With the draw for the 2014 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals in the books, the eight teams still vying for Europe's greatest prize now know which opponents they'll have to face next.
UEFA's Kevin Ashby gives us the full draw:
As expected, Twitter was quick to react to the draw, with most of the attention going to the tie between Manchester United and Bayern Munich.
The defending champions have been on a roll all season, and with the Red Devils limping through a disappointing 2013-14 campaign, this was exactly the draw David Moyes was hoping to avoid.
TalkSPORT couldn't help but take a shot at the beleaguered coach:
BeIN Sports' Tancredi Palmeri seemed to pity the United manager:
David Moyes is that neighbor washing his car and getting rain few hours later— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) March 21, 2014
OptaJoe shared this interesting statistic, pointing out that history isn't on the side of the English champions:
1 - Since the 1999 CL final, Man Utd have won just one of their six Champions League encounters with Bayern Munich (W1 D2 L3). Background.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) March 21, 2014
The Daily Mirror's Oliver Holt thinks United have little chance of emerging victorious from this tie:
Toughest possible draw for Manchester United. Would have to raise their game to a level they have not got near this season to have a chance— Oliver Holt (@OllieHolt22) March 21, 2014
The Sport Bible was less subtle:
Live photos of Bayern Munich celebrating the Champions League draw. pic.twitter.com/Sykh7n8DPY— TheSPORTBible (@TSBible) March 21, 2014
Chelsea were drawn against French champions Paris Saint-Germain and both teams will face each other for the first time in almost 10 years.
The Daily Mirror's Oliver Holt believes in the Blues' chances:
Fancy Chelsea to beat PSG, though. Think they've got quality and mental toughness to do it. JT v Ibrahimovic could be the crucial match-up— Oliver Holt (@OllieHolt22) March 21, 2014
According to the UCL's official Twitter account, PSG manager Laurent Blanc thought the draw was "beautiful":
Jean-Claude Blanc, @PSG_inside exec: It's the English leaders against Paris, the leaders in France. It'll be a very beautiful quarter-final.— Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) March 21, 2014
Goal.com's Robin Bairner thinks PSG have the advantage going into this tie:
Tim Lovejoy couldn't help but notice both teams have something in common:
I'm sure everyone will want Chelsea to beat PSG and show money bags owners can't buy success. True? :)— Tim Lóvejøy (@timlovejoy) March 21, 2014
Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have already played each other three times this year, with no winner able to emerge in any of the matches.
The first leg will mark a very special occasion for the Blaugrana, as indicated by Infostrada Sports:
FC Barcelona's first leg against Atlético will be their 500th match in a European competition. Barça is 1st club to reach that milestone.— Infostrada Sports (@InfostradaLive) March 21, 2014
Barcelona are one of the highest-scoring teams in all of football, but Guillem Balague says the Atleti match up well with Barca's vaunted attack:
Barcelona, in three games, have only managed to score one goal against Atletico this season in three draws (2 in the Supercup, 1 league)— Guillem Balague (@GuillemBalague) March 21, 2014
Real Madrid TV's Phil Kitromilides thinks a bout between these two Spanish heavyweights might benefit another team the most:
Can't help but think Barcelona playing Atletico in the champions league will help Real Madrid in the title race...— Phil Kitromilides (@PhilKitro) March 21, 2014
Speaking of Real Madrid, the Spanish league leaders will be out for revenge, as they'll take on Borussia Dortmund in a rematch of last year's semi-final.
As shared by Balls.ie, this year's version of the squad coached by Jurgen Klopp is slightly different from the one who beat Real last season:
Cristiano Ronaldo is already excited for the match:
Real Madrid will face Borussia Dortmund on the quarterfinals of Champions League. Let’s go team! http://t.co/z7QQbgTcV3— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) March 21, 2014
Bleacher Report's Jack Rathborn thinks Dortmund might be starting to get in Real's head a bit by now:
Are Dortmund going to be the new Lyon for Real? Bogey team, should get to semi-finals, but BVB will be quietly confident I'd imagine— Jack Rathborn (@jackrathborn) March 21, 2014
All in all, there isn't one missable quarter-final tie, summed up best by the few words of United coach Phil Neville, who thinks fans were the big winners of this draw:
Great draw #excited— phil neville18 (@fizzer18) March 21, 2014
The quarter-finals will start on Tuesday, April 1 with Bayern Munich travelling to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United and Barcelona playing host to Atletico Madrid.