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Manchester United supporters have reacted enthusiastically to the prospect of facing Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Instead, they ended up getting the worst possible outcome when they drew Barcelona, with rivals Liverpool and Manchester City getting off relatively lightly, drawing Porto and Tottenham respectively.

City have won their last three games against Mauricio Pochettino's side but Guardiola is taking nothing for granted after Friday's draw, which also saw last year's beaten finalists Liverpool receive arguably the most favourable tie after being paired with Porto.

The first legs will be played on April 9-10, with the return games on April 16-17.

It means the two sides are set to play each other three times in just 11 days with Tottenham due to visit City's Etihad Stadium in the Premier League on the 20th of April.

The most eye-catching of all those fixtures was the one between Barcelona and Manchester United while arguably, Liverpool have been handed the easiest opposition in the lot.

The draw contained four English clubs for the first time since 2009 when Manchester United went on to reach the final in Rome.

City, chasing an unprecedented quadruple, beat Tottenham 1-0 at Wembley in October in the Premier League in their only meeting so far this season.

Liverpool will face Porto, a team the five-time champions beat in the last 16 last season.

City, who visit Swansea City in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Saturday, remain in the hunt to win four major trophies this season and those hopes will be boosted when star midfielder Kevin De Bruyne returns from a hamstring injury after the worldwide break.

Former Liverpool goalkeeper Chris Kirkland was delighted by the draw, telling Sky Sports News: "I'd prefer being at home for the second leg but I'm extremely happy".

First leg: 30 April / 1 May. Ajax won in 1973, the third of their four European titles, and Juventus won their second title in 1996.

City have already lifted the Carabao Cup this season. They will play Juventus, who destroyed another Spanish side, Atlético Madrid, who will host the final at the Wanda Metropolitano but won't be in it.

Jurgen Klopp's Reds are among the favorites having gone all the way to the final a year ago before losing to Real Madrid.


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