Nyon / Switzerland - The draw for the quarter-finals of the UEFA Champions League has pitted Borussia Dortmund against tournament first-timers Malaga CF, with FC Bayern Munich taking on in-form Italian champs Juventus.

In the other two ties, Real Madrid have been paired with Galatasaray, conquerors of Schalke 04 in the last round, with fellow Spanish heavyweights FC Barcelona up against Paris Saint-Germain. The first-leg matches will be played on 2/3 April and the return fixtures a week later.

"We've pulled real top-calibre opponents, we're in for a great couple of games," said FC Bayern head coach Jupp Heynckes, whose troops will have home advantage for the first of them: "I know Juventus very well. They're the best team in Italy right now, very strong at the back and with great quality up front."

Players under no illusions


agrees. The midfield general, who missed Wednesday's 2-0 home loss to Arsenal through suspension, said, "They're an extremely good side. They play hard but they've got excellent footballers, like Pirlo, as well. Tactically, it's going to be difficult. We've come of-second-best a few times against Italian teams. They're very astute and know how to get results."

Teammate was at pains to point out that, "It's a quite different situation to the last time we met Juventus in 2009 (when Bayern knocked them out at the group stage with 4-1 win in Turin, ed.). They're a lot better now - physically strong and rock-solid at the back. It's a very tough assignment."

Cautious Dortmund


Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc meanwhile said of the prospect of facing Malaga, "It's a draw we can live with. Better than getting Barcelona, Madrid or Bayern at any rate." Not that Borussia are in any way taking their opponents lightly, with coach Jürgen Klopp pointing out, "The way they dispatched FC Porto demonstrates the immense quality in the team. And the manner in which the coaching staff and players have coped with the club's current problems is a real testament of character as well."

Skipper underscored that sentiment, while acknowledging, "We're happy with the draw and above all with the fact that the first leg's away from home. But we're well aware of what Malaga have already achieved this season and there's absolutely no chance of us underestimating opponents of their calibre in the quarter-finals of the Champions League."

The quarter-final draw in full:


Malaga CF (Spain) - Borussia Dortmund (Germany)
FC Bayern Munich (Germany) - Juventus (Italy)
Real Madrid CF (Spain) - Galatasaray AS (Turkey)
Paris Saint Germain (France) - FC Barcelona (Spain)

The final of this year's tournament will be held at London's Wembley Stadium on 25 May.