Champions League gets Tough as Man Utd Faces Barcelona & Tottenham to face Man City in Champions League quarter-finals
As the race for the finals of the European Champions League
gets tougher, Manchester United is set to host La Liga table topper, Barcelona
in the quarterfinals round of eight.
Tottenham and Manchester City will also face each other in
the Champions League quarter-finals.
The first legs of the quarter-final ties will take place on
April 9 and 10, with the second legs coming a week later on April 16 and 17.
In the other two ties, last season’s finalists Liverpool
were drawn against Porto, while Real Madrid’s conquerors Ajax will face
Juventus in a rematch of the 1973 and 1996 finals.
United and Barcelona have met twice in the final, in 2009
and 2011, with the Catalan giants winning on both occasions.
The draw means a return to Nou Camp for United caretaker boss
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who scored a stoppage-time winner in United’s Champions
League final win over Bayern Munich in 1999.
Although Barcelona were initially drawn to be at home in the
first leg, the tie will take place at Old Trafford to accommodate neighbours
UEFA said ahead of the draw: “Manchester City and
Manchester United will not be able to play at home on the same night, nor on
consecutive nights following a decision made by the relevant local authorities.
“Therefore, should both clubs be drawn at home in the
same week, the team having finished lower in the domestic league the previous
season – in this case Manchester United – will be reversed in accordance with
the UEFA Club Competitions Committee principles.”
Spurs will travel to the Etihad Stadium in the Premier
League on April 20, meaning the two sides will play three times in the space of
10 or 11 days.
Liverpool’s quarter-final against Porto will be a repeat of
last year’s last-16 tie which Jurgen Klopp’s side won 5-0 on aggregate.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp told the club’s official
website: “What can I say? It’s Porto and we’ve played there already and we
know how good we had to be last year.
“The result in the end was a strange one; it was very
good for us, of course, but it was a strange one. In the second leg, we saw the
character of Porto and the quality they have.
“I could not be further away from thinking it’s the
best draw because it isn’t – it is just the draw, it’s the opponent we have to
prepare for and that’s all we will be thinking about from when we start
preparing for the game.”
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