Published:  12:33 AM, 16 March 2019

Champions and Europa League draw held


Manchester United will face Barcelona in a heavyweight Champions League quarterfinal after the draw was made at UEFA's Swiss headquarters in Nyon on Friday, reports CNN.

Serie A giants Juventus will face Ajax following the Dutch side's incredible victory over Real Madrid while last year's beaten finalists Liverpool was arguably handed a favorable draw against Porto. Meanwhile, Tottenham will face the competition's top scorers Manchester City in the only all-English quarterfinal.

The semifinal draw was also made on Friday, with Manchester United or Barca due to face Liverpool or Porto, with the winner of the tie between Manchester City and Tottenham playing either Ajax or Juve.

The quarterfinal first legs will be played on April 9/10 with the reverse fixtures scheduled for April 16/17. The semifinals will kick off on April 30 and May 1 -- with the second legs set for May 7/8 -- ahead of the final at Atletico Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano stadium on June 1.

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. In the same period Spain has had 10 Champions League winning teams.

In the Europa League quarterfinals, Arsenal face a tough fixture against Napoli while Chelsea will play Slavia Prague following the Czech side's stunning comeback against Sevilla in the last round.

Arsenal boss Unai Emery is looking for his fourth Europa League success after winning three successive titles as manager of Sevilla. Elsewhere, Spanish side's Villarreal and Valencia were drawn together and Benfica will face Eintracht Frankfurt. The first legs will kick off on April 11 with the reverse fixtures scheduled for April 18.





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