Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

No Manchester City For Juventus Please - Former Italian Premier League Star

No Manchester City For Juventus Please - Former Italian Premier League Star

The UEFA Champions League 2018/19 is now down to eight teams and the draw to decide the quarter-final fixtures is nearly upon us.

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.

Messi, whose brilliance was key to Guardiola's two Champions League triumphs with Barcelona, is just as risky 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. We want as many (as possible) going forward.

In three ties between Premier League and Bundesliga opposition, the English clubs won 17-3 on aggregate, which will be regarded as a humiliating outcome by Germany's top teams.

Two English sides met in last season's Champions League, of course, when Liverpool eliminated Manchester City in the quarter-final stage.

The biggest result was Ajax seeing off defending champions Real Madrid in incredible fashion at the Santiago Bernabeu.

But England, whose teams dominated the old European Cup between 1976 and 1984 with seven wins, has not supplied a champion since Chelsea in 2012.

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

"Every team left in the competition is a good side", Milner said.

"And with the emotion of that game, the Champions League final, can those players even realistically play on the Thursday night for us?"

"They deserve to be there and we know they will be tough teams".

The last time four English clubs reached the Champions League quarters?

"There are worse teams that have done well and got to finals". They have undoubtedly got the quality and the confidence at the moment.

Juventus' courageous turnaround to send Atlético de Madrid crashing out of the competition impressed the blaugranas, which is why they would prefer not to meet them - at least at this stage.


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