Friday, 22 March, 2019

Man United may face Champions League fixture reversal, say UEFA

The business end of the football season Spurs to discover Champions League quarter-final opponents
Cassandra Castillo | 15 March, 2019, 07:04

Former Espanyol coach Mauricio Pochettino would relish the opportunity to face his former club's fierce opponents and to try to eliminate them from the tournament.

Another 4,000 tickets will be made available to the general public while the remaining 25,500 tickets "are allocated to the local organising committee, UEFA and national associations, commercial partners and broadcasters".

Barcelona on Thursday identified Pep Guardiola's Manchester City and Max Allegri's Juventus as the two clubs they want to avoid in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals draw, the AS reports.

Jose Mourinho has claimed he hopes to see some English pairings in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

In this season's quarter-finals they eliminated Bayern Munich, winning 3-1 away in Germany after a first leg 0-0 draw.

The Reds are marching on in Europe but don't say it's four English teams in the quarter finals.

It is the first time since the 2008/09 season that all four English teams qualified for the final eight.

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"It would be unbelievable for Portugal as a country, Netherlands as a country, to have a team in the semi-final".

But one possible explanation of this might be the fact that UEFA hold mock Champions League draws and these might be the outcome of one such mock incident.

Both of those teams were eliminated in the last 16.

Mane has scored 69 per cent of his Champions League goals in the knockout stages of the competition (9/13). Firstly many view themselves as NOT English but Scouse.

Liverpool saw off Bayern 3-1 in their last 16 second leg thanks to a double from the in-form Sadio Mane and a goal from defender Virgil van Dijk.

Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid follow in fourth spot with 127 points, while Serie A giants Juventus, who secured a comprehensive 3-0 second-leg victory over Los Rojiblancos courtesy of Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick, complete the five highest ranked teams with 122 points, ahead of Sevilla (104 points) and Manchester City (103 points).

It was also a display of muscle-flexing by City, Liverpool and Spurs that will have been noted by the likes of Barcelona and Juventus, the two continental heavyweights most likely to stand in the way of an English triumph in the final in Madrid on June 1.

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