Liverpool aiming to steal a march on title rivals City

England national team manager Gareth Southgate's squad for this month's European Championship qualifiers has 13 players from four English clubs in the quarter-finals of the Champions League

Barcelona and Juventus come next in the betting ahead of Liverpool, United and Spurs, with Ajax and Porto the two big outsiders.

Tottenham Hotspur had already made it through to the last eight with a 4-0 aggregate drubbing of Borussia Dortmund while United's dramatic victory over Paris St Germain put them back in the last eight for the first time in five years.

The teams will learn their fate at Friday's draw, with this year's final taking place at Atletico Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano stadium on June 1.

Barcelona have faced the Champions League runners-up three times in the past in knockout stages and were eliminated on every occasion, twice in the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup in 1976 and 2001 and once in the 2006/07 Champions League campaign.

It is too soon to start talking of a return to English domination of the Champions League but the quality at the top end of the Premier League this season is unrivalled. For example, hypothetically if Barcelona vs Tottenham and Manchester United vs Juventus are clubbed together in the quarterfinals, then the winners of these two matches will face each other in the semis.


Former Blaugrana coach Pep Guardiola's team are one of the favourites to win the title and Manchester City have the quality between the four lines, as well as on the bench, to reach the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano final.

Whether he was joking or not, it's fair to suggest that Juventus knew exactly what they getting when they signed Ronaldo from Real Madrid last summer. However, prior to that the last meeting between Premier League sides in the competition came in 2011, when United eliminated Chelsea at the quarter-final stage.

Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho would like to see two all-English quarter-finals in the Champions League.

"It looked at Bayern that the pressure wasn't on their shoulders as it was a different competition".

But Sherwood thinks that while they may have more games to play by remaining in both competitions, they are right not to prioritise.

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