Expectedly, two EPL sides would meet in the quarter finals of the Champions League, as the draws were made Friday afternoon. It is an all-English affair between Man City and Tottenham, while Juventus and Barcelona have been kept apart potentially until the final, meaning Messi and Ronaldo could meet in Madrid on June 1.
The draws are:
TOTTENHAM VS MANCHESTER CITY
An all-English affair between two teams seeking their first ever title at this level.
Pep Guardiola is a man who knows what it takes to get his hands on the coveted trophy, having done so as a player and manager with Barcelona.
His team are again flying high in the Premier League and destroyed Schalke 10-3 on aggregate in the last 16.
Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs, meanwhile, have stumbled in the league in recent weeks but put that behond them with a confident 4-0 aggregate win over Borussia Dortmund in the last 16.
City will be favorites, but not by much.
MANCHESTER UNITED VS BARCELONA
Barcelona have been United’s nemesis in the competion in recent seasons, beating them in the final in 2009 and 2011.
The Catalans are looking to add to their five titles in Europe’s top club competition, while United are seeking a third triumph.
AJAX VS JUVENTUS
A meeting of two teams that contested the 1996 final, which Juventus won on penalties.
That was the last time the Old Lady tasted European glory, having since lost five finals.
But this time they have serial winner Cristiano Ronaldo in their ranks, the competitions all-time top-scorer on 124 goals in 160 games.
LIVERPOOL VS PORTO
Last year’s beaten finalists will be pleased with the draw, given that Porto are among the lesser-fancied teams left.
The pair met at the last 16 stage last season, with Liverpool winning 5-0 on aggregate after a demolition job in Portugal.
After the last 8 was done, we also have an idea how the the semi-finals will be:
TOTTENHAM/MAN CITY VS AJAX/JUVENTUS
MAN UTD/BARCA VS LIVERPOOL/PORTO