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Friday, March 15, 2019

Barca face United, Spur draw City in UCL quarter finals, preview

UEFA Champions League 2018-19 draw: Last 8 in quarter-finals, Stats, teams preview.

Tottenham Spurs will face the Manchester City and Barcelona will face to fave against Manchester United in the 2018-19 Champions League draw.

Last year's beaten finalists Liverpool will play Porto and Ajax will face Juventus in the other ties.

UEFA Champions League 2018-19 draw: Last 8 in quarter-finals, Stats, teams preview.

Official Statement from UEFA Champions League.

*A reminder that Man. City & Manchester United are not able to play at home on the same night, nor on consecutive nights, following a decision made by the relevant local authorities.
The first leg of Manchester United v Barcelona will, therefore, be at Old Trafford.

UEFA Champions League quarter-final, Semi-Final draw, dates, schedule.

9/10 April: Quarter-finals, first leg

16/17 April: Quarter-finals, second leg

30 April/1 May: Semi-finals, first leg

7/8 May: Semi-finals, second leg

Saturday 1 June: Final – Estadio Metropolitano, Madrid


Ajax v Juventus

Liverpool v Porto

Tottenham v Manchester City

Barcelona v Manchester United


Tottenham/Manchester City v Ajax/Juventus

Barcelona/Manchester United v Liverpool/Porto

Last 8 teams Preview in Champions League Draw.

Ajax v Juventus.

 1 -  Ajax won their first two fixtures against Juve – including the first, in the 1973 European Cup final in Belgrade (1-0). The Dutch side has not beaten the Bianconeri since.

2 -   Juventus are unbeaten in their last ten meetings with Ajax (W6 D4), winning five of the last six. The teams most recently met in the 2009/10 UEFA Europa League round of 32, Juve winning 2-1 on aggregate (2-1 away, 0-0 home). That made it four Juve wins in four two-legged contests between the clubs.

3 -   Ajax has had a younger starting XI on average (24 years, 202 days) in the Champions League this season than any other side left in the competition.

4 -   Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo's record of seven UEFA Champions League goals against Ajax means he has only scored more against Bayern Munich (nine) and his current club (10).

5 -    Juventus are unbeaten in their last ten meetings with Ajax (W6 D4), winning five of the last six. The teams most recently met in the 2009/10 UEFA Europa League round of 32, Juve winning 2-1 on aggregate (2-1 away, 0-0 home).

 Head to head: Played: 12; Ajax: 2; Drawn: 4; Juventus 6

Liverpool v Porto

1 -    Liverpool is unbeaten in their previous six games against Porto in European competition (W3 D3), with the Reds scoring 12 goals and conceding just twice. Fancied.

2 -   Liverpool has lost only once at home to Portuguese visitors (W6 D3).

3 -   Porto has lost their last five two-legged knockout ties against English clubs. They have not beaten English opposition in a knockout tie since José Mourinho's side eliminated Manchester United in the 2003/04 UEFA Champions League round of 16 (2-1 home, 1-1 away) en route to lifting the trophy.

4 -   Liverpool's 5-0 win at Porto in last season's round of 16 first leg inflicted the Portuguese club's record European home loss, and also equalled the biggest first-leg margin of victory in the UEFA Champions League era.

 Head to head: Played: 6; Liverpool: 3; Drawn: 3; Porto: 0

Tottenham v Manchester City

1 -   There has been nothing between Tottenham and Manchester City in domestic football over the years. In 156 competitive meetings, Man City has won 61 to Spurs' 60, with 35 draws. Tottenham have lost their last three matches against City, but this tantalizing UEFA Champions League quarter-final gives Pochettino's side the chance to go ahead in the head-to-head count.

 2 -  This will be the highest-profile City-Spurs encounter since they contested the 1981 'Centenary' FA Cup final which City lost 3-2 in a Wembley replay famed for Ricky Villa’s solo goal. City's captain, Paul Power, once showed me this Paddington Bear figurine given him as a memento of that day.

3 -   Tottenham has qualified for the quarter-finals of the European Cup/Champions League for the third time in the club's history, last doing so back in 2010-11.

4 -   Tottenham have met City's local rivals Manchester United in Europe, winning 2-0 in the home first leg of their 1963/64 European Cup Winners' Cup tie,

5 -   Spurs have won three of their six European matches against English opponents, but lost two of those three two-legged ties. The exception was the 1971/72 UEFA Cup final, when they beat Wolves 3-2 on aggregate.

6 -   This is Tottenham's first European meeting with a fellow English side since the 1972/73 UEFA Cup semi-finals, when they lost on away goals to Liverpool (0-1 away, 2-1 home).

 Head to head: First European meeting

Barcelona v Manchester United

1 -  Barcelona has won four, drawn four and lost three of their encounters with United in UEFA competition, scoring 20 and conceding 15. Lionel Messi's tally of 22 Champions League goals against English clubs makes the striker their most prolific opponent in the competition.

2 -   Manchester United have won just one of their eight European Cup/Champions League meetings with Barcelona (D4 L3), losing both of their last two encounters in the 2009 and 2011 finals. Daunting.

3 -   Barcelona has reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the 12th successive season, last failing to do so in the 2006-07 campaign.

4 -   Messi is the only active player who featured in the 1-0 loss at Camp Nou in this tie.

5 -   Barcelona beat Manchester United in the UCL final in 2009 and 2011, Lionel Messi scoring in both games.

6 -    There have been no away won in fixtures between Barcelona and Manchester United; Barça's record at the Camp Nou is W2 D2, while at Old Trafford, United have the same record: two wins and two draws.

7 -   This will be the first two-legged tie between Barcelona and Manchester United since the 2007/08 UCL semi-finals, when United's Paul Scholes scored the only goal in the Old Trafford second leg.

Barcelona and Manchester United have played in just one other two-legged contest in UEFA competition, the English club overturning a 2-0 first-leg loss in Spain with a 3-0 victory at Old Trafford in the 1983/84 European Cup Winners' Cup quarter-finals.

 Head to head: Played: 11; United: 3; Drawn: 4; Barcelona: 4

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