Champions League quarter-final
?? Juventus vs Real Madrid ??
?? Sevilla vs Bayern Munich ??
?? Liverpool vs Man City ??
?? Barcelona vs Roma ??
Juventus, Real Madrid, Sevilla and Bayern Munich will kick things off on April 3 before playing the second leg on April 11. Liverpool, Man City, Barcelona and Roma play their first games on April 4 with the second legs of those ties taking place on April 10.
Europa League quarter-final
?? Arsenal vs CSKA Moscow ??
?? RB Leipzig vs Marseille ??
?? Atletico Madrid vs Sporting Lisbon ??
?? Lazio vs Red Bull Salzburg ??
The Europa League quarter-final matches are scheduled to take place on April 5 and 12, with times etc. to be confirmed.
Liverpool vs Man City
- Liverpool’s meeting with Man City will be the first all-English Champions League quarter-final since 2011 (Chelsea vs Manchester United)
- Look away now Pep, but Reds boss Klopp has beaten the City boss on five different occasions in all competitions, more than any other manager.
- Now, look away Klopp, because Guardiola has never lost a Champions League quarter-final tie, progressing in a total of seven.
Juventus vs Real Madrid
- The Bianconeri have lost just two of their last eight Champions League matches against Real Madrid, winning four. One of those losses was last year’s 4-1 final defeat.
- Excluding finals in 1998 and 2017, Real Madrid have been eliminated in all four of their Champions League knock-out ties against Juventus
- However, Madrid have an excellent record against Italian teams in recent history, winning their last five Champions League games against clubs from the country.
Barcelona vs Roma
- Roma may take some comfort from the fact that Barcelona have lost two of their previous three quarter-final ties against Italian opposition (losing to Juventus twice in 2003 an 2017).
- The Giallorossi have encountered Barcelona four times in the Champions League and boasted an unbeaten record against the Catalan outfit until their last meeting, in which they conceded six.
Arsenal vs CSKA Moscow
- As mentioned, Arsene Wenger has a poor record against CSKA Moscow, having never managed to beat them. The Russian side beat the Gunners 1-0 in Moscow in the 2006-7 Champions League group stage before holding them to a scoreless draw in London.
RB Leipzig vs Marseille
- RB Leipzig have the power of history behind them because German teams are unbeaten in their last six games against Olympique Marseille in UEFA club competitions (five wins and one draw.)
Arsenal set for Russian encounter ?? ??There are some seriously intriguing match-ups in the Europa League quarter-finals, not least for Arsenal, who have been drawn against CSKA Moscow.
Tensions between the United Kingdom and Russia have been escalating in recent days and it was announced on Wednesday that British government ministers and the Royal family will boycott the World Cup. So that one should be… interesting, to say the least.
Elsewhere, there’s an Iberian derby as Atletico Madrid take on Lisbon giants Sporting. Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig are on their way to the south of France to play Marseille, while Serie A outfit Lazio take on Red Bull Salzburg, who vanquished Borussia Dortmund in the last 16.
Europa League quarter-final draw ?
Here are the four ties we have to look forward to:
Arsenal vs CSKA Moscow
RB Leipzig vs Marseille
Atletico Madrid vs Sporting Lisbon
Lazio vs Red Bull Salzburg
Liverpool ‘will give it everything’ against Man CityLiverpool are one of just three teams to inflict defeat on Man City this season and Jurgen Klopp believes that Guardiola’s men would not have wanted to see the Merseysiders’ name being set next to theirs in the draw.
The German coach has acknowledged that the Reds are not going to be favourites to win the tie, but insists that they will “give it everything” as the club seeks a sixth European Cup.
“I’ve said it before and it’s still the truth, it’s always common in a draw that you’ll get your neighbour, more or less, but to be honest I don’t mind, really,” Klopp told the club’s official website. “It is exactly like it was before – we take what we’ve got. Now it’s Manchester City, let’s go.
“We’ve lost once and we’ve won once against them in the league – and I don’t think they thought before the best draw they could have got is Liverpool. That’s a sign for us and how strong we can be.
“We are for sure not the favourites in this round, but in the last eight there are not a lot of favourites – maybe two of them, Bayern and Barcelona – but thank god it’s football and nothing is decided. “We have a few games to play until then, but I am really looking forward to it and we will give it everything.”