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Champions League Quarter Final Draw review

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With the teams bracing for an international match weekend, we look ahead to what’s in store in European competitions – for English teams.

Manchester City is the flag bearer in Champions League.

One of the prime objectives for the neo-rich Manchester City is to achieve success in Europe. Their low tournament quotient (thanks to their poor history) would mean that they more often than not, end up in ‘group of death’. .

And they end up tumbling out by the first knock-out round. But the gritty Citizens managed to make history this year. Having navigated through their group with little qualms, the Citizens then were grinning with glee having been paired with Dynamo Kyiv in the round of 16. Expectedly, they brushed Dynamo aside to make it to Quarter-finals for the first time in their history.

The challenge, though, is humongous with Paris Saint-Germain awaiting them in the last eight. The French Champions have already knocked out an English team – Chelsea, and would be eager to continue the dose. With Zlatan Ibrahimovic eager to crown himself in European glory in his last year at the club, City have their task cut out. .

Schedule: First leg at Paris on April 6 and Second leg at Manchester on April 12.

Prediction: It would be a huge challenge and City would be the underdogs for this tie. Away goals could be crucial. .

Can Klopp navigate past his old club?

Reunions in football are always romantic. Ask Jurgen Klopp who would go through a whirlpool of emotions when he takes his Liverpool side to Signal Iduna Park to take on Borussia Dortmund. .

Klopp has won the Kop faithful hearts by overwhelming eternal rivals Manchester United in the round-of-16 tie. The complete dominance of Liverpool in the first leg that brought them a 2-0 lead proved to be the differentiator as United could never recover and put Liverpool under pressure. .

Klopp jokingly said that he would want to avoid Dortmund, the form team in Europa League. The Germans were clinical in dismantling Tottenham in the round-of-16 although the Londoners were guilty of wrapping the win for Dortmund in a silver platter on the pretext of rotation. .

Dortmund managed to rise from the departure of Klopp, under the tutelage of Thomas Tuchel. It is a testimony to Tuchel’s work that Dortmund are running Bayern Munich close in Bundesliga – five points behind. This, after a ragged last season under Klopp in which they flirted with relegation before finding form to finish in the top half. .

No doubt that the Signal Iduna Park will embrace Klopp – one of their best products coming out of Dortmund. Equally there would be no doubt that they will try with all their might to stop him from winning.

Schedule: First leg at Dortmund on April 7 and Second leg at Liverpool on April 14.

Prediction: It would be a huge surprise if Liverpool can topple Dortmund.

Will the English presence in Europe end at the Quarter-finals stage or will we see the bandwagon carried further? .


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