The Champions League quarter-finals are upon us. Europe's elite clubs have been whittled down to a tasty looking final eight in a round of matches that are sure to thrill from the moment the tournament's famous anthem blasts out.
In preparation for the first whistle, let's take a look at the television and live stream information for each tie, as well as the most interesting stats.
|Champions League 2014: Quarter-Final Matches|
|Team||vs.||Team||First leg||TV Info|
|Barcelona||vs.||Atletico Madrid||April 1, 2014||Sky Sports 1|
|Manchester United||vs.||Bayern Munich||April 1, 2014||ITV|
|Paris Saint-Germain||vs.||Chelsea||April 2, 2014||Sky Sports 1|
|Real Madrid||vs.||Borussia Dortmund||April 2, 2014||Sky Sports 4, Sky 1|
Any match being played live on Sky Sports or Sky One can also be watched via the Sky Go app or website. Manchester United's tie with Bayern Munich is also available to stream both on the ITV Player app or directly from the channel's website. Be sure to check LiveOnSat for international listings and streams.
Top Stats Heading into the Quarter-Finals
The arrival of the Champions League quarter-finals, combined with the internet age, means we are never too far away from an intriguing array of stats. First up, Barcelona host Spanish rivals Atletico Madrid in a clash of La Liga's top two, while United face a terrifying task to stop the Bayern behemoth rolling at Old Trafford.
Let's stick with the Red Devils' task first. Both teams are famed for their attacking prowess—despite United's recent fall from grace—but both have been consistently thwarted by the woodwork, as tweeted by WhoScored.com:
Bayern's affinity for creating chances may have something to do with their love for the post and crossbar, as noted by OptaJean:
Football 365 and Sky Sports contributor Daniel Storey compared the two teams' recent run of results; ominous reading if you're a United fan:
Atletico will need to ensure Barcelona don't rack up the goals during their first-leg meet at the Camp Nou. OptaJose highlights why Diego Simeone's men are best prepared to take on Lionel Messi and friends:
OptaJean added to the suggestion Atletico are in with a real shot across two legs, highlighting their previous heroics against La Blaugrana:
Incredibly, continuous record-breaker Messi just needs one goal to reach 350 for Barca, reported by MESSISTATS:
Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea enjoyed a Twitter back-and-forth in the build-up to their Parc des Princes clash, with both official accounts trying to outdo the other:
Borussia Dortmund must halt the might of Cristiano Ronaldo before they can think about heading into the semi-finals. The Portuguese star has scored 13 goals in seven Champions League games this season, two more than Dortmund managed in six group stage matches and more than double Robert Lewandowski's club high of six, as reported by WhoScored.
It's stats like these that can make a huge difference to the mentality of each team at this stage of the campaign. Individuals such as Ronaldo and Messi are expected to lead at all times, but if their opponents can shut them out, it's a massive step toward a memorable upset.
A plethora of new stats will be thrown up after the quarter-final first legs. Will United break the record for crosses into the Bayern box, or will they concede 94 percent possession? Will Messi or Ronaldo break the next record in this year's tournament? Best tune in to find out.