Champions League: Quarter-finals draw

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The draw of the quarter-finals of the Champions League has been revealed with Spanish giant FC Barcelona, drawn against Manchester United, while two English clubs Tottenham and Manchester City will play against each other.

With the draw, Premier League leaders Manchester City will play their rival Spurs three times in 11 days.

Ajax of  Amsterdam, Netherland will battle against Juventus of Turin with all eyes on Juventus’ super talent Christiano Ronaldo. Porto FC of Portugal will face last year’s finalists Liverpool, who lost to Real Madrid in the finals last year.

The quarter-final first matches are scheduled for 9 April and 10 April, while 30 April and 1 May are set for the semi-finals. The 68,000-capacity Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano stadium will host the Champions League final on 1 June.

Interesting facts:

Both Manchester United and Manchester City are not allowed to play at home on the same day or even consecutive nights. Both clubs are drawn away in the first leg of their matches. Having finished lower in the Premier League last year, Manchester United will play their first quarterfinals match at home and the second leg in Barcelona.

20 years after scoring a sensational 2-1 injury-time winning goal against Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final at the Nou Camp stadium, Manchester United’s interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will lead his team as a coach to the same stadium, hoping to write his name in the book of football.

The Spurs might play their quarter-final first-leg as their first games at their new stadium on 9/10 April. 

Quarter-finals

Barcelona v Manchester United

Ajax v Juventus

Liverpool v Porto

Tottenham v Manchester City

Semi-finals   

Tottenham/Manchester City v Ajax/Juventus   

Barcelona/Manchester United v Liverpool/Porto