Champions League Draw Throws Up Battle Of Britain
The draw for the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals has finally been made, and it’s thrown up another mouth-watering clash between Liverpool and Manchester City.
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With 8 teams left to battle it out for the Champions League title, it’s fair to say that there are no easy games anymore. That being said, it’s true that teams went into the draw hoping to avoid certain others, since nobody in their right mind would want to play Barcelona right now.
And after Sevilla beat Manchester United at Old Trafford and Roma went through after a 1-0 victory at home to Besiktas; these two sides found themselves in the unenviable position of being considered the easier opponents. But Sevilla and Roma are certainly no pushovers.
Giants Real Madrid and Barcelona were the obvious teams to avoid; along with Juventus, Bayern Munich, Manchester City and Liverpool in their current form. Well, now these European giants have learnt their Champions League fate.
Liverpool and Manchester City are the only two English teams left in the competition. In a result that both teams were probably hoping to avoid, (and one that most neutrals were hoping to avoid as well) Liverpool and Man City will battle it out home and away again this season- but this time for a place in the Champions League semi-finals.
City are currently running away with this season’s Premier League title, with only one defeat this season. The defeat took place at Anfield as The Reds came away with a 4-3 victory, after losing the reverse fixture earlier in the year 5-0: a Sadio Mane red card early in that game being the catalyst to a whopping performance from the Citizens.
The first leg will take place at Anfield on April 4 with the second leg being held on April 10: less than 4 days after the Manchester and Merseyside derbies.
Both teams are in top scoring form this season. Liverpool progressed into the final eight by seeing off Porto 5-0 in a comfortable rout away from home. City also secured a spot by beating Basel comfortably 5-2 over the two legs, even after losing the second leg at home 2-1.
Txiki Begiristain's reaction to the Champions League draw. 😓 pic.twitter.com/kfbLJfL8WG— Stuart (@bloostoo) March 16, 2018
After overcoming United at Old Trafford, Sevilla have been rewarded with a trip to Bayern Munich, whilst Barcelona will be up against Italian side Roma, a prospect that will have the La Liga leaders licking their lips.
Juventus v Real Madrid rounds off the next round in a repeat of last season’s Champions League Final. Real Madrid will be looking to turn around a poor domestic season with another Champions League triumph; when you’ve got Cristiano Ronaldo in your side, just about anything is possible. Head over to FOOTY.COM and get your Champions League football kit ready for the next round. You can compare prices and cheer your side onto European glory at the best price possible!