Milner hoping to avoid all-English clash in Champions League quarter-finals

Milner hoping to avoid all-English clash in Champions League quarter-finals

Not since Bayern's Wembley win against Dortmund in 2013 has a Champions League been won without one of them in the victorious team and there has been no sign of either of them slowing up in this season's competition.

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

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?

"I would do two matches with English teams, which would mean two in the semi-finals". We want as many (as possible) going forward.

Elsewhere, he said a meeting between the unfancied pair of Porto and Ajax would be a welcome story for the clubs and their respective countries as one of them would at least be guaranteed a semi-final spot. Ronaldo's never even been on the losing side against English opposition in the knock-out stages of the Champions League even dating back to his time at United, when Sir Alex Ferguson's men overcame the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal in all-English encounters.

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Both Jose Mourinho and Louis van Gaal both failed to reach this stage, while Sir Alex Ferguson oversaw a whopping 12 quarter-final ties; taking United through to the semi-finals on seven occasions. It's definitely up there with United's most dazzling nights under the lights.

Liverpool FC are now in second place in the Premier League table as they look to try and win the title for the first time under Jurgen Klopp.

Four-of-the-eight teams in the UCL quarterfinals are English - Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham and Liverpool - and with the inaugural UNL semifinals starting four days after the June 1 European decider, fitness and fatigue could be a major factor for England when they face the Netherlands in Portugal.

Last season City would have been hopeful of another semi-final showing, but were blown away by rivals Liverpool 3-0 in the first-leg, then fell to a 2-1 defeat at home.