The draw for the 2019 Champions League and Europa League quarter-finals has taken place with one all England tie to look forward to.
Tottenham Hotspurs, Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City were all in the bowls alongside Barcelona, Ajax, Porto and Juventus. It is the first time since 2009 that four English Premier League sides have made it to the last eight of the competition.
City are favourites to win this year’s competition but they will have to overcome Tottenham if they are to progress to the semi-finals. Spurs will have home advantage for the first leg after being drawn out first.
Tottenham may be slipping in the Premier League but they looked impressive in the last 16 round of the Champions League, beating Borussia Dortmund by 3-0 at home before rounding that off with a 1-0 away win in the second leg.
Man United pulled off an extraordinary 3-1 win over PSG last week despite being hampered with injuries. The prize for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side is a quarter-final draw against Barcelona. The Spanish side were drawn out of the bowl first but because City and United cannot play at home on the same night or consecutive nights, they will have home advantage for the first leg.
Cristiano Ronaldo inspired Juventus to a place in the final eight after he scored a hat-trick on Tuesday to revive the Italian side who were 2-0 down to Atletico Madrid. They will face Ajax away in the first leg of the next round.
James Milner admitted that Liverpool were hoping to avoid a fellow English team in the quarter-final draw. Jurgen Klopp’s side made it to the final eight following their 3-1 win over Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena during the week. He has been granted his wish as they were drawn first out against Porto.
An English side hasn’t won the competition since Chelsea in 2012, though Liverpool managed to make the final last year when they were beaten 3-1 by Real Madrid.
Meanwhile in the Europa League, Arsenal were drawn away to Napoli in the first leg of the quarter-final, however in accordance with the earlier rule, that draw was reversed. Chelsea were drawn out second against Slavia Prague.
Champions League quarter-final draw:
Ajax v Juventus
Liverpool v Porto
Tottenham Hotspurs v Manchester City
Manchester United v Barcelona
Champions League semi-final draw:
Tottenham/Manchester City v Ajax/Juventus
Manchester United/Barcelona v Liverpool/Porto
Europa League quarter-final draw:
Arsenal v Napoli
Villarreal v Valencia
Benfica v Eintracht Frankfurt
Slavia Prague v Chelsea
Europa League semi-final draw:
Arsenal/Napoli v Villarreal/Valencia
Benfica/Eintracht Frankfurt v Slavia Praha/Chelsea