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That's all, folks!

2019-03-15T15:00:00Z

Thanks for keeping up with us for all the Champions League and Europa League action!

If you needed some more fodder, we've got a couple of features you can dig into.

We have Peter Staunton's rounding up of the Champions League winners & losers, where he has listed Messi and Ronaldo as winners but Ajax and Man United as losers.

Manchester United correspondent Kris Voakes has also pieced together an editorial on Man United's mouthwatering clash with Barcelona.

Catch you for all the drama in April!

 

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Solskjaer on his return to Barcelona: We can go away and hurt anyone like we did in Paris

2019-03-15T14:17:00Z

"We want these games against the biggest clubs and the biggest teams," says Ole.

"We had the final against them in 2009 and 2011 and the semi-final in 2008 when Scholesy scored, it’s these games our fans and this club crave. We are looking forward to this one.

"I’m probably completely different to 99 per cent of managers, as I prefer away last like we had against PSG. If you can get a decent result at home, then we know we can go away and hurt anyone like we did in Paris."

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A sly dig at his former club from Mourinho? 😏

2019-03-15T14:10:10Z

"I was looking at Liverpool, they were on their way down in the Premier League and they were losing lots of points, and they come with for sure the best performance of the season in the Champions League. For sure," Mourinho told Russia Today.

No mention of Man United's incredible comeback against PSG there!

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Guardiola: I have a lot of respect for Spurs

2019-03-15T14:00:55Z

"We (Tottenham) know each other quite well," said Man City boss Pep Guardiola.

"We play each other many times. I have a lot of respect for them. I know quite well the quality of this team."

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Man City 'excited' by Tottenham draw

2019-03-15T13:57:34Z

Manchester City may have been eliminated by English opposition last season, by Txiki Begirstain says the club are looking forward to their quarter-final clash with Tottenham.

“We are confident. We are doing well, we are having a good season and we are in a good place now in the sense of the football that we are playing,” said Begiristain, who is City's Director of Football.

“So, we are confident, but we know Tottenham will create problems.

“I am also very happy that we will get to play in the new stadium (Tottenham’s new ground).

“We played last season (in the quarter-finals) against Liverpool and did not go through. I hope this time we have better luck!”

📅 All the quarter-final dates!

2019-03-15T13:35:00Z

When the games will be played.

So, now that the draws are both complete, the games will be set. Take a look below for the provisional fixture dates.

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

April 9

Liverpool vs Porto
Tottenham vs Manchester City

April 10

Ajax vs Juventus
Manchester United vs Barcelona

April 16

Juventus vs Ajax
Barcelona vs Manchester United

April 17

Porto vs Liverpool
Manchester City vs Tottenham

EUROPA LEAGUE

April 11

Arsenal vs Napoli
Villarreal vs Valencia
Benfica vs Eintracht Frankfurt
Slavia Prague vs Chelsea

April 18

Napoli vs Arsenal
Valencia vs Villarreal
Eintracht Frankfurt vs Benfica
Chelsea vs Slavia Prague

🗣 Bonucci: We know we can give fans more magic nights

2019-03-15T13:30:05Z

Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci has acknowledged Ajax's impressive recent displays, but says that the Bianconeri are confident.

"We know we will face a team in great form, a dynamic team and we are ready for two games with great intensity," said Bonucci.

"We know we can give our fans more magic nights like the one against Atletico."

'All you need to say is Hazard'

2019-03-15T13:25:02Z

Slavia Prague's Miroslav Stoch is all too aware of the threat posed by Chelsea.

"All you need to say is Hazard – he is an unbelievable player. Or Willian. Chelsea have world-class players in every position," said Stoch.

"Chelsea are the favourites, but that was the case before our tie against Sevilla.

"We can make things complicated for them. I hope we will be lucky again and get a good result."

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'Ronaldo was insulted in Madrid'

2019-03-15T13:09:39Z

Juventus director Pavel Nedved does not fear a ban for star forward Cristiano Ronaldo following his controversial celebration against Atletico Madrid.

"I don't fear a ban," Nedved told Sky Sport Italia.  "It's a gesture that should remain on the field. The emotions expressed on the pitch should remain there.

"He was insulted a lot in Madrid and also by the fans that came to our home. I understand it, so let's go forward without any bans."

Wishful thinking, perhaps, Pavel?

Read the full story!

✍️ 'Man Utd need another Camp Nou miracle to upset Messi'

2019-03-15T12:50:02Z

It's a tough ask for the Red Devils.

"When Marcus Rashford kept his cool and slammed his penalty past Gianluigi Buffon to take Manchester United into the quarter-finals of the Champions League in the most dramatic of circumstances, comparisons with his manager’s most famous moment were immediate.

"And now, thanks to that win over Paris Saint-Germain and Friday’s subsequent draw, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be returned to the scene of his stoppage-time winner in 1999 when United face Barcelona in the last eight.

"The Camp Nou awaits for Solskjaer once more. But this time the opponent is not Bayern Munich, it is Barca. Lionel Messi's Barca!"

Click here to read the thoughts of our Manchester United correspondent, Kris Voakes.

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Sarri hoping for Chelsea vs Napoli final

2019-03-15T12:43:06Z

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri would like to see his old club Napoli knock Arsenal out, so that he can potentially face them in the final.

"I'd rather face [my old club] Napoli in the final," the Blues boss said.

"Firstly, because that means we are in the final, and secondly because that means Napoli are in it too."

Klopp not taking Porto for granted

2019-03-15T12:34:54Z

Liverpool have been paired with Porto for the second season in succession, having played them in the last 16 last term.

The Reds made light work of the Portuguese outfit, winning 5-0 on aggregate, but Jurgen Klopp is taking nothing for granted.

“What can I say? It’s Porto and we’ve played there already and we know how good we had to be last year," Klopp told the Reds' official website.

“The result in the end was a strange one; it was very good for us, of course, but it was a strange one. In the second leg, we saw the character of Porto and the quality they have.

“I could not be further away from thinking it’s the best draw because it isn’t – it is just the draw, it’s the opponent we have to prepare for and that’s all we will be thinking about from when we start preparing for the game.

“We have a specialist for Porto in our own team in Pep Lijnders being there in the past – and he always speaks with so much respect for that club. We will have plenty of information and that’s what you need before a game, but you still have to play it. Now we know it, let’s prepare.”

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De Jong: It's nice to face 'one of the best' Ronaldo

2019-03-15T12:21:25Z

Ajax star Frenkie de Jong is looking forward to locking horns with Juventus talisman Cristiano Ronaldo.

"I saw their 3-0 win over Altetico and they played very well," De Jong said, per UEFA.com.

"When I was around 10 or 12 years old, Ronaldo already was one of the best players in the world. So it is nice that I will now face him for real."

Benfica vs Eintracht Frankfurt

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Portugal and Germany collide!

Villarreal vs Valencia

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We've got a Spanish derby!

FIRST OUT: Napoli vs Arsenal

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A very difficult draw for Arsenal! They play Carlo Ancelotti's Napoli.

Europa League Pierre van Hooijdonk is here!

2019-03-15T12:07:44Z

The 2002 UEFA Cup winner, who will be fondly remembered by Feyenoord, Benfica, Celtic and Nottingham Forest fans, is on the stage to assist with drawing the balls.

"Benfica have got a lot of competition, because there are a lot of strong teams in the last eight," said Van Hooijdonk.

💪 Mr Marchetti is BACK

2019-03-15T12:05:15Z

The main man is back on stage running through all the details that we just need to know.

The draw itself is imminent.

The Europa League draw is under way!

2019-03-15T12:01:25Z

And we're back to find out who will play who in the quarter-final of the Europa League.

🚨 JUST 10 MINUTES TO GO!

2019-03-15T11:52:19Z

Here's your second 10-minute warning!

The Europa League quarter-final and semi-final draws are coming up.

🗣 Nedved: Ajax are no joke

2019-03-15T11:44:51Z

They did beat Real Madrid, after all.

"I'm neither happy nor sad," Nedved told UEFA.com.

"Ajax eliminated Madrid so they are no joke. I liked them a lot against Madrid so we will have to be very careful.

"We will have to face Ajax with great commitment: I expect two great games."

📝 Some stats on the Champions League quarter-final

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⚽️ Barcelona defeated Manchester United in the 2009 and 2011 Champions League finals. Lionel Messi (who else?!) scored in both games.

⚽️ Juventus and Ajax faced off in the final of the 1996 Champions League. The game finished 1-1, with Juve winning 4-2 on penalties.

⚽️ Manchester City's record against English teams in European competition is terrible. They've had two ties, against Chelsea in the 1970-71 Cup Winners' Cup semi-final and against Liverpool in last season's quarter-final. They lost all four games.

Barcelona vs Manchester United

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A seriously tough draw for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side.

Tottenham vs Manchester City

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It's an all-Premier League quarter-final.

Liverpool vs Porto

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It's a trip to Portugal for Jurgen Klopp's men!

The first quarter-final draw is done: Ajax vs Juventus

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A repeat of the 1996 Champions League final!

🏆 Giorgio Marchetti is on the stage...

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...and that can mean only one thing: It's down to business!

The draw is under way!

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The familiar tones of the Champions League Anthem ring out at UEFA's headquarters in Nyon.

Strap in for the show!

👽 'Alien' Ronaldo will make history at Juve - Mendes

2019-03-15T10:55:21Z

"He is the best player in the history of the game and he proved it against Atletico Madrid," Jorge Mendes said to Gazzetta dello Sport of his client.

"He is an alien, he made the difference in England and Spain and the same is happening in Italy."

Read the full story.

⚪️ Spurs in UCL quarter-finals for the second time

2019-03-15T10:50:53Z

Tottenham have acquired a reputation for 'bottling' things over the years, but they will be eager to make their critics eat their words this season.

They're into the Champions League quarter-finals for the second time in their history - the first under Mauricio Pochettino - and they showed guts to beat Borussia Dortmund.

🚨 10-minute warning!

2019-03-15T10:50:00Z

There are just 10 minutes to go until the draw kicks off.

This is your warning, so go make yourself a cup of tea or coffee and we'll be here when you get back. ☕️

🤔 Mourinho wants all-English ties

2019-03-15T10:45:04Z

Former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says that he'd like to see the Premier League teams drawn against each other.

“I would like English teams to play against each other, without any kind of preference,” Mourinho told RT.

“But I would do two matches between English teams, which would mean two teams would be in the semi-finals. 

“I think if the draw gives something like Manchester City versus Manchester United, or Tottenham against Liverpool, for example, I think they would be absolutely fantastic matches.” 

🔵 'One more step' for Chelsea

2019-03-15T10:42:18Z

Maurizio Sarri is under increasing pressure at Chelsea due to chronic underperformance in the Premier League, but they have shone on the continent.

The Blues breeze past Dynamo Kiev in the last 16, winning 8-0 on aggregate, and, with Champions League qualification via the league appearing unlikely, a Europa League triumph would be just the tonic.

⚫️⚪️ Can Ronaldo inspire Juventus?

2019-03-15T10:33:25Z

Cristiano Ronaldo promised he'd "smash" Atletico Madrid and the five-time Champions League winner delivered with a tie-winning hat-trick.

After the game, the former Real Madrid star said "that's why Juventus signed me" and you can be sure they believe they can go all the way.

However, it must be noted that there could be some problems for Juve if Ronaldo is punished for his controversial celebration following the win over Atletico.

Read about whether Ronaldo will be banned for the quarter-finals.

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🇳🇱 Ajax have arrived!

2019-03-15T10:29:51Z

Ajax earned themselves a few more admirers across the world after they deposed reigning champions Real Madrid.

No team will be too keen to play the Dutch upstarts after that and they are now serious dark horses.

Of course, they already have a rich history in the tournament, with four titles to their name - the most recent of which came in 1995 (and they finished runners up the following year!)

📆 Arsenal could face UEL fixture change

2019-03-15T10:24:18Z

Arsenal's Europa League quarter-final legs could be reversed to accommodate Chelsea if they are draw at home on the same day.

The draw for the last eight of the Europa League takes place on Friday and UEFA has confirmed that if both sides are drawn to play at home in the same week, the order of Arsenal's legs would have to be switched.

UEFA said the decision was made by local authorities, who do not want both London clubs to be playing in the city on the same day.

Read the story in full.

🛑 Manchester sides cannot play at home on same night

2019-03-15T10:21:17Z

"Manchester City and Manchester United will not be able to play at home on the same night, nor on consecutive nights, following a decision made by the relevant local authorities," UEFA has said.

"Therefore, should both clubs be drawn at home in the same week, the team having finished lower in the domestic league the previous season – in this case Manchester United – will be reversed in accordance with the UEFA Club Competitions Committee principles.

"Any potential reversal for the semi-finals, for the same reason, would be confirmed after the quarter-finals."

🔴⚪️ Can Arsenal go all the way?

2019-03-15T10:16:53Z

Unai Emery is a Europa League aficionado, having won the trophy three times during his tenure as Sevilla head coach, and he will be aiming to secure another as Arsenal boss.

The Gunners overturned a 3-1 defeat against Rennes in the first leg of their last 16 tie by winning 3-0 at the Emirates Stadium to ensure their place in the hat for today's draw.

Of course, the North London outfit fell at the semi-final stage in last season's tournament, losing out to eventual victors Atletico Madrid.

❌ Barca fans want to avoid Man City

2019-03-15T10:10:46Z

Barcelona are running a series of polls on their official website asking fans who they want and who they don't want in the draw.

At the time of writing, it seems that the Cules definitely want to avoid Pep Guardiola's Manchester City. However they seem to be somewhat torn over coming up against Juventus and that man Cristiano Ronaldo, with 24% saying they'd like to face their old foe and 26% saying they'd like to avoid him.

The team Barca fans are really hoping for though, is Porto.

🗣 Solskjaer: We don't mind who we get

2019-03-15T10:05:47Z

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer doesn't care who his side gets in the quarter-final of the Champions League.

"We don't really mind who we play because it's going to be a tough game and if you're going to get to the final and win it, you have to beat everyone anyway," said Solskjaer.

The Red Devils boss is also impressed by the fact that there are SIX Premier League teams remaining across the two UEFA tournaments.

"It says a lot about the quality [of the league]," added the Norwegian.

"And it's not like any of us have had easy teams to play against. Dortmund, Munich and PSG, have been beaten so it's a testament to the Premier League."

 

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⚽️ Which teams are in the Europa League draw?

2019-03-15T09:57:57Z

Premier League, La Liga and Serie A among those represented.

The Europa League draw is likely to get started roughly an hour after the Champions League draw, so around 12 noon GMT (8am ET).

You can check out the teams that are involved in those draws below:

🇬🇧 Arsenal

🇵🇹 Benfica

🇬🇧 Chelsea

🇩🇪 Eintracht Frankfurt

🇮🇹 Napoli

🇨🇿 Slavia Prague

🇪🇸 Valencia

🇪🇸 Villarreal

There are two teams from England and two teams from Spain, with the rest hailing from Italy, Czech Republic, Germany and Portugal.

⚽️ Which teams are in the Champions League draw?

2019-03-15T09:47:25Z

Four teams from England are involved.

You can see the teams involved in the Champions League quarter-final and semi-final draws below:

🇳🇱 Ajax

🇪🇸 Barcelona

🇮🇹 Juventus

🇬🇧 Liverpool

🇬🇧 Manchester City

🇬🇧 Manchester United

🇵🇹 Porto

🇬🇧 Tottenham

As you can see, there are four teams from England involved in the last eight, which means there is a good chance a team from the Premier League could go all the way for the first time since 2012 - when Chelsea won the title. However, there is no country protection at this stage, so they could well end up being drawn against one another.

⏱ When does the draw start?

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Stay tuned!

Draw proceedings are set to get under way at 11am GMT (that's 7am ET).

The Champions League draw will take place first, with the Europa League draw to follow.

There's usually a lengthy preamble to these draw ceremonies, with UEFA officials explaining how it all works and looking back on the highlights of the tournaments so far.

The draws themselves don't take that long though - blink and you might miss it! Fear not though, we've got you covered. 👍

🙌 Draw day is here!

2019-03-15T09:41:36Z

Hello and welcome to Goal's coverage of the Champions League and Europa League draws.

We'll be bringing you all the latest news and developments from both draws as they happen, so stick around!