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Last Updated: Friday, 12 March, 2004, 11:43 GMT
English clubs to meet
Chelsea will meet Arsenal in the quarter-finals of the Champions League
Porto v Lyon
Real Madrid v Monaco
Chelsea v Arsenal
AC Milan v Deportivo

Chelsea or Arsenal v
Real Madrid or Monaco
Porto or Lyon v
AC Milan or Deportivo
Chelsea will meet London rivals Arsenal in the Champions League quarter-finals.

The English giants were paired in the draw for the last eight, held at Uefa headquarters in Switzerland on Friday.

Whoever progresses from the all-English quarter-final will have to face the winners of Real Madrid's quarter-final against Monaco.

The first legs of the quarter-finals will be played on either 23 or 24 March, with the second legs on either 6 or 7 April.

Both teams admitted to being disappointed at the draw.

Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein said: "One of the joys of playing in Europe is playing teams from overseas - and having played Chelsea three times, it is a bit anti-climactic.


"But we have to remember we have never progressed beyond the quarter-finals. The last time we got that far was 2001, and we have got to do better than that.

"There is a great spirit in the team, and they are playing some pretty football - and I hope it lasts."

Chelsea secretary David Barnard agreed: "It is a bit of an anti-climax. We've no opportunity to use our passports again, but it gives us the opportunity to put right the previous results against them this season.

"I think it will be an historic game. Neither club has got further than the quarter-finals.

AC Milan: 11/4
Real Madrid: 3/1
Arsenal: 7/2
Deportivo: 6/1
Chelsea: 7/1
Porto: 9/1
Lyon: 14/1
Monaco: 25/1
Odds supplied by Ladbrokes

"We've not got the challenge of foreign opponents and we know each other back to front. We know enough about them."

Uefa held a minute's silence for the victims of this week's bombings in Madrid prior to the draw.

Chelsea against Arsenal will be the first all-English tie since the European Cup became the Champions League.

The west Londoners' recent record against the Gunners is poor - having failed to win in the last 16 games between the two neighbours.

There is also a bonus for Arsenal in that Dennis Bergkamp will be available if fit - the Dutchman would not have been able to play any of the other teams in the hat as he refuses to fly.

A quarter-final against Real Madrid would bring England captain David Beckham back to his own country, and his native city, for the first time with his new club.

Beckham has England team-mates in both Arsenal and Chelsea's squads.

Monaco, meanwhile, would provide Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger with a tie against his former club while the Monte Carlo club's manager is the former Chelsea player Didier Deschamps.

The semi-finals will be played on 20/21 April and 4/5 May.

Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri
"We are the underdogs and have nothing to lose"

Arsenal vice-chairman David Dein
"They will be two great games"

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