Milner hoping to avoid all-English clash in Champions League quarter-finals

Annette Crawford
March 15, 2019

As for the teams which Barça would be relieved to meet in the quarter finals, Iker Casilla's Porto or Manchester United look, on paper, the most accessible. However, Tottenham were outclassed by Real Madrid at the Bernabeu (4-0) in the first-leg of the quarter-finals, then lost 1-0 back in London.

"I would avoid City", the former Red said on Italian broadcaster Rai Sport when asked which teams Juventus would not like to face in the quarter-finals.

There are a quartet of English teams in the hat for the last eight - the first such situation since 2009 - with the Fab Four of Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham all qualifying.

"Every team will have their preferences, the teams they wouldn't like to play, but it's a very positive feeling for everyone who is there".

Jose Mourinho says he would relish the prospect of two all-English Champions League quarterfinals, ahead of the draw for the competition at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, on Friday.

England beat Croatia and Spain en route to the Nations League last four, that will also see hosts Portugal play Switzerland on the other side of the bracket.

While they are by no means firing on all cylinders, Liverpool can take great confidence from the fact they have got through two tough fixtures which if they had lost would have seriously damaged their season.

"They are playing brilliantly and the results have been incredible". "But it has been a top league and there haven't been that many teams (in the latter stages) of this one".

"He has all the pressure on his shoulders, he scores three vs. Atletico Madrid and they [Juventus] go through", Guardiola said.

Messi, whose brilliance was key to Guardiola's two Champions League triumphs with Barcelona, is just as unsafe as Ronaldo and it will be intriguing to see whether any of England's four clubs can find a way to overcome the game's two modern greats.

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