Man City have Juve and Barca on their path to glory

Saturday, July 11th, 2020 00:00 |
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola look perplexed during a recent league match. BELOW: Manchester United’s Paul Pogba (centre) celebrates scoring his team’s third goal with team mates Bruno Fernandes (L) and Victor Lindelof during their EPL match against Aston Villa on Thursday. Photo/AFP

Manchester City will face either Juventus or Lyon, should they progress to the Champions League quarter-finals, while Chelsea will face either Napoli or Barcelona if they stage an almighty comeback against Bayern Munich.

City look set to reach the quarter-finals after a brilliant 2-1 last-16 first-leg win at Real Madrid on February 26. The two teams will meet again at the Etihad Stadium on August 7 to conclude that tie.

Meanwhile, Chelsea face an uphill battle to reach the last eight after losing 3-0 at home to Bayern Munich on February 25. The return leg in Bavaria also takes place on August 7. 

Elsewhere RB Leipzig, conquerors of Tottenham in the last 16, will face Atletico Madrid - with the latter disposing of defending champions Liverpool at the same stage too.

The other tie that is fixed sees Italian outfit Atalanta face French giants Paris Saint-Germain. All of the quarter-finals will take place across August 12-15.

Should City progress through their last-16 and quarter-final ties, Pep Guardiola’s men would face Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Barcelona or Napoli in the semi-finals.

RB Leipzig or Atletico Madrid will face Atalanta or PSG in the other semi-final, which will provide the ‘home’ team for the final at the empty Estadio da Luz on August 23.

It was a positive draw for those four clubs as they have managed to avoid the big-hitters.

PSG and Lyon have been the only two teams still in the competition that have not returned to action domestically, after the French top flight was finished early due to the pandemic. 

Beforehand though, there are four last-16 ties to be completed. 

Aside from City and Chelsea, the second legs of Juventus versus Lyon (0-1 on aggregate) and Barcelona versus Napoli (1-1 on agg) need to be played.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic the quarter-finals and semi-finals will be one-legged affairs as opposed to the traditional two.

The competition’s completion will take over 12 days in Portugal with all ties behind closed doors. The final will be held at Benfica’s Stadium of Light on August 23 in Lisbon.

Sportsmail’s NATHAN SALT provided live coverage of Champions League draw to provide confirmation of the quarter and semi-final clashes to take place plus build-up.

Meanwhile, Manchester United will face either Copenhagen or Istanbul Basaksehir in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Europa League if they overcome LASK - and may meet Wolves in an all-English semi-final.

Wolves, however, will face a tough quarter-final against either Sevilla or Roma if they beat Olympiacos in their last-16 tie.

Rangers are on course to face either Inter Milan or Getafe in the quarter-finals if they can overturn their 3-1 first leg deficit against Bayer Leverkusen.

Intriguingly, United and Wolves will meet in the semi-finals of the competition if they both progress that far.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team have one foot in the quarter-finals after thrashing Austrians LASK 5-0 in the first leg prior to the football shutdown in March.

Their quarter-final match against either Turkish club Istanbul Basaksehir or Danes Copenhagen will be played during the finals tournament to be staged in Germany in August. Basaksehir lead that tie 1-0 following the first leg.

Wolves, meanwhile, drew 1-1 with Olympiacos in Greece back in March but would face a daunting quarter-final challenge against Sevilla or Roma, who weren’t able to play the first leg of their last-16 tie amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, if the Molineux club get through those games, they could face United in an all-English semi-final played in Germany.


\Rangers trail Leverkusen 3-1 following their home first leg at Ibrox but would go through to play either Inter or Getafe if they can turn things around in the return.

The other quarter-final match-up sees Wolfsburg or Shakhtar Donetsk face either Eintracht Frankfurt or Basel.

The outstanding second legs of the last-16 ties will be played at the stadiums of the home sides - so, for example, United will play LASK at Old Trafford and Wolves face Olympiacos at Molineux.

Where a last-16 tie wasn’t able to get underway in March, one leg will be played only at a neutral venue in Germany. These games will be played on August 5-6.

The eight remaining teams will then travel to Germany with the one-legged quarter-final ties scheduled for August 10-11 and set to be held at ether Cologne, Dusseldorf, Duisburg or Gelsenkirchen.

The semi-finals are pencilled in for August 16-17 with the final to be played at the RheinEnergieStadion in Cologne on August 21.

United have never previously played Basaksehir, who were runners-up in last season’s Turkish league but currently top the division by four points from Trabzonspor.

They played Copenhagen in the group stages of the 2006-07 Champions League, winning 3-0 at Old Trafford but losing 1-0 in Denmark.

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