Tottenham and Manchester City will face each other in an all-English quarter-final of the Champions League next month, report agencies.
Last year’s beaten finalists Liverpool received arguably the most favourable draw after being paired with Porto, while Manchester United face a daunting tie against Barcelona.United and Liverpool will meet in the semi-finals if they reach the last four, with Tottenham or Manchester City facing the winner of the quarter-final between Ajax and Juventus.
It is the first time in a decade that four English Premier League clubs will be in the Champions League quarterfinals, with Chelsea the last side to win the tournament in 2012.
Only two other English teams, Liverpool in 2005 and Manchester United in 2008, have been crowned European champions this century.
Manchester City won both of their Premier League ties with Tottenham last season and also beat Mauricio Pochettino’s side at Wembley earlier in this campaign.
Manchester United’s tie against Barcelona means interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will enjoy another trip to the Nou Camp, where he scored the winner in United’s Champions League final win over Bayern Munich in 1999.
Manchester United have an extremely tough assignment against Barcelona, but will know that this is not a vintage Barca side.They were drawn to play the second leg at home, Manchester United will actually instead be at Old Trafford for the first leg against Barcelona. This is because City are playing their second leg against Spurs at home, and Uefa rules say you can’t have two sides from the same city playing home matches in the same week.
The first legs of the quarter-finals will take place on April 9 and 10, with the second legs on April 16 and 17.