Manchester United's Champions League quarterfinal tie could be reversed

16 March, 2019, 04:15 | Author: Isabel Grant
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City are set to face Tottenham in the quarter-finals after hammering Bundesliga side Schalke 10-2 on aggregate in a one-sided last-16 tie.

Instead, they ended up getting the worst possible outcome when they drew Barcelona, with rivals Liverpool and Manchester City getting off relatively lightly, drawing Porto and Tottenham respectively.

Elsewhere, there will be an all-English meeting in the form of Tottenham Hotspur-Manchester City, while 2018 finalists Liverpool will meet Porto.

The quarter-final first-legs will be played on April 9/10 with the return legs scheduled for April 16/17. They also play in the Premier League in Manchester less than three days after the second leg. "I don't think you'll get many Manchester United fans or players who will say otherwise to be honest".

Guardiola believes one of the keys for City in their bid to make the Champions League semi-finals for just the second time will be keeping their stars fit for a hectic April schedule as they chase an unprecedented quadruple.

Lionel Messi and his Barcelona teammates are coming back to Old Trafford to face Manchester United in the Champions League quarterfinals.

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Pep Guardiola believes he has to win the Champions League at Manchester City or he will be judged a failure. Should Jurgen Klopp negotiate a home clean sheet win over Porto in the first leg, even better for their title odds. Last season, City fell at the quarter-final stage against another English team, Liverpool, and will hope history doesn't repeat itself. That last-16 tie was settled with a 5-0 away win in the first leg that paved the way for a comfortable victory over the Portuguese side. It remains the last time they lifted the European Cup.

The final is scheduled for June 1 at the Metropolitano Stadium, the home of Atletico Madrid.

First leg: 9/10 April.

Solskjaer has history with the Camp Nou, netting a late victor in the 1999 Champions League final to see United overcome Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich, and he will now return to the stadium as he looks to guide the Red Devils to a similar feat.

Ajax, who knocked out Real Madrid in the last round, will host 2015 and 2017 runners-up Juventus. BT Sport is also the home of the Europa League featuring Arsenal and Chelsea.

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