Mourinho sees Premier League pairings as ideal Champions League quarter-final line-up

  • Mourinho sees Premier League pairings as ideal Champions League quarter-final line-up

Mourinho sees Premier League pairings as ideal Champions League quarter-final line-up

The UEFA Champions League 2018/19 is now down to eight teams and the draw to decide the quarter-final fixtures is nearly upon us.

In Liverpool's next appearance at this stage of the competition they edged out Juventus, then Chelsea in the semi-finals, before THAT famous comeback victory over AC Milan in the 2004/05 Final.

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

"With the others, Juventus can play on equal terms".

The Blues also knockout out Liverpool in the next season's quarter-finals (7-5 - after that engrossing 4-4 second-leg), while the club's most recent showing was last season when they beat Man City in the last-8, but would go on to lose out to Real Madrid in the Final.

Liverpool FC will return to Premier League action on Sunday afternoon when they travel to Fulham.

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

The win against of Bayern Munich had underscored the impression that Jürgen Klopp's side are a team going places, but James Milner could not help dwelling on what might have been. Not since Bayern's Wembley win against Dortmund in 2013 has a Champions League been won without one of them in the victorious team and there has been no sign of either of them slowing up in this season's competition.

Whether he was joking or not, it's fair to suggest that Juventus knew exactly what they getting when they signed Ronaldo from Real Madrid last summer.

Pep Guardiola's free-scoring City are the favourites with the bookmakers after their 10-2 aggregate thrashing of German club Schalke in the last 16.

Any English club reaching this year's Champions League final will not be given enough tickets to even satisfy the demands of their season-ticket holders.

"There are worse teams that have done well and got to finals".