No Manchester City For Juventus Please - Former Italian Premier League Star


This season's Fab Four of Man United, Man City Spurs and Liverpool join Barcelona, Ajax, Porto and Juventus in the quarterfinals - and English football fans on social media were raving.

Southgate's side face Netherlands in the Nations League semi-finals on June 6 in Portugal, five days after the Champions League final takes place at the Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid.

But one possible explanation of this might be the fact that UEFA hold mock Champions League draws and these might be the outcome of one such mock incident.

It is too soon to start talking of a return to English domination of the Champions League but the quality at the top end of the Premier League this season is unrivalled.

This has been the era of Messi and Ronaldo in the Champions League.

'I would like English teams to play against each other, without any kind of preference, ' he told RT.

"Two great teams that are not being successful in the Champions League for a few years, of course Juventus so much more than Barcelona".

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

Joy for England was despair for Germany, though, as Liverpool's win meant a hat-trick of defeats for Bundesliga teams against Premier League opposition at the last 16 stage.

Former Espanyol coach Mauricio Pochettino would relish the opportunity to face his former club's fierce opponents and to try to eliminate them from the tournament.

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.

The last time Juventus faced Barcelona was in 2017/18 and the Italian side knocked out the Catalans, as a 3-0 victory in Turin was followed by a 0-0 draw at the Camp Nou.

"He has all the pressure on his shoulders, he scores three vs. Atletico Madrid and they [Juventus] go through", Guardiola said.

Messi, whose brilliance was key to Guardiola's two Champions League triumphs with Barcelona, is just as unsafe as Ronaldo and it will be intriguing to see whether any of England's four clubs can find a way to overcome the game's two modern greats.