Barcelona is all set to play against Manchester United in the last eight of the Champions League in a repetition of 2009 and 2011. Both these matches had been won by Catalans with some help from Lionel Messi with goals.
Manchester City is going to face Tottenham Hotspur in the class of in all Premier League. This is the first ever European meet that is going to take place. On the other hand, Juventus is going to meet Ajax Amsterdam. They are back in the last 8 after 16 years of absence. The fourth English representative, Liverpool is going to face Porto. This is a repetition of the last 16 ties of the previous year that they won 5-0 on aggregate.
The pair of the semi-final has also been made with Manchester City or Tottenham for facing Juventus or Ajax and Barcelona or Manchester United for meeting Port or Liverpool.
This draw gave a unique feel with neither Real Madrid nor Bayern Munich in the hat. It is for the first time that these significant European teams have failed to reach the last 8 since the year 2005-06.
Barcelona is in the last 8 for 12 seasons in a row and is going to be away in the first leg after the order had been switched in UEFA for avoiding the home match of Manchester United against Manchester City who is going to host Tottenham in the 2nd leg.
Ajax who is struggling to compete with clubs with the big league have ousted Real Madrid in the last sixteen and also their tie against Juventus is going to be a repeat of 1996 final.