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Champions League Quarter-Finals Dominated By English Teams

Manchester City, premiership top club may be favorites to win the Champions League this season.

Recall that this the third time in four seasons they have been to the last eight, and in Pep Guardiola they have a two-time winning manager with Barcelona.

City have won six of their eight Champions League games this season – including a 6-0 win over Shakhtar Donetsk and the 7-0 thrashing of Schalke that helped take them into the quarter-finals.

Liverpool on their part are hoping to go one better than last season when they lost to Real Madrid in the final.

Since then they have replaced error-prone goalkeeper Loris Karius with one of the world’s best in Alisson, become more solid at the back and brought in almost £100m worth of midfielders in Fabinho and Naby Keita.

The five-time European champions have won at crucial stages this season, picking up the 1-0 win against Napoli they needed to progress from the group stages and beating Bayern Munich 3-1 in Germany after drawing the first leg at home.

Manchester United are a team reborn under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, picking up a famous 3-1 win at Paris St-Germain with an injury-ravaged team to go through on away goals.

The 1968, 1999 and 2008 champions became the first team in European Cup history to overcome a 2-0 or greater home first-leg deficit.

Some of the missing players have started to return so United should be getting stronger, and of course Solskjaer has Champions League history, scoring United’s injury-time winner against Bayern in 1999.

Tottenham have shown good progression year on year in Europe, going out in the group stages in 2016-17 and the last 16 last year. But this time round they beat then Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund 4-0 on aggregate to reach the quarter-finals.

Spurs have shown a battling touch this season, too. They were 12 minutes away from going out after four games – but scored twice late on against PSV to stay in the tournament, before beating Inter Milan and drawing against Barcelona go to through.

And they are finally expected to finally be in their new stadium before the quarter-finals.

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