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Manchester United’s French midfielder Paul
Pogba (2nd L) celebrates with teammates after
scoring their third goal from the penalty spot
during the English Premier League football match
between Fulham and Manchester United at
Craven Cottage in London on February 9, 2019.
(Photo by Ian KINGTON / AFP) /
Manchester United will face Barcelona in the
Champions League quarter-finals while
Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur clash in
an all-Premier League tie following Friday’s
draw.
Liverpool were drawn to play FC Porto in the
knockout rounds for the second year in
succession, as Ajax’s reward for eliminating the
holders Real Madrid is a two-legged tie against
Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus.
English hopes are high that this could be their
year in Europe’s elite club competition after all
four of their representatives made it through to
the last eight.
However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United will have
their work cut out if they are to go any further
as they take on the Barcelona of Lionel Messi in
the headline tie.
For Solskjaer, the second leg will bring back
memories of the 1999 final, when the Norwegian
came off the bench to score a stoppage-time
winner for United against Bayern Munich at
Barcelona’s Camp Nou stadium.
With City and United not allowed to play their
home leg in the same week, United will entertain
the leaders of La Liga at Old Trafford on April 9
or 10, with the return a week later.
The last time the Premier League had four teams
in the quarter-finals, in 2008/09, Barcelona beat
the Old Trafford side 2-0 in the final in Rome.
The clubs clashed again in the final at Wembley
in 2011, with Barca winning 3-1 on that occasion.
Repeat of ’96 final
UEFA also drew the semi-finals on Friday,
meaning the winners of the Barcelona v United
will face either Liverpool or Porto in the last four.
Jurgen Klopp’s side, fresh from knocking out
Bayern Munich in the last 16, will be confident of
beating the Portuguese champions after
defeating them 5-0 on aggregate in the last 16
on their way to the final last season.
Liverpool will host two-time European Cup
winners Porto at Anfield in the first leg before
heading to the Estadio do Dragao in the return on
April 16 or 17.
There is guaranteed to be one English team in
the semi-finals after Tottenham and City were
paired together, with the first leg to be played in
London.
With Pep Guardiola’s team top of the Premier
League, 13 points ahead of Spurs in third, City
will be the favourites to advance to their first
semi-final since 2016. City have also won their
last three meetings with Mauricio Pochettino’s
team.
The draw means there will be three clashes
between the sides in 10 days — they are also
due to meet in the Premier League at the Etihad
Stadium on April 20.
The winner of that tie will host either Ajax or
Juventus in the first leg of the semi-finals.
The latter tie is a repeat of the 1996 final, which
the Italian club won on penalties against an Ajax
team who had won the trophy the previous year.
Juventus have lost five finals since then but are
hoping Ronaldo can fire them to glory this
season after his hat-trick knocked out Atletico
Madrid on Tuesday.
That result ended Atletico’s dreams of reaching
the final, which will be played at their Wanda
Metropolitano stadium on Saturday, June 1.
Source:
https://guardian.ng/sport/solskjaer-goes-back-to-
camp-nou-as-man-utd-draw-barcelona-in-
champions-league/

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