Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Intriguing ties in Champions League quarter-finals

Intriguing ties in Champions League quarter-finals

Jurgen Klopp is not taking Porto for granted for a second, after Liverpool were drawn against them in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk heads home during their win over Bayern Munich.

"I would do two matches with English teams, which would mean two in the semi-finals". The 31-year-old Barcelona forward is also the leading scorer in this season's competition with eight goals.

You only have to look at the table to see why I've gone for a handicap bet for West Ham at home; Huddersfield have been awful in their second campaign in top-flight football and have the second worst away form in the league (W1-D3-10).

Not all the memories are bad for Man United, however.

The same rule would apply should both teams progress to the semi-finals.

City, who visit Swansea City in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Saturday, remain in the hunt to win four major trophies this season and those hopes will be boosted when star midfielder Kevin De Bruyne returns from a hamstring injury after the global break. However, Porto have the second leg at home and if they can avoid a heavy defeat at Anfield in the first game, they will fancy their chances of turning it around.

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In 2006/07 Liverpool oversaw a convincing 4-0 aggregate triumph over PSV, then beat rivals Chelsea on penalties, but AC Milan got revenge in the final. "Manchester City are obviously one of the best teams in Europe at the moment so it will be a great test for us".

Liverpool, who lost in last year's final to Real Madrid, will host Porto in the first leg on April 9. It will be interesting to see if Juventus comes up against Barcelona in the Champions League.

Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick against Atletico Madrid kept Juventus' European dream alive.

Twenty years on, he will be back in Barcelona for the second leg of the quarterfinal tie as Red Devils coach. "You are expecting to play one of the big boys at this stage".

"I want them to come back as quickly as possible, to get back to the routine", he said.

Juventus will take on young hopefuls Ajax, Tottenham and Man City square off in a mouthwatering all-Premier League meeting and Man United face a Barcelona side containing Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho.

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