Manchester City in UEFA Champions League

Annette Crawford
March 16, 2019

City have the greater depth and quality, plus the experience of being at this stage of the competition before, but Spurs are unsafe, and this tie could go all the way to penalties before we know who will face Ajax or Juventus in the semis. "It's not by accident that three German clubs are eliminated by three English clubs".

However, as with the quarterfinal draw, the legs for United's tie would be switched if both Manchester clubs go through.

The first leg would be played on Tuesday 30 April or Wednesday 1 May, a few days after our Premier League match at home to Chelsea.

Expectations are high that Guardiola, who twice guided Barcelona to Europe's top prize, will lead the Premier League champions into the final four for the first time since taking charge in 2016.

Jurgen Klopp's side, fresh from knocking out Bayern Munich in the last 16, will be confident of beating the Portuguese champions after defeating them 5-0 on aggregate in the last 16 on their way to the final last season.

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The club has tallied just two total goals during a six-match losing streak in league play to tumble to 19th place on the table, and have dropped two straight at home to end a promising 3-2-2 win-draw-loss run on home turf. My standards are not thinking, 'We are Manchester City, we have to win everything.

With Pep Guardiola's team top of the Premier League, 13 points ahead of Spurs in third, City will be the favourites to advance to their first semifinal since 2016.

One supercomputer predicted that City would win the title this season, but maybe Klopp could prove that computer and his critics wrong at the same time.

The semifinal draw throws up a possible tie between United and Liverpool, with Old Trafford hosting the second leg. The final, to be staged at Atletico Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano, will be held on June 1. Ajax last won the Champions League in 1995, while Manchester United last won in 2008 and Juventus most recently won in 1996.

Although the stinging media criticism that followed Bayern's Champions League exit suggested otherwise, and with arguably a degree of understatement, defender Mats Hummels described the loss to Liverpool as "a little blow".

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