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

Spurs to discover Champions League quarter-final opponents

Spurs to discover Champions League quarter-final opponents

It is too soon to start talking of a return to English domination of the Champions League but the quality at the top end of the Premier League this season is unrivalled.

"With the others, Juventus can play on equal terms". We'll have to work out all of that out as that goes on.

So, English football is back, capped by Liverpool's victory in Munich on Wednesday night, but is the Premier League ready, once again, to dominate the Champions League?

Secondly there is no joy in the other English teams being there.

Liverpool's run to the final previous year signalled a re-awakening and this season, with holders Real Madrid, Bayern and PSG all out, the odds are shortening on the first all-English final since United beat Chelsea on penalties in Moscow in 2008.

England's preparations for their Nations League semi-final against the Netherlands on June 6 could be thrown into disarray if two English Premier League teams reach the Champions League final, national team manager Gareth Southgate has said.

Pep Guardiola, the only coach left in the competition to have previously won the Champions League, was quick to point out after Man City's win against Schalke this week that Ronaldo, in particular, is a major threat to his team's ambitions.

"We know that. People will look at Porto and Ajax [as weaker], but they are young teams and they are flying".

'I think if the draw gives something like Manchester City vs Manchester United, or Tottenham against Liverpool, for example, I think would be absolutely fantastic matches'.

Manchester United round off the quartet of English teams still in the competition, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side needed a helping hand - both from Presnel Kimpembe and the Video Assistant Referee - to complete a stunning comeback against Paris Saint-Germain.

"We have been in a semi-final, we qualified [four] months ago and what a great opportunity to win something".

"They would rather be in this position now where they have got something to fight for every single game than a mediocre side, they are not that". It will be hard, but not impossible.

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