PREVIEW UEFA Champions League

Mon 15 Apr by Mark Gleeson


Liverpool and Manchester City kept their thrilling battle for the English Premier League on a knife’s edge again at the weekend as they both won on Sunday.
But there will be a contrasting assignments tomorrow when the two clubs are back in action, this time in the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.
Liverpool take a 2-0 lead to FC Porto and are the banker bet to advance to the last four, although not necessarily with a victory in Portugal.
They should have won the first leg at Anfield by a more convincing margin given how brightly they started, although by the end Porto did threaten an away goal.
But the gulf in quality is such that Liverpool’s progress is not really under threat.That cannot be said of Pep Guardiola’s men, who trail Tottenham Hotspur by a single goal, and are set for an epic battle.City are still fighting on four fronts for an unprecedented sweep of the English league, FA Cup, Champions League and the League Cup, which is already in the trophy cabinet.Guardiola has said he does not think that is possible, suggesting therefore that one, or maybe more, have to give.Last season, City were unceremoniously dumped out at the same stage of the Champions League in another all-English tie against Liverpool and this could happen again tomorrow, especially given Spurs are left with only the Champions League to show for a solid campaign.Harry Kane might be out injured but Lucas Moura’s hat-trick at the weekend, albeit it against already relegated Huddersfield, showed their other options. The key man will be the Korean Son Heung-min, who was rested at the weekend and could be the catalyst for what will be an upset. Manchester United attempt an unlikely comeback against competition favourites Barcelona, who rested Lionel Messi at the weekend, and Juventus host Ajax Amsterdam.Juventus could have wrapped up the Italian title on Saturday but surprisingly lost, a sign maybe their minds are on the banana skin that the youthful Dutch side have proved already in this Champions League.

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