Champions League Quarter Final Draw: Last 8 Learn Their Fate & Are One Step Closer to Kyiv

Liverpool against Manchester City is the headline tie from the Champions League quarter finals as the eight remaining clubs fighting for the trophy learned their fate when the draw was made at UEFA HQ in Nyon, Switzerland on Friday lunchtime.

Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea all fell at the Last 16 stage, but those left are now one step closer to the final in Kyiv on 26th May.

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The open draw pitted holders Real Madrid, looking to become the first champions to win three successive titles since Bayern Munich in the 1970s, against Juventus in a repeat of the 2017 final. Meanwhile, Barcelona will take on Roma and Bayern must face Sevilla.

2017/18 UEFA Champions League Quarter Final Draw: 

Barcelona vs Roma

Sevilla vs Bayern Munich

Juventus vs Real Madrid

Liverpool vs Manchester City

First leg ties will be played on 3/4 April, with return legs scheduled for 10/11 April.

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Spanish Report Claims Man Utd Star Has Told Friends ‘I Want to Play With Messi’ at Barcelona

?Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba is allegedly keen on linking up with five-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi at Barcelona, further adding to the growing speculation that all isn’t well for the Frenchman at Old Trafford less than two years after his stunning £89m return.

Pogba’s relationship with manager Jose Mourinho appears to have become strained in recent months. The player, struggling for fitness after an injury layoff earlier this season, has been in and out of the side and has been poor even when he has played.

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Just last week it was reported that United are giving their full backing to Mourinho over any disagreements with players and would be prepared to sell anyone, including Pogba, who doesn’t fall in line with the manager’s way of thinking.

Known gossip merchants Diario Gol claim that Pogba wants to join Barcelona and has told close friends ‘I want to play with Messi’. But, notwithstanding the apparent friction in Manchester, the claims seems outlandish and spurious at best.

The 24-year-old was tentatively linked with Barça before he was snapped up by United. But Real Madrid were the club from Spain who were really keen and the latest gossip appears to be the latest in the agenda-driven point scoring that is the transfer market in 2018.

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Diario Gol claims that Real president Florentino Perez doesn’t believe Pogba wants Barça, suggesting that the Bernabeu chief clearly remembers the player’s previous desire to join Real.

It reads as though Diario Gol is putting pressure on Real to act, although the point is also made that super-agent Mino Raiola, who represents Pogba and will dictate any transfer, is not one of Perez’s preferred people to do business with.


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Atletico Madrid President Insists Barcelona Target Antoine Griezmann Is Going Nowhere This Summer

?Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has attempted to rubbish growing speculation that star forward Antoine Griezmann will leave the club to join Barcelona this summer, claiming that as long as the French international has a contract he won’t he going anywhere.

With former suitors Manchester United seemingly no longer taking an interest, Barça have been dubbed favourites to secure Griezmann’s signature at the end of the season.

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But Cerezo, who oversaw a move from the Vicente Calderon to the brand new Wanda Metropolitano stadium earlier this season, has no intention of losing his biggest name.

“Griezmann is an Atletico Madrid player, he has a contract with the club and as long as that is the case, he can’t sign with another team,” the president is quoted as saying by Marca.

“He has a long contract, I would be surprised if he left. From [Fernando] Torres, [Sergio] Aguero, [Diego] Forlan through to [Radamel] Falcao, losing players has grown tiresome but I don’t think we should get nervous,” he added.

Griezmann is currently contracted to Atletico until the summer of 2022, but the rumours of a Barcelona approach have long focused on the Catalans triggering a buyout clause that would serve to release him from that contract in Madrid.

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After signing a new deal last summer following Atletico’s rejected appeal against a FIFA-imposed transfer ban, Griezmann’s buyout clause was inflated to €200m. But that was only temporary and it is widely believed it will return to €100m this summer, actually making him quite affordable for elite clubs in today’s transfer market.

If Barça trigger the clause and Griezmann is happy to go, as Catalan sources have claimed that he is, there would be precious little that Atletico could do to keep hold of him. For that reason, Cerezo may very well be blowing a lot of hot air in a bid to be seen as strong.

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Luis Suarez’s Incredible Champions League Drought Continues After Failing to Score Against Chelsea

Luis Suarez failed to score against ?Chelsea in Barcelona’s round of 16 tie with the London club, and in the process entered unprecedented territory as his two scoreless outings against the English champions meant he has now gone more than a year without scoring a Champions League goal. 

In his last nine Champions League outings, the Uruguayan striker has failed to hit the back of the net completely, last scoring a European goal in? Barcelona’s famous 6-1 comeback against Paris Saint-Germain in March 2017.

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This means that Juventus have kept Suarez out four times over the past 12 months with Sporting CP, Olympiacos and Chelsea also enjoying some success against the man who has found the back of the net 21 times in La Liga this season.

It, however, is true that the Catalan club have struggled in front of goal in Europe this season, only scoring 13 goals throughout this season’s Champions League campaign with Lionel Messi scoring the bulk of the Blaugrana’s goals leaving the likes of Lucas Digne and Ivan Rakitic to make up the numbers with a single strike apiece.

Despite not scoring a European goal in the last 12 months, Suarez’s impact has proved vital for Barcelona this season with the former Liverpool man notching up three assists in the Champions League so far this season.

Luis Suarez, who currently is La Liga and Barcelona’s second top scorer with 21 goals, won’t be to bothered about the fact that he hasn’t scored a European goal in more than a year as his side’s impressive season continued as they? knocked Chelsea out of the Champions League on Wednesday with ?Lionel Messi stealing the show at the Nou Camp.

Suarez and Barcelona will find out who they face in the Champions League quarter final on Friday with arch rivals Real Madrid, Manchester City, Liverpool, Roma, Juventus, Bayern and fellow Spanish side Sevilla all in the draw.


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100 Not Out: Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in UEFA Champions League ‘World of Their Own’

Lionel Messi reached another goalscoring milestone as he netted his 100th Champions League goal? in ?Wednesday’s 3-0 win over Chelsea, becoming only the second player ever to reach the extraordinary feat after ‘arch-rival’ Cristiano Ronaldo scored his 100th goal in 2017 – with the Argentine magician achieving the milestone in ??14 fewer games

The two greatest players of their generation’s battle to be the best has been one of football’s, and the Champions League’s, most ?intriguing subplots over the years with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi consistently battling it out for football’s top prizes on and off the pitch.  

The two greatest forwards in modern football surpassed Raul Gonzalez’s goal tally in the top club competition in the 2014/15 campaign as they both had 77 strikes each. Then last season, Ronaldo became the first player to score 100 goals in UEFA club competitions, the same milestone ?Lionel Messi achieved during the third round of this season’s Champions League.

Ronaldo’s opening ?goal against Paris Saint-Germain in February was his 100th for Madrid in the UEFA Champions League, the first time someone had reached that mark for a single club. Messi reached his century – all for Barcelona – exactly a month later ?against Chelsea. 

The Real Madrid star, however, leads the Barcelona star 120-103 in goals in all UEFA club competitions, and 117-100 in terms of Champions League goals. With the two superstars closely following each other in the race to be the ?greatest goalscorer in UEFA club competitions. 

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Earlier this season the two extraordinary talents battled it out for the 2017 Ballon d’Or, a prize that has been contested between the two for each of the last 11 years – with Ronaldo coming out on top and equalling Messi’s total of five awards. 

With the fine form both find themselves in of late, it is obvious that they will be gunning it out for the top prize again come the end of the year – in what will be the 12th consecutive season the two magicians will go head-to-head to be the best. 


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