The cream of Europe’s footballing crop contest the quarter-finals of the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League during the first two weeks of April.
There maybe no British representation in the last eight of the competition for the first time since 1996, but there will certainly be plenty to look forward to with all eight games from the quarter-final stages live on ITV and Sky Sports.
Eight of the biggest names in European football, including Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Juventus and Real Madrid, are still in the hunt to lift the famous trophy at Wembley in May.
The remaining teams in this season’s competition have won a combined total of more than 15 European Cups between them and possess more than enough quality to seriously trouble anyone they’ve been drawn against.
ITV have chosen to screen Paris Saint-Germain’s home quarter-final first leg against Barcelona and Real Madrid’s second leg trip to Istanbul to face Galatasaray.
On April 2, ITV will be live at the Parc des Princes to see tournament favourites Barcelona face one of their old boys, as Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s PSG welcome the Catalans to Paris.
A week later on April 9, ITV cameras will be in Istanbul at the Turk Telekom Arena to see if a Didier Drogba-inspired Galatasaray can see off Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid.
The remaining six ties will be shown exclusively live on Sky Sports, including both legs of the mouth-watering clash between last season’s runners-up Bayern Munich against Italian giants Juventus.
The first legs of the quarter-finals will be played on April 2/3 with the return matches on April 9/10.
Full details of when and where to watch the Quarter Finals below:
The atmosphere at the Ali Sami Yen Stadium in Istanbul is sure to be intense as Galatasaray play host to Real Madrid in their second leg clash.
Real hold a big advantage going into the second leg having gained a 3-0 lead from the opener thanks to goals from Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain, leaving the odds stacked against the hosts.
The Spanish giants are the most decorated club in the history of the European Cup and its successor while Galatasaray have never lifted the prestigious trophy.
Ronaldo will be the main threat for Real Madrid while Galatasaray will pin their hopes on Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder, two players who starred under Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho when he worked at Chelsea and Inter Milan.
ITV has exclusive live coverage from Turkey, presented by Adrian Chiles with studio guests Roy Keane, Lee Dixon and Gareth Southgate.
Match commentary comes from Clive Tyldesley and Andy Townsend, plus pitchside reports from Gabriel Clarke.
There was nothing to separate Borussia Dortmund and Malaga when they met at the Estadio La Rosaleda last week in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie.
Dortmund have an exemplary record on home soil so far in this season’s competition, registering victories over Ajax, Manchester City and Real Madrid during the group stage.
They also beat Shakhtar Donetsk 3-0 to help clinch a 5-2 aggregate win and progress to this round.
Their opponents have surprised many pundits in reaching this stage despite their off-field financial concerns, but have only managed one win on their travels, having defeated Anderlecht 3-0 in a Group C contest.
However, a score draw would be enough to see the Spaniards through on the away goals rule.
Jeff Stelling introduces live coverage of this quarter-final second leg encounter from the Signal Iduna Park on Sky Sports 1 HD from 7.00pm.
Paris Saint-Germain face the toughest test of all as they travel to Barcelona on Wednesday knowing that any victory would be enough to book their spot in the semi-finals.
The two sides played out a 2-2 draw in the first leg of their quarter-final clash last month, but Barcelona will be confident of advancing into the next round having won each of their last six Champions League quarter-finals.
The home side enter the match off the back of a thumping 5-0 win over Mallorca at the weekend, while PSG also continued their pursuit of the Ligue 1 title with a 2-0 win over Rennes, making it three wins from their last four league matches.
Lionel Messi is not expected to recover in time to start the match, but could be named on the bench by boss Tito Vilanova. His spot in the team should go to Cesc Fabregas, fresh off the back of a hat trick against Mallorca at the weekend.
PSG boss Carlo Ancelotti, meanwhile, is expected to recall Marco Verratti at the expense of David Beckham, but Maxwell should continue at left-back, with Mamadou Sakho having to make do with a place on the bench.
PSG claimed a 3-2 aggregate victory when these teams last met in the knockout stage during the 1994/95 campaign.
Barca will be favourites to progress to the last four this time around given their excellent home form this season, which saw them defeat AC Milan 4-0 in the previous round, overturning a 2-0 first-leg deficit.
Jeff Stelling presents all the live action from the Nou Camp from 7.00pm on Sky Sports 2 HD.
When Bayern Munich and Juventus were paired together during the draw earlier this month, many tipped this quarter-final tie to be the one to watch out for.
As it stands, both of these teams hold comfortable advantages at the top of their respective leagues.
Bayern Munich lead the Bundesliga by a massive 20 points while Juventus are nine points in front of Napoli at the Serie A summit.
It’s Bayern that head into this encounter as the favourites to progress through to their third semi-final in four years, despite the fact that they are playing the home leg first.
The Italian side trail 2-0 on aggregate following a 2-0 defeat in the first leg at the Allianz Arena.
When Juve last played host to Bayern in this competition they were beaten 4-1 in a group stage match at the Stadio Olimpico di Torino in the 2009/10 campaign, and will certainly hope to avoid a similar result on this occasion.
Ben Shephard presents live coverage of this second leg encounter on Sky Sports 4 HD from 7.30pm.
Tuesday 2nd April Paris Saint-Germain v Barcelona – Quarter Final, 1st Leg Kick-off: 19:45 | LIVE: 7.30pm-10.00pm – ITV Bayern Munich v Juventus – Quarter Final, 1st Leg Kick-off: 19:45 | LIVE: 7.00pm-10.15pm – Sky Sports 2 UEFA Champions League Extra Time – Highlights 11.35pm-12.05am – ITV Wednesday 3rd April Real Madrid v Galatasaray – Quarter Final, 1st Leg Kick-off: 19:45 | LIVE: 7.00pm-10.15pm – Sky Sports 2 Malaga v Borussia Dortmund – Quarter Final, 1st leg Kick-off: 19:45 | LIVE: 7.30pm-10.00pm – Sky Sports 4 Tuesday 9th April Galatasaray v Real Madrid – Quarter Final, 2nd Leg Kick-off: 19:45 | LIVE: 7.30pm-10.00pm – ITV Borussia Dortmund v Malaga – Quarter Final, 2nd Leg Kick-off: 19:45 | LIVE: 7.00pm-10.15pm – Sky Sports 1 UEFA Champions League Extra Time – Highlights 10.35pm-11.35pm – ITV Wednesday 10th April Barcelona v Paris Saint-Germain – Quarter Final, 2nd Leg Kick-off: 19:45 | LIVE: 7.00pm-10.15pm – Sky Sports 2
Juventus v Bayern Munich – Quarter Final, 2nd leg Kick-off: 19:45 | LIVE: 7.30pm-10.00pm – Sky Sports 4
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