UEFA Releases Champions, Europa League Matches

 

 

The UEFA has released the Champions and Europa League fixtures featuring the last eight teams for each.

In the Champions League it is Barcelona Vs Manchester United, Juventus Vs Ajax, Tottenham Hotspur Vs Manchester City, Liverpool Vs Porto.

In the Europa, Arsenal squares with Napoli, while Villarreal meets Valencia and Benfica meets Eintracht Frankfurt and it’s Chelsea Vs S. Prague.

In the Champions League, the paired teams have met before. Twice in 2009 and 2011, Barca played and defeated Man U in the finals with Messi scoring the winning goal in both games.

Juventus and Ajax met in the 1996 final, playing 1-1 draw, and Juventus claimed victory after a penalty shootout, 4-2. A fortnight ago the Ajax team defeated the defending champions, Real Madrid, 5-2 aggregate, after spanking the Spanish giants 4-1 at Santiago Bernabeu.

Ajax talismanic Frank de Jong who was 10 years old when Juventus’ playmaker Cristian Ronaldo was already ruling the fields, said he would be glad to play against the five time world footballer of the year awardee.

For Man City, here is an opportunity to prove their current winning streak at the EPL is real as they have lost the two previous matches with home teams, Liverpool, last season and against Chelsea in 1970-71.

Liverpool removed Porto in the round of 16 last season, 5-0 aggregate. An upbeat manager, Jurgen Klopp has said they have a Porto expert within in addition to the fact that his team beat Porto last season, meaning he is cork sure to triumph again.