Champions League draw – It’s Man City vs Spurs in all-Premier League last eight tie as Man United face Barcelona and Liverpool land Porto
One Premier League club is guaranteed to be in this year’s Champions League semi finals after favourites Manchester City were drawn against Tottenham Hotspur.
Pep Guardiola’ City slayed Schalke while Spurs saw off Dortmund to reach the last eight of the competition.
Liverpool also beat German opposition to reach the quarter-finals and Jurgen Klopp’s side have been rewarded with a tie against Portuguese giants Porto.
Manchester United, meanwhile, face a tough task against Lionel Messi and Barcelona in their quest to reach the final four. If successful, they could go on to meet Liverpool for a place in this year’s final in Madrid.
Follow all the reaction to today’s exciting Champions League draw, right here.
- Draw in full11:17
A pre-draw for the semi-final has also been conducted.
The winner of Tottenham vs Manchester City will face the winner of Ajax vs Juventus.
And the winner of Barcelona vs Manchester United will face the winner of Liverpool vs Porto.
United vs Liverpool semi, anyone?11:17KEY EVENT
Draw in full
There it is, sports fans.
One all English tie as Tottenham face Manchester City.
Two European juggernauts clash as Barcelona take on Manchester United, while Liverpool have a favourable draw, on paper, against Porto.
Ajax will take on Juventus.
Draw in full
- Ajax vs Juventus
- Liverpool vs Porto
- Tottenham vs Manchester City
- Barcelona vs Manchester United
Barcelona vs Manchester United11:15
Third tie out of the hat (bowl)…
Tottenham vs Manchester City11:14
Liverpool vs Porto11:13
First out of the hat…
Ajax vs Juventus11:12
Here we go!
The balls are being swished! It’s happening!11:09
Julio Cesar in the house!
The QPR legend will help conduct the draw.11:04
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Get excited, fans of Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham.
And indeed those of Barcelona, Juventus, Ajax and Porto.
We’re almost ready to get underway with proceedings.10:30
Solskjaer: “We’re not s***”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he is not concerned after Manchester United’s first domestic defeat under him, insisting his side were not “s***” against Arsenal .
Solskjaer turned the air blue at United’s AON Training Complex today at his media conference ahead of tomorrow’s FA Cup quarter-final away to Wolves .
United’s caretaker boss gave a blunt assessment of his side’s 2-0 Premier League defeat to the Gunners, insisting he would be more worried had they played poorly and lost.
“You’re always measured on results, but we played a good game against Arsenal,” said Solskjaer.
“We’ve played so much worse and won games, and that’s the strange thing when you’re a manager.
“You can look behind the result and say that was a good performance, we didn’t get what we deserved. It’s so strange, the Arsenal one.
“We were very disappointed in the result, but we can’t look at the performance and say we were s***, because we weren’t, to be honest and blunt, we weren’t. We played well.”
United and Liverpool in the hat…
Not long now.
Mourinho hoping for Manchester derby
Jose Mourinho is hoping for an all-Manchester Champions League quarter-finals.
City joined United in the last eight of the competition as they put Schalke to the sword at the Etihad.
United looked to be heading out of the Champions League against PSG a week earlier before a stirring comeback in the French capital.
But Mourinho is only banking on two being in the semi-finals as he revealed his preferred last eight selections.
“I would like English teams to play against each other, without any kind of preference,” he told RT.
“But I would do two matches between English teams, which would mean two teams would be in the semi-finals.
Why Mourinho wants Ronaldo to avoid Messi
Jose Mourinho says he does not want Juventus to draw Barcelona in the last 16 of the Champions League – in order for Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to avoid playing each other.
The two greatest players of the modern era could be on a collision course to meet for the first time since Ronaldo’s summer move from Real Madrid to Turin.
Messi and Ronaldo faced off in plentiful Clasico matches but are now restricted to competitive meetings at Europe’s top table.
But Mourinho believes it would be a “waste” for the match to happen in the last eight.
“Two great teams that are not being successful in the Champions League for a few years, of course Juventus so much more than Barcelona,
“And led by two big players Cristiano and Messi is something I wouldn’t waste on a quarter-final, I would wait a little bit more.”
Why Ajax want Spurs
Dutch legend Arnold Muhren has ridiculed Tottenham’s chances of winning the Champions League – saying he hopes his former club Ajax get lucky by drawing Mauricio Pochettino’s men.
Muhren, who won four European trophies as a player during a glittering career that included spells with Ipswich and Manchester United , believes Spurs would be perfect fodder for the Amsterdam giants.
And Muhren reckons Ajax’s youngsters will really fancy their chances if they land a plum draw against Spurs.
He said: “I can see Ajax winning the Champions League with their talent and quality. If Ajax draw Tottenham in the quarter-final they can be straight into the semi-final and then everything is possible.”
City stuck seven past the German outfit on Tuesday night to run out 10-2 winners on aggregate.
Liverpool joined their Premier League rivals in the last eight when they beat Bayern Munich 3-1 on their own patch in the second leg following the goalless draw in the first leg at Anfield.
Barcelona, Juventus, Ajax and Porto are also in the hat for the quarter-final draw.
Here’s all you need to know about who’s playing, who’re the favourites, and when’s the draw for the next round.