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Premier League clubs face tough schedules after UEFA draws

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The draws for the quarter-finals onwards of the UEFA cup competitions have given four Premier League clubs a sight of what is shaping up to be a busy end to the season.

Here we look at each of the clubs’ schedules in the Premier League and Europe.

Chelsea

Graham Potter‘s side have been handed a tough draw in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, against 14-time winners Real Madrid.

Chelsea’s first-leg tie will take place after a trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers, as they travel to the Santiago Bernabeu. 

They then face high-flying Brighton & Hove Albion, who beat them 4-1 in the reverse fixture, before welcoming Real to Stamford Bridge for the second leg. 

Chelsea fixtures
8 Apr Wolves (A)
11/12 Apr Real Madrid (A)
15 Apr Brighton (H)
18/19 Apr Real Madrid (H)
22 Apr Man Utd (A)*

*Likely to be moved due to Man Utd’s participation in UEL preceding Thursday

Manchester City

Pep Guardiola‘s team also face a tough tie in the UCL quarter-finals, as his Man City side take on his old club Bayern Munich.

There could also be an immediate return for Joao Cancelo, who joined Bayern on loan from City in January. 

Their first leg at home against the six-time winners of the competition comes after a trip to Southampton.

The return tie at the Allianz Arena will take place after Man City host Leicester City.

Man City fixtures
9 Apr Southampton (A)
11/12 Apr Bayern (H)
16 Apr Leicester (H)
18/19 Apr Bayern (A)
23 Apr Brighton (A)

If Chelsea and Man City both successfully navigate their quarter-final ties, they would face each other in the semi-finals, guaranteeing a Premier League club in the final for a fifth season out of the past six. Their first leg would be on 9/10 May and the second leg a week later.

They are then be scheduled to meet again a few days later in the Premier League, on the penultimate weekend of the season.

Manchester United

Man Utd will take on six-time UEFA Europa League winners Sevilla in the quarter-finals of the competition. 

The first leg at home to the Spanish side, who have on-loan Man Utd defender Alex Telles in their squad, will take place after a home encounter with Everton.

The return fixture in Spain occurs after United travel to Nottingham Forest.

Man Utd fixtures
8 Apr Everton (H)
13 Apr Sevilla (H)
15 Apr Nott’m Forest (A)*
20 Apr Sevilla (A)
22 Apr Chelsea (H)*

*Saturday fixtures likely to be moved due to Thursday’s UEL match

If they get past Sevilla, a semi-final against Juventus, featuring former players Paul Pogba and Angel Di Maria, could be on the cards.

And in the final, United may even face former manager Jose Mourinho, now at Roma, as well as ex-players Nemanja Matic and Chris Smalling.

West Ham United

The Hammers will take on Belgian side Gent in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Europa Conference League.

West Ham will face Fulham in a London derby before travelling to Belgium for the first leg. The return leg will occur after a home match against Arsenal.

West Ham fixtures
8 Apr Fulham (A)
13 Apr Gent (A)
16 Apr Arsenal (H)
20 Apr Gent (H)
22 Apr AFC Bournemouth (A)*

*Likely to move due to Thursday’s UECL tie

If West Ham win their quarter-final, they would face AZ Alkmaar or Anderlecht in the semi-finals on 11 and 18 May.

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