The Champions League quarterfinal draw has revealed some epic ties this season. Manchester City will square off against fellow Premier League side Tottenham Hotspurs. City will have the challenge of overcoming a PL team in the quarterfinals for the second successive season. This time, they will be hoping to snatch victory from Spurs considering that last year’s runner-up Liverpool beat them. Given their performance in the Premier League this season, Oddschecker will surely back them for a CL triumph.
Twelve months ago, City were thrashed 3-0 in a first-leg defeat at Anfield. before losing 2-1 in the return game at the Etihad. And they face another highly charged away leg this time, with Spurs aiming to stage their home tie at their new stadium. Mauricio Pochettino’s team are a threat on their own, but playing in their spectacular new ground could give them an extra edge.
Pep Guardiola, the only coach left in the Champions League to have won it previously, is under pressure to deliver European glory at City, and this is a good draw overall, considering they have avoided Barcelona, Juventus, Liverpool and neighbours United.
City have the greater depth and quality, plus the experience of being at this stage of the competition before, but Spurs are dangerous, and this tie could go all the way to penalties before we know who will face Ajax or Juventus in the semis.
But before that, Pep Guardiola’s City will be facing Swansea, Fulham and Cardiff. Swansea and Fulham will be away games while Manchester City will host Cardiff. Between both legs of the Tottenham game, City will square off against Crystal Palace. Interestingly Man City will go up against Tottenham just two days after the second leg of the Champions League. Both games will be held at the Etihad Stadium.