With four English sides left in the latter stages of the Champions League, it was always likely that at least two Premier League sides were going to be paired together, and that’s exactly what happened with Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City.
The two heavyweights will square off at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the first-leg on 9th April, with the return leg at the Etihad Stadium a week later. As ever, it promises to be an enthralling tie that will contain all the thrills and spills you’d come to expect. When English sides go toe-to-toe in Europe’s elite competition, there’s never a dull moment, so let’s take a look back at the last three all-English clashes ahead of this year’s quarter-final.
Liverpool vs Manchester City – 2017/18 – Quarter-finals – (5-1 aggregate)
You only have to go back to last season to find the most recent all-English Champions League clash, and it was a surprisingly straight forward victory for Liverpool. Jürgen Klopp’s side had home advantage in the first-leg, and simply tore Manchester City to shreds in a comfortable 3-0 win. It was a minor shock owing to how dominant City had been in the league up until that point, with goals from Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sadio Mane proving the difference at Anfield.
The return leg at the Etihad saw the Merseysiders pick up another famous win, with goals from Salah and Roberto Firmino enough to overturn Gabriel Jesus’ early strike. For all of City’s dominance in the second-leg, Liverpool’s fine defensive display meant they had safe passage to semi-finals.
Chelsea vs Manchester United – 2010/11 – Quarter-finals – (1-3 aggregate)
This tie won’t go down as a Champions League classic, but will live long in the memory of Manchester United fans. The Red Devils travelled to Stamford Bridge to face a Chelsea side who were looking to take advantage of playing at home, but Wayne Rooney had other ideas. The striker scored the game’s only goal before half-time to ensure a precious lead was taken back to Old Trafford.
In the return leg, Goals from Javier Hernandez and Park Ji-sung either side of a Didier Drogba goal meant that Sir Alex Ferguson’s side had safe passage to the semis. Bundesliga side Schalke were up next for United and they eased past the Germans before a Lionel Messi-inspired Barcelona beat them 3-1 in the final.
Arsenal vs Manchester United – 2008/09 – Semi-finals – (1-4 aggregate)
It’s hard to believe that it was ten years ago that Cristiano Ronaldo scored arguably his greatest United goal in the Champions League. The Portuguese superstar scored twice at the Emirates Stadium, putting Arsenal to the sword in a 3-1 win. Park gave the Red Devils an early lead before Ronaldo thundered in an unstoppable 40-yard free-kick, adding his second late on after a devastating counter-attack. Robin van Persie’s late consolation gave the Gunners a glimmer of hope for the return leg.
The tie at Old Trafford was largely uneventful, with John O’Shea scoring the game’s only goal to ensure that Ferguson’s side made the final in Rome, before going down 2-0 to Barcelona in the final.
Tottenham vs Manchester City – 2018/19 – Quarter finals – predicted aggregate score (2-6)
Realistically, it’s hard to see City not progressing to the semi-finals with the abundance of talent their squad boasts. From Ederson in goal to Sergio Aguero up top, there’s barely a chink in the Citizens’ armour, and it’ll take a monumental effort from Spurs to make the last four. With that said, Mauricio Pochettino’s side were simply awesome as they dismantled Borussia Dortmund 4-0 on aggregate, but City are a different kettle of fish altogether.
The first-leg is likely to determine the outcome of the tie, and City usually do very well in North London and you can expect the same come 9th April. A three or four goal victory to take back to the north west will surely be enough for City and they’ll likely beat Spurs again on home turf.
Of course, Spurs do have it in them to cause an upset but owing to their bad run in the league, it won’t be happening this season. Think Tottenham can cause an upset? Check out all the Betfair UEFA Champions League odds right now.