What is Barcelona's history with their potential Champions League opponents?

Tanya Simon
March 15, 2019

Barcelona and Juventus remain formidable threats in Friday's draw, but both will be hoping to avoid the English sides, in particular Manchester City and Liverpool who are engaged in the tightest domestic title battle in Europe's big leagues.

Manchester United beat PSG last week to qualify while Tottenham Hotspur made light work of Borussia Dortmund.

United's unexpected victory over PSG also ensures that they will be regarded as a risky outsider in Friday's draw, but while it's inevitable that the focus will be on the prospect of a first English Champions League victor this season since Chelsea in 2012, it would be wise to consider the threat posed by Messi and Ronaldo, with Barca and Juve respectively, to Premier League ambitions.

"They would all need a period to psychologically switch off and we'd have to look at Champions League final players when we got to it".

Although some pointed out that each of the teams are managed by different nationalities - with Argentinian Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs, Norway's Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at United, Germany's Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool, and Spain's Pep Guardiola at City - and not to mention a mass of foreign players in the ranks.

This has been the era of Messi and Ronaldo in the Champions League.

"Two great teams that are not being successful in the Champions League for a few years, of course Juventus so much more than Barcelona". For example, hypothetically if Barcelona vs Tottenham and Manchester United vs Juventus are clubbed together in the quarterfinals, then the winners of these two matches will face each other in the semis.

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Top of Group F and produced commanding victory over Schalke in the Round of 16, winning the second leg 7-0 for 10-2 on aggregate.

Former Espanyol coach Mauricio Pochettino would relish the opportunity to face his former club's fierce opponents and to try to eliminate them from the tournament.

This is the first time England has had four teams in the quarter-finals since Liverpool and United were joined by Arsenal and Chelsea in the 2008-09 campaign.

Secondly there is no joy in the other English teams being there.

"Every team left in the competition is a good side", said Milner.

"You can't tell your players to not try in the Champions League because we want to put all our eggs in the Premier League basket, its hard enough to win any tournament, especially when Manchester City are around".

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