Milner hoping to avoid all-English clash in Champions League quarter-finals

Ruben Hill
March 15, 2019

"To have four teams in the last eight is great for England", Liverpool midfielder Milner said.

As for the teams which Barça would be relieved to meet in the quarter finals, Iker Casilla's Porto or Manchester United look, on paper, the most accessible.

"I don't want to play any of the others, to be honest".

"We'll have to work all of that out as that goes on".

The Premier League ends on May 12 and the FA Cup final is the following weekend, while Arsenal and Chelsea could also be involved in Europa League final on May 29. Messi was instrumental during Barca's 5-1 Nou Camp win against Lyon on Wednesday, scoring twice and creating the others for the Spanish champions, while Ronaldo's hat-trick against Atletico Madrid in Turin 24 hours earlier was just the latest chapter in the Juventus forward's incredible Champions League story.

In particular, Mohamed Salah has struggled to find his goalscoring boots in recent weeks, with just one goal in his last seven league matches.

Tottenham were the first of the English teams to book their spot in the last-8 this season after they brushed aside a muted Borussia Dortmund.

"They deserve to be there and we know they will be tough teams".

The second legs of the eight round of 16 encounters were fairly interesting with Porto, Juventus, Ajax and Manchester United coming back from first leg losses.

The last time four English clubs reached the Champions League quarters?

"I don't see why not when he's gone to PSG with the team he's got and won", Giggs said, when asked if his former team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could land European football's biggest prize while in caretaker charge at Old Trafford.

They are doing so, so well during the competition that I think it would be fantastic for one of them.

"It would be awesome for Portugal as a country, Netherlands as a country, to have a team in the semi-final".

"There's no doubt Salah hasn't been at his best, but they need help from midfield".

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