Man Utd, Barcelona, Arsenal & more learn quarter-final & semi-final fate

Rex Christensen
March 15, 2019

United had won the title the previous season, with City in third, but both clubs dropped into the Europa League from the Champions League group stage.

The biggest result was Ajax seeing off defending champions Real Madrid in incredible fashion at the Santiago Bernabeu.

"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.

Both Manchester clubs progressed to the last eight of the competition, but UEFA regulations do not allow two teams in the same city to play on the same day, nor on consecutive nights.

United finished as runners up in the Premier League in 2017-2018, 19 points behind champions City.

Liverpool's challenge for a Champions League-Premier League double sees them come up against FC Porto, with the first leg to be played at Anfield.

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With Bayern Munich getting knocked out, Germany don't have a quarterfinal representative for the first time since 2005-06. Barcelona players apparently want Manchester United or Porto in the next round of the Champions League .

"But I would do two matches between English teams, which would mean two teams would be in the semi-finals".

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.

In Liverpool's next appearance at this stage of the competition they edged out Juventus, then Chelsea in the semi-finals, before THAT famous comeback victory over AC Milan in the 2004/05 Final.

But Mourinho admitted that the prospect of a Barcelona versus Juventus quarterfinal tie - and a mouthwatering match-up of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo - would deprive the competition of what would be a special semi-final or final later down the line.

Messi, whose brilliance was key to Guardiola's two Champions League triumphs with Barcelona, is just as risky as Ronaldo and it will be intriguing to see whether any of England's four clubs can find a way to overcome the game's two modern greats.

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