dortmund. Meanwhile, Captain Puyol will be out of action for brief period following knee surgery.


Per UEFA's website,

Ibrahimović – scorer of 21 goals in his sole season with the Blaugrana, 2009/10 – will return to the Camp Nou for the second leg on 10 April. PSG are among Europe's elite eight clubs for the first time since 1995, when they defeated Barcelona 3-2 on aggregate at this juncture before losing to AC Milan in the semi-finals.

Barcelona's Liga rivals, nine-time European champions Madrid, were paired with Galatasaray AŞ in what will be an emotive tie for ex-Merengues players Hamit Altıntop and Wesley Sneijder. The Istanbul outfit will hope for a different outcome from that of the teams' last meeting in 2001, the last time Cimbom graced this stage. On that occasion, Madrid overturned a 3-2 first-leg deficit with a 3-0 home victory in the return.

Serie A leaders Juventus, meanwhile, will tackle 2012 runners-up FC Bayern München. The clubs last encountered one another in the group stage three seasons ago, the German side following up a goalless draw in Bavaria by triumphing 4-1 in Turin on matchday six.

Debutants Málaga CF, the first team drawn by final ambassador Steve McManaman, will play Borussia Dortmund.The draw for the semi-finals will be made in Nyon on 12 April, with the showpiece at Wembley Stadium on 25 May.

Málaga CF (ESP) v Borussia Dortmund (GER)
Real Madrid CF (ESP) v Galatasaray AŞ (TUR)
Paris Saint-Germain FC (FRA) v FC Barcelona (ESP)
FC Bayern München (GER) v Juventus (ITA)

In other news, team captain Carles Puyol underwent a minor procedure today in order to clean up his right knee. The operation was carried out by Doctors Cugat and Pruna. Puyol’s return will be determined by the progress of his recovery with unofficial reports putting his return in three weeks.