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Tottenham Champions League draw: Spurs to face Premier League rivals Man City in quarter-finals

The Independent logo The Independent 15/03/2019 Jack de Menezes
Mauricio Pochettino, Pep Guardiola are posing for a picture © Provided by Independent Digital News & Media Limited

Tottenham Hotspur will face Manchester City in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, with first leg set to be played at the new White Hart Lane before heading to the Etihad Stadium for the return fixture.

Spurs are looking to reach the last four of the Champions League for just the second time in their history, with their one and only semi-final appearance coming in 1961/62 when they suffered a 4-3 aggregate defeat against Portuguese side Benfica.

Their task could not be any harder if the bookmakers are to be believed as City were pre-draw favourites to win the entire Champions League, giving Mauricio Pochettino’s side the worst possible outcome.

But they at least know what to expect in facing City, having pushed them close in a 1-0 defeat in the Premier League back in October. Furthermore, not only will they face City across the two legs in mid-April, but they also meet Pep Guardiola’s side for a third time in the league on Saturday 20 April, pitting the two sides together three times in the space of 10 days.

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The two Premier League clubs watched on as both Ajax and Juventus were drawn out in the first tie of the last eight, ensuring that there would be at least one all-Premier League tie due to the presence of four English clubs in the quarter-finals.

And while Liverpool and Manchester United avoided each other in the remainder of the draw, it was Spurs and Manchester City who were placed together to renew their domestic rivalry next month.

The first leg will be played on Tuesday 9 April and Spurs hope to be in place to stage the match at their new stadium in north London, although Wembley Stadium remains on standby should any further delays arise.

The return leg at the Etihad Stadium will then take place on Wednesday 17 April.

Whoever emerges from the tie victorious will then face either Ajax or Juventus in the semi-finals, hosting the first leg before travelling abroad for the second leg, and it means that neither Spurs nor City can face United, Liverpool, Barcelona or Porto until the final.

Champions League quarter-final draw in full:

Ajax v Juventus

Liverpool v Porto

Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester City

Barcelona vs Manchester United

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