Barca Players Want Manchester United Or Porto In The Champions League

The business end of the football season

"We're all very focused on the Champions League, Leo as well".

Liverpool's run to the final a year ago signalled a re-awakening and this season, with holders Real Madrid, Bayern and PSG all out, the odds are shortening on the first all-English final since United beat Chelsea on penalties in Moscow in 2008.

United's unexpected victory over PSG also ensures that they will be regarded as a risky outsider in Friday's draw, but while it's inevitable that the focus will be on the prospect of a first English Champions League victor this season since Chelsea in 2012, it would be wise to consider the threat posed by Messi and Ronaldo, with Barca and Juve respectively, to Premier League ambitions.

This season there are four English sides in the hat for the next round of European's elite competition - Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham - and ahead of the draw Mourinho was asked about his preferred quarter-final line-up.

It means City, as the higher ranking team, would play at home in the second leg of their tie, while United are at home in the first of their clash.

Liverpool can return to the top of the Premier League with a win at Fulham on Saturday.

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He has also played regularly in the Champions League , helping Porto reach the quarter finals for the first time since 2015. That will mean a significant profit for Porto on a player they signed previous year from Sao Paulo in his homeland.

Tottenham Hotspur had already made it through to the last eight with a 4-0 aggregate drubbing of Borussia Dortmund while United's dramatic victory over Paris St Germain put them back in the last eight for the first time in five years.

Pep Guardiola's side are widely considered one of the favourites to win the Champions League, despite the presence of teams such as Juventus and Barcelona in the competition.

"They deserve to be there and we know they will be tough teams".

The Champions League always pits the biggest players against each other, none more so than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, and Mourinho has said he would love to see the pair meet in a Champions League final for the first time.

'They are doing so, so well during the competition that I think it would be fantastic for one of them.

"It looked at Bayern that the pressure wasn't on their shoulders as it was a different competition".

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