Who Drew Who?

The Champions league quarter-final draw took place this morning, the results pave way for dramatic and exciting final 8 fixtures.

 

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Barcelona v Manchester United

Wednesday, April 10th (3pm)

The two sides met at Wembley in the 2011 Champions League Final where Barca bettered their opponents 3-1.

The experienced Lionel Messi takes on youngster Marcus Rashford, whilst Marc-André ter Stegen counterparts one of the world’s best goalkeepers in David de Gea.

A lot of people expect it to be a victory for the La Liga giants, but can Ole Gunnar Solskjær and his Red Devils shock the world like they did against PSG?

Whoever is victorious will meet the winners of Liverpool and FC Porto in the semi-finals.

 

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Liverpool v FC Porto 

Tuesday, April 9th (3pm)

The Premier League’s Liverpool will take on Portuguese side FC Porto.

The two sides met last season where a 5-0 victory in the first leg of their semi-final at Porto secured the path to the Final for the Reds

Alisson faces the likes of Alex Telle and Moussa Marega, whilst Iker Cassilas will likely go up against Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Co.

Pepe will miss the first leg for Porto after picking up a yellow in their Round of 16 clash with Roma. He will return for the second leg in Portugal on Wednesday, April 17th.

Whoever is victorious will meet the winners of the QF between Barcelona and Manchester United in the semi-finals.

 

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Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City 

Tuesday, April 9th (3pm)

We have ourselves a Premier League face off in this Champions League quarter-final, as Tottenham take on Man City.

Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Dele Alli will face Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and potentially Kevin de Bruyne, if he’s fit in time (hamstring).

This could be the most exciting fixture of the quarter-finals with both sides reaching for the Champions League AND Premier League trophies, the two-legged matchup could come down to which manager plays it best tactically.

City won 1-0 in their Premier League meeting back in October.

The two sides play each other three times in the space of 13 days, with their second league meeting of the season set for Saturday, April 20, and the second leg in Manchester on Wednesday, April 17.

The winners will play the victors of Ajax and Juventus.

 

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Ajax v Juventus 

Wednesday, April 10th (3pm)

Shares in the seven time Serie A Champions jumped at the news of who their quarter-final opponents would be. They are on course for their best week since the news of Cristiano Ronaldo‘s arrival back in the summer of 2018.

Ajax knocked Ronaldo‘s former club, and back-to-back champions, Real Madrid out of the competition in the last round with a shock 5-3 aggregate victory. Fans of the Dutch side are hoping lightning does strike the same place twice.

Whilst the Eredivisie side are the underdogs, don’t count them out just yet, with their 4-1 second-leg thrashing of the reigning champions they announced themselves to the world, so much so that Bayern Munich have enquired about signing midfielder Hakim Ziyec.

Their side is full of young, talented players who have the energy, strength and youth to put on a serious attacking force and stay in step with the Italian side.

Juve were last in the Champions League final in 1996, they beat Ajax on penalties.

The winners of this fixture will take on either Tottenham on Man City in the semi-finals.

 

ALL TIMES U.S. EASTERN

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