Manchester United's Champions League quarterfinal tie could be reversed

England national team manager Gareth Southgate's squad for this month's European Championship qualifiers has 13 players from four English clubs in the quarter-finals of the Champions League

England national team manager Gareth Southgate's squad for this month's European Championship qualifiers has 13 players from four English clubs in the quarter-finals of the Champions League

The winners of the inaugural Nations League will be crowned on June 9, but Southgate will need to prepare for those decisive clashes without players bound for the Champions League final.

Barcelona and Juventus remain formidable threats in Friday's draw, but both will be hoping to avoid the English sides, in particular Manchester City and Liverpool who are engaged in the tightest domestic title battle in Europe's big leagues.

We finally have our final eight of the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League round of 16.

In three ties between Premier League and Bundesliga opposition, the English clubs won 17-3 on aggregate, which will be regarded as a humiliating outcome by Germany's top teams. Messi was instrumental during Barca's 5-1 Nou Camp win against Lyon on Wednesday, scoring twice and creating the others for the Spanish champions, while Ronaldo's hat-trick against Atletico Madrid in Turin 24 hours earlier was just the latest chapter in the Juventus forward's incredible Champions League story.

The draw for the quarter-finals will take place in Nyon on Friday and, despite having left his job in the Old Trafford hot-seat in December, Mourinho will be an interested spectator.

This draw will be a special occasion for the English fans since four Premier League teams have made it to the quarter-finals this season and a number of European giants like Real Madrid and PSG have been knocked out.

It is the first time since the 2008/09 season that all four English teams qualified for the final eight.

"They deserve to be there and we know they will be tough teams".

Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho would like to see two all-English quarter-finals in the Champions League. At this point of the competition teams from the same country can now face each other.

Spurs were one of Barcelona's opponents in the group stages and Ernesto Valverde's side came out undefeated in the games against the Premier League team, after prevailing at Wembley 4-2 and drawing 1-1 at the Camp Nou.

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