Barcelona unlikely to play Dembele

Ernesto Valverde

Tottenham vs Man City is the only full english tie in the Champions League quarter finals.

Barcelona were on the receiving end of a shock loss in last season's competition, going out to Roma with a 3-0 quarter-final second-leg loss having won the first leg 4-1. They're joined by Barcelona, Juventus, Ajax and Porto.

The Portuguese completed his move to Turin last summer, just after helping the Los Blancos win their third straight Champions League title.

"I think if the draw gives something like Manchester City versus Manchester United, or Tottenham against Liverpool, for example, I think would be absolutely fantastic matches". It was only a few days ago, that the player showed his brilliance yet another time, by hammering in three goals into Atletico Madrid's net, to take the Bianconeris to the next round in the Champions League. He then set up two more goals.

Mauricio Pochettino's side have suffered defeats to Manchester City in their last three meetings. So, there's not much that can be surmised about how this two-legged tie could end up, but you can bet it'll be a hard-fought affair.

The draw also placed the teams in an NCAA basketball-style bracket, meaning that clubs can trace their path to the final, which will be played on June 1 in Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano. That disastrous result will fuel the red-hot Citizens over the two legs.

The way the Champions League draw works means teams already know which two sides they could play in the semi-final next month should they progress to the final four.

Manchester United might have to pay at least £34m to secure the signing of Ivan Rakitic according to recent reports.

But Barcelona presents Solskjaer with his toughest challenge yet.

"Yes, it is a decisive match, but we can not take a chance to lose a substitution", the coach added.

"We aren't thinking about what happened past year, we're thinking about the games now and have studied the first leg", Valverde said.

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