Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Champions League quarter-final draw

Champions League quarter-final draw

The draw takes place on Friday.

Mourinho knows from firsthand experience how emotional all-Premier League encounters in Europe can be, having overseen several titanic clashes against Liverpool in the Champions League during his first stint as Chelsea manager, including the semi-finals in 2005 and 2007 respectively.

Manchester United will have to reverse their Champions League quarter-final and play away if Manchester City are drawn at home at the same time amid safety fears.

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It was also a display of muscle-flexing by City, Liverpool and Spurs that will have been noted by the likes of Barcelona and Juventus, the two continental heavyweights most likely to stand in the way of an English triumph in the final in Madrid on June 1.

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Two English sides met in last season's Champions League, of course, when Liverpool eliminated Manchester City in the quarter-final stage.

All the four Premier League teams competing in the Champions League this season have made it to the quarter-finals.

Mourinho's former clubs also include Porto and Real Madrid, who were knocked out in stunning fashion by Ajax in the round of 16.

"My second choice would be not by tactical or emotional reasons but by what I think would be fantastic extra motivation", said the 56-year-old. And he would like to see Porto face Ajax in the quarters to guarantee that one of the lesser-fancied sides stays in.

The Premier League might be awakening again as a European force, but Ronaldo and Messi remain the kings of the competition and they should strike fear into the hearts of every English club still dreaming of winning this year's Champions League. At this point of the competition teams from the same country can now face each other.

Former Blaugrana coach Pep Guardiola's team are one of the favourites to win the title and Manchester City have the quality between the four lines, as well as on the bench, to reach the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano final.

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