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Champions League: Quarter final draw

16 March 2018

The draw was supposed to take place at 11am and, with only eight teams to pick, it should have been a relatively quick one.

The first legs of the quarter-finals will be played over April 3-4, with the returns scheduled for April 10-11.

"They are a very hard, difficult team to beat". Liverpool must avoid conceding silly goals at home that would make the second leg that much more hard, yet their best chance of progression is to throw everything at City in the first leg, establish a lead and then play on the counter-attack in the away leg.

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That defeat cost Liverpool the chance to go second, although with both United and Tottenham in FA Cup action this weekend, Klopp's side will go third if they avoid defeat against Watford.

"We know what it's like in the Premier League but it's going to be very intimidating for other teams". All three in the second leg were brought about by the greatest player of all time and they hit the woodwork twice while dominating the game in the first.

And the other remaining Serie A side in the competition, Roma, have the daunting task of taking on LaLiga leaders Barcelona.

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Spanish giants FC Barcelona will lock horns with AS Roma, while Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich will lock horns with Sevilla in the last 8 of the tournament.

Holders Real Madrid will take on Juventus in the 2017-18 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals in a repeat of last year's final.

Although Pep Guardiola's City have been virtually unstoppable this season, their lone league defeat resulted at Anfield in January when the Reds won 4-3 having almost blown a 4-1 lead. "They eliminated Manchester United", said Bayern sports director Hasan Salihamidzic. Manchester United succumbed to a Sevilla side at Old Trafford which raised questions over Jose Mourinho's conservative management style.

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But Roma were not altogether convincing against Shakhtar Donetsk in the next round and they may need to play well above themselves to progress any further.

Champions League: Quarter final draw