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Why Manchester United’s Champions League quarter-final dates could be reversed

Why Manchester United’s Champions League quarter-final dates could be reversed

In this season's quarter-finals they eliminated Bayern Munich, winning 3-1 away in Germany after a first leg 0-0 draw.

Liverpool's 3-1 victory at German giants Bayern Munich on Wednesday completed the full house, the night after Manchester City thrashed Schalke 7-0 for a 10-2 aggregate victory.

"They would all need a period to psychologically switch off and we'd have to look at Champions League final players when we got to it". However, prior to that the last meeting between Premier League sides in the competition came in 2011, when United eliminated Chelsea at the quarter-final stage.

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.

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

Of the seven Champions League finals prior to that Didier Drogba-inspired win, only once was no English side involved.

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

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One out of Porto, Ajax, Manchester City, Manchester United, Tottenham, Liverpool and Juventus will face Ernesto Valverde's side and we break down the Catalan side's potential opponents one by one.

Whether he was joking or not, it's fair to suggest that Juventus knew exactly what they getting when they signed Ronaldo from Real Madrid last summer.

Manchester United beat PSG last week to qualify while Tottenham Hotspur made light work of Borussia Dortmund.

Barcelona won two of their past three Champions League trophies by defeating Manchester United in the finals in Rome and London.

This means that the chances are there will be at least one all English match during the next round of games in Europe's elite competition, as half of the teams remaining are from the Premier League.

It's going to be a free for all in the quarter-final stage, as previous stipulations stopping teams from the same Champions League group or the same country from facing each other are thrown out of the window.


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