Intriguing ties in Champions League quarter-finals

Virginia Santiago
March 16, 2019

Manchester City and Manchester United will not play their home games in next month's Champions League quarter-finals on the same or consecutive nights following a decision by local authorities, UEFA said on Thursday.

With four Premier League sides making their way to the final eight, Manchester City and Tottenham will be contesting the all-English tie of the round.

17 April, second legs: Manchester City v Tottenham and Porto v Liverpool.

The tie of the round is between Manchester United and Barcelona.

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The weekend schedule opens on Saturday, with AFC Bournemouth hosting Newcastle United as +105 favorites, and Leicester City visiting Burnley FC as +145 chalk, while West Ham United looks to bounce back from a stunning 2-0 loss at Cardiff City as they host last-place Huddersfield Town sporting short -180 odds.

That result ended Atletico's dreams of reaching the final, which will be played at their Wanda Metropolitano stadium on Saturday, June 1. That last-16 tie was settled with a 5-0 away win in the first leg that paved the way for a comfortable victory over the Portuguese side.

The Gunners were due to have the second leg at the Emirates, but their tie was switched as they are not permitted to play at home on the same night as Chelsea.

Other teams to qualify were FC Porto, and Tottenham Hotspurs, who defeated Borussia Dortmund in both legs.

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"Following a decision made by relevant local authorities, Manchester City and Manchester United can not play at home on the same night, nor on consecutive nights", UEFA said.

"What I want is to come back from the worldwide break with people fit, ready to play the last month and a half with everybody making his own contribution because if we are able to get to the semi-finals (of the FA Cup), April is incredible with the fixtures we have, a lot of games, and everybody will be necessary to play".

"If City, United, Spurs or Liverpool hope to pry the Champions League trophy from continental Europe, they're likely to have to go through an in-form [Cristiano] Ronaldo". The clubs clashed again in the final at Wembley in 2011, with Barca winning 3-1 on that occasion.

Established clubs such as Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are out. It was really good, one of the best we played last season. It remains the last time they lifted the European Cup.

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