Champions League quarter-final draw: Man Utd face Barcelona, City tackle Tottenham & Liverpool land Porto

Champions League quarter-final draw: Man Utd face Barcelona, City tackle Tottenham & Liverpool land Porto

UCL Draw

 

Red Devils must tackle Lionel Messi in the last eight, while Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus will be facing Dutch surprise package Ajax

Manchester United will face Lionel Messi and Barcelona in the quarter-finals of the Champions League quarter-finals, while Tottenham take on Premier League rivals Manchester City.

Elsewhere, Liverpool have landed Porto in the last eight and Juventus will be looking for more magic from Cristiano Ronaldo against Ajax.

There was a good chance, with four sides still in the competition, that an all-English affair would be put in place.

City and Spurs came out of the hat together and will need no introduction to one another as they prepare to lock horns in pursuit of European glory.

Pep Guardiola is looking to lead the Blues to a first Champions League crown, having previously claimed the trophy on two occasions with Barcelona.

The mercurial talents of Messi helped him to those successes and the Argentine will be looking for the fifth triumph of his remarkable career in 2019.

That quest must go through Old Trafford after seeing Barca paired with United.

With City also drawn second in their meeting with Spurs, two near neighbours cannot be at home on the same night or on back-to-back evenings.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will, therefore, welcome Messi and Co to Old Trafford before looking to finish the job and book a semi-final berth in Catalunya – with the former United striker returning to the scene of his 1999 Treble-winning exploits.

Liverpool will also be looking to reach that stage having suffered final heartache against Real Madrid last season.

The Reds overcame Bayern Munich in the last 16 and will be feeling confident heading into a two-legged tie with Porto.

Juventus, meanwhile, know that they can call upon the services of five-time winner Ronaldo.

 

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