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Mourinho sees Premier League pairings as ideal Champions League quarter-final line-up

15 March, 2019, 14:08 | Author: Tommie Newton
  • Man Utd could have Champions League fixtures reversed - UEFA

Everything inevitably comes to an end at some point but if an English team is to win the Champions League this season, they are likely to have to beat a team containing Messi or Ronaldo, or defeat both, in order to claim the trophy.

Liverpool reached the final of the Champions League last season before losing 3-1 to Real Madrid in Kiev.

There are a quartet of English teams in the hat for the last eight - the first such situation since 2009 - with the Fab Four of Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham all qualifying.

UEFA said that the same rule would apply should both teams advance to the semi-finals.

The Reds booked their berth in the quarter-finals of the Champions League with a convincing 3-1 win over Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena on Wednesday.

UEFA has confirmed that Manchester United's Champions League quarterfinal tie could be reversed if they are drawn at home in the same matchweek as Manchester City.

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Elsewhere, he said a meeting between the unfancied pair of Porto and Ajax would be a welcome story for the clubs and their respective countries as one of them would at least be guaranteed a semi-final spot.

In this season's quarter-finals they eliminated Bayern Munich, winning 3-1 away in Germany after a first leg 0-0 draw.

"I wouldn't like Juventus against Barcelona because I think it would be something really special Barcelona against Juventus in a possible final or semi-final", he said.

"We know that. People will look at Porto and Ajax (as weaker), but they are young teams and they are flying".

Spurs were one of Barcelona's opponents in the group stages and Ernesto Valverde's side came out undefeated in the games against the Premier League team, after prevailing at Wembley 4-2 and drawing 1-1 at the Camp Nou.

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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