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Why Manchester United’s Champions League quarter-final dates could be reversed

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England national team manager Gareth Southgate's squad for this month's European Championship qualifiers has 13 players from four English clubs in the quarter-finals of the Champions League

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

The teams will learn their fate at Friday's draw, with this year's final taking place at Atletico Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano stadium on June 1.

Now second in the Primeira Liga table, Porto's squad consists of players such as Iker Casillas, Oliver Torres, Adrian Lopez, Pepe and Real Madrid's latest signing Eder Militao.

The last time the two teams faced each other was in the 2011 UEFA Supercup, when Barcelona won 2-0.

"They are playing brilliantly and the results have been awesome".

Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong has already signed for Barcelona, while Matthijs de Ligt is a target.

"It was a Champions League game and in these type of clashes it's normal that we have moments of tension and pressure because they're usually very tight games", he said.

"To have four teams in the last eight is great for England", said the Liverpool midfielder. The Premier League leaders thrashed Schalke 10-2 on aggregate with Pep Guardiola's side one of the favourites to raise silverware in Madrid. Ronaldo's never even been on the losing side against English opposition in the knock-out stages of the Champions League even dating back to his time at United, when Sir Alex Ferguson's men overcame the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal in all-English encounters.

"I wouldn't like Juventus against Barcelona because I think it would be something really special".

Jose Mourinho has claimed he hopes to see some English pairings in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

This season there are four English sides in the hat for the next round of European's elite competition - Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham - and ahead of the draw Mourinho was asked about his preferred quarter-final line-up.

This means that the chances are there will be at least one all English match during the next round of games in Europe's elite competition, as half of the teams remaining are from the Premier League.

"So have a go at trying to win everything and that is what they are trying to do".

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