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MARTIN KEOWN: Manchester City get the better of Spurs... but don't write off Manchester United

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Manchester City should get the job done against Spurs... but don't write off Manchester United in BarcelonaManchester City drew Tottenham in the Champions League quarter finalsLiverpool face Porto while Manchester United take on Lionel Messi's Barcelona In the Europa League, Arsenal face Napoli while Chelsea take on Slavia Prague Sportsmail columnist Martin Keown has given his verdict on European draws 

The draw for the Champions League quarter-finals was made on Friday and there are some mouthwatering showdowns in store.

Manchester City take on Tottenham in all-English affair while Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will return to the Nou Camp for the first time since his heroics in 1999. Liverpool, meanwhile, will take on Portuguese champions Porto. 

Sportsmail columnist Martin Keown has cast his eye over the quarter-final draws and given his verdict on the chances of European success for the remaining English clubs.

The Champions League quarter final draws were conducted on Friday in Nyon, Switzerland

What are your first impressions of the draw… and who do you think will win the competition?

All four ties are magnificent. It is great that we could have three English teams in the semi-finals.

I went for Manchester City to win the Champions League at the start of the season and I’m sticking with that prediction.

With City and Liverpool on opposite sides of the draw, there is still the prospect that they could meet in the final.

Already in an epic tussle for the Premier League title, they could end up battling each other to be crowned European champions.

Sportsmail columnist Martin Keown has given his verdict on the outcomes of the four ties


Are Liverpool back to their best after their brilliant win at Bayern Munich? 

Liverpool seem to save their best performances for the European stage. This victory will give them the belief they can go on to win the Premier League.

Their front three – Salah, Mane and Firmino - looked hungry and back to their best. Virgil van Dijk oozed class.

There was only one team in control of that match and it was Liverpool.

They will be very happy at drawing Porto – a team they beat 5-0 on aggregate last season.


Virgil van Dijk is in exceptional form and Liverpool should have no trouble against Porto


I’ve said that City will win the competition so I expect them to get the job done against Spurs but it won’t be easy.

You only have to look at the contrasting workloads for the two teams. If Brighton win their FA Cup quarter-final on Saturday, Tottenham will have their feet up the weekend before they are due to play the first leg.

City have a gruelling run of six games in just 18 days in which they will play Spurs three times, a potential FA Cup semi-final, a Manchester derby at Old Trafford and a tricky trip to Crystal Palace.


Martin Keown has backed Manchester City to beat Tottenham and go on to win the tournament


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer goes back to the Nou Camp for the first time since his heroics in 1999. They can’t beat Barcelona… can they?

You could not have written a better script… and you cannot write off Solskjaer.

Plenty of people thought his magic had worn off after United were beaten 2-0 at home by PSG. They responded by winning at Chelsea in the FA Cup and pulling off an incredible comeback in the return leg in Paris.

On paper, Barcelona should be too strong for United. Lionel Messi blew them away at Wembley in the final eight years ago and his powers are not waning.

But United have already won at Juventus and PSG this season. Why can’t they add Barcelona to their list of scalps?

Premier League teams are strong in Europe once again and I can see United springing a surprise here.


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will return to the Nou Camp and Keown has backed a shock result


Can Ajax knock out Ronaldo and Juventus?

If Cristiano Ronaldo wins this for the sixth time, surely they have to name the competition after him!

Juventus were staring at the exit until Ronaldo worked his magic. Success in this competition seems to drive him.

Don’t count out Ajax, though. This is a magnificent young team who were better than Real Madrid over both legs.

Ronaldo and Juventus to go through – but it won’t be easy.


Cristiano Ronaldo's supreme display against Atletico shows why Ajax should fear Juventus


What about the Europa League?

It will be a hugely disappointing campaign for Chelsea if they do not at least reach the final from here.

Arsenal have the tougher route to the final. How they fare in the home leg will be crucial. They have beaten Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United at the Emirates and were excellent in their draw with Liverpool there.

Napoli will not look forward to that game and if Arsenal make home advantage count, I can see them getting through.


The Europa League quarter finals were also drawn in Nyon featuring Arsenal and Chelsea

Arsenal will take on Napoli while Chelsea take on Slavia Prague in the Europa League last-eight

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