One thing that is always exciting about the Champions League Draw is that anything can happen. In this case, the luck of the draw has gifted us with an absolute barn-burner in the quarterfinal round, with Liverpool against Manchester City. Liverpool, of course, is the only team in the Premier League to beat City in the domestic competition this season, in a 4-3 thriller at Anfield. Meanwhile, Juventus vs. Real Madrid is a rematch of last year’s final, a 4-1 thrashing of Juventus that saw Real Madrid secure another title. Sevilla, who knocked out Manchester United, has the pleasure of facing Bayern, and Barcelona will visit Italy as well for a matchup with Roma.
Arsene Wenger and his men, after beating AC Milan 5-1 on aggregate in the round of 16, were looking to avoid the high-flying Atletico Madrid. Instead, they drew CSKA Moscow in the quarterfinals of the Europa League, which is made even more intriguing by the political situation between England and Russia. In the other parts of the draw, Atleti drew Sporting Lisbon, and the two Red Bull clubs avoided each other once again: Leipzig will take on Marseille, and Salzburg will face Lazio.
I think it is safe to say Jose Mourinho is having a bad week. After getting knocked out of the Champions League by Sevilla, he said getting knocked out is “nothing new for this football club.“ This morning, he must have woken up on the wrong side of the bed, as he went on a 12-minute rant, reading statistics from a notebook (which means he researched this), explaining why he does not think Manchester United have “football heritage.“ There are too many quotes to pick from, so please read the article from ESPN, but he cites United’s general lack of success in the past several years both domestically and in Europe.
The Premier League has decided to move Liverpool’s clash with Everton from April 8 to April 7, and Jurgen Klopp is not happy about it. After Liverpool drew Manchester City in the UCL quarterfinals, the EPL moved the Merseyside Derby up a day for schedule accommodations. Apparently, Klopp heard about it at the same time as the rest of us did, and he is not happy about having one game on a Wednesday and then another on a Saturday instead of Sunday. Again, check out the quotes, because his reactions to some questions are too many to pick from. But he is not pleased with the decision.
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