Champions League quarter-final draw: Four talking points

Sports Mole picks out a talking point from each of the four Champions League quarter-final ties following yesterday's draw.

Yesterday afternoon, Luis Figo made the draw for the quarter-finals of this season's Champions League.

The four matches have thrown up a host of talking points, but Sports Mole has whittled it down to one from each tie. Find out what we are highly anticipating below.

1. Ibrahimovic, Mourinho reunion
Paris Saint-Germain talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic has made little secret of his dislike for Pep Guardiola, but he has also been equally as forthcoming with his admiration for Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.

In his autobiography, the Swede wrote: "He's the leader of his army. But he cares, too. He would text me all the time at Inter, wondering how I was doing. He's the exact opposite of Pep Guardiola. If Mourinho lights up a room, Guardiola draws the curtains. I guessed that Guardiola was trying to match up to him. Mourinho would become a guy I was basically willing to die for."

During their one season at the San Siro together, Ibrahimovic scored 29 goals during his 47 outings in all competitions. John Terry and Gary Cahill have earned a number of plaudits for their stubborn performances this term, but they will have faced few frontmen of the 32-year-old's ability.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Jose Mourinho attend an Inter Milan training session on July 21, 2009.© Getty Images

2. United need 1999 spirit
He put a brave face on it during yesterday's press conference, but Manchester United manager David Moyes will have been bitterly disappointed when Figo paired his club with holders Bayern Munich. In truth, it could not have been worse for Moyes's men.

United have been defeated in their previous two Champions League knockout ties against the German club, but Moyes may well remind his squad of what occurred back in 1999 when these two sides met. Not that Ryan Giggs will need his memory shaken. The veteran midfielder played at the Camp Nou when trailing 1-0, stoppage-time goals from Teddy Sheringham and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sealed the trophy for United.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer celebrates scoring the winning goal in the Champions League final for Manchester United on May 26, 1999.© Getty Images

3. Villa to haunt Barca?
During Barcelona's 2011 Champions League success, David Villa was a key component, scoring in the Wembley final against Man United. However, a broken leg suffered at that year's World Club Cup hampered the attacker, who found himself surplus to requirements at the Catalan club.

Atletico Madrid will be believe that Barca's loss is their gain, though. He signed on at the Vicente Calderon in July last year and has ably assisted the free-scoring Diego Costa, while also weighing in with a respectable 13 goals himself.

He didn't score when the two sides met in La Liga back in January, but the quarter-final draw has provided the 32-year-old with two further opportunities to show his former club what they are missing.

Atletico Madrid's David Villa celebrates after scoring his team's opening goal against Almeria on September 14, 2013© Getty Images

4. Real aiming for revenge
When Real Madrid and Barcelona were drawn against Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich respectively in last season's semi-finals, there were a number of people who had tipped the Spaniard giants to prosper at the expense of their German counterparts. As it transpired, it was the Bundesliga duo who advanced through to the showpiece event at Wembley.

Where Madrid were concerned, they were defeated by a Robert Lewandowski-inspired Dortmund 4-1 inside the atmospheric Westfalenstadion and although they won the return meeting at the Bernabeu 2-0, Jurgen Klopp's side came out on top 4-3 on aggregate.

What a difference a season makes, though. Dortmund are still capable of scoring goals, but they've often failed to live up to the standards that they set last term. What could hurt them greatly is the fact that Polish centre-forward Lewandowski is suspended for the first leg.

Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski celebrates scoring his fourth goal against Real Madrid on April 29, 2013.© Getty Images

A general shot of the Champions League trophy.
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