Champions League draw LIVE: Liverpool, Manchester United, Man City, Tottenham learn their quarter-final fate

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Follow live coverage of the 2019 Champions League quarter-final draw as Liverpool, Manchester UnitedManchester City and Tottenham discover their fate.

And then there were eight. Liverpool became the fourth Premier League side to make it into the hat for the quarter-finals after seeing off Bayern Munich on Wednesday evening. They join City, who routed Schalke, Tottenham, who proved too strong for Borussia Dortmund, and of course United, who famously stunned Paris Saint-Germain a week ago. They will all find out who they will play next with Lionel Messi’s Barcelona and Cristiano Ronaldo‘s Juventus still looming large.

We will have all the latest updates from Nyon so stick with us throughout the morning.

With the live draw for the Champions League quarter-finals and semi-finals just over two hours away, let’stake you through the teams who will be involved in Nyon come 11am today.
It’s quite a lineup!

How does it all work then?

Well the key point is that there is no seeding or country protection in either the quarter-final or semi-final draws.

So that means a fairly good chance that two (or more) Premier League sides will face each other in the last eight.

The semi-final draw takes place immediately after the quarter-final one, meaning teams will immediately know their potential paths to the final.

Excited? Yep. So am I.

Good morning and welcome to The Independent‘s live coverage of the Champions League quarter-final draw.
Liverpool became the fourth Premier League side to make it into the hat for the quarter-finals after seeing off Bayern Munich on Wednesday evening.
They join Manchester City, who routed Schalke, Tottenham, who proved too strong for Borussia Dortmund, and of course Manchester United, who famously stunned Paris Saint-Germain a week ago.
They will all find out who they will play next with Lionel Messi’s Fc Barcelona and Cristiano Ronaldo’s Juventus still looming large.
We will have all the latest updates from Nyon so stick with us throughout the morning.

Champions League results

Who is in the draw?

Man Utd
FC Porto
Ajax
Tottenham
Liverpool
Barcelona
Juventus
Manchester City

 

HOW IT WORKS

Teams will be drawn at random and, unlike previous rounds, teams from the same nation can be pit against each other.

As well as the quarter-final matches, the make-up of the rest of the competition and possible semi-finals will also be determined.

MATCH DATES (AEST)

Quarter-finals Leg 1: April 10 and 11

Quarter-finals Leg 2: April 18 and 18

Semi-finals Leg 1: May 1 and 2

Semi-finals Leg 2: May 8 and 9

Final: June 2 at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid, Spain.

JUVENTUS

Juventus’ off-season move to sign Cristiano Ronaldo was intended to end a 23-year wait for a third European title.

It’s working so far.

Ronaldo delivered another career-defining performance, scoring a hat trick against Atletico Madrid to overturn a 2-0 first-leg loss. His legal issues in the United States, where he has been accused of rape, seemed a world away. Ronaldo is looking to join Seedorf as the only players to win the European Cup or Champions League with three different clubs. Veteran Juventus defenders Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci, along with coach Massimiliano Allegri, just want a first title after losing in the final in 2015 and ‘17.

LIVERPOOL

A finalist last season and now in the quarterfinals again, Liverpool is back at Europe’s top table.

The mature way the five-time European champions dealt with Bayern Munich in their 3-1 away win in the last 16 showed how far they have come under Juergen Klopp over the past two years.

It was fitting that a goal by Virgil van Dijk proved to be key in Munich, with the arrival of the centre back for $99 million in January 2018 shoring up a defence that had been shaky in Klopp’s first two years in charge. Liverpool also now has a world-class goalkeeper in Brazil international Alisson Becker. Few will relish going to Anfield in the last eight. Just ask Manchester City, which was swept aside 3-0 in the first leg last year to virtually end its Champions League ambitions.

MANCHESTER CITY

This season seems like City’s best chance to become European champion since being taken over by its Abu Dhabi owners in 2008.

No longer Champions League novices, City is in the quarterfinals for the third time in four years.

The depth in Pep Guardiola’s squad is fueling a challenge for an unprecedented quadruple of trophies, having already won the English League Cup. City has benefited from benign draws, with Schalke shaping up as the weakest round of 16 option. City won 10-2 over two legs.

A two-leg quarterfinal against Liverpool, its Premier League title rival, or against Manchester United, its neighbour, would be quite an experience.

MANCHESTER UNITED

Twenty years after scoring the winning goal for United in a Champions League final, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is looking to lead the team to the title as manager. After his understrength team’s amazing comeback at Paris Saint-Germain from a 2-0 first-leg loss, who would bet against them?

There’s a “nothing to lose” feel about United, which was a huge outsider when qualifying for the knockout stage under Jose Mourinho.

Solskjaer has restored some of the team’s belief and attacking swagger in three months in charge. See especially Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku. It might not be enough for a fourth European title but it should be fun watching.

PORTO

Porto is, perhaps, the team everyone else in the draw wants to face. Coached by former player Sergio Conceicao, Porto is looking to go beyond the quarterfinals for the first time since 2004 when Jose Mourinho led the team to its second title.

Porto has flavours of South America and Mexico in the team, plus a foundation of Champions League-winning former Madrid veterans: 37-year-old goalkeeper Iker Casillas and 36-year-old defender Pepe, who returned to his former club in January.

Like Liverpool, Porto has a strong African influence in attack with Mali forward Moussa Marega its top scorer with six goals in the competition.

TOTTENHAM

Tottenham is in the quarterfinals for only the second time, despite not buying any players in the past year.

That highlights the extraordinary job coach Mauricio Pochettino is doing with a tight-knit squad – headlined by England striker Harry Kane and Denmark playmaker Christian Eriksen – and an ever tighter budget.

Tottenham’s new stadium, built on the site of its former White Hart Lane ground in north London, should finally get to host a Champions League game after season-long construction delays and safety concerns.

If Tottenham is drawn at home for the first leg on April 9-10, it could even officially open the new arena.

 

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