(WFI) An all-England clash between Manchester City and Liverpool will certainly be one of the highlights of the upcoming quarterfinal stage of the Champions League.
The Premier League clubs were paired during the tournament’s draw that took place this Friday, March 16 in Switzerland.
Aside from the City-Liverpool clash, Italy’s champion Juventus was drawn with Real Madrid for this quarter-final round in a repeat of last season’s final game when the Spanish thrashed the Turin side 4-1.
In another Spain vs. Italy tie, Barcelona will play Roma while the other remaining Spanish team, Sevilla, will take on Bundesliga champions, Bayern Munich.
The City-Liverpool tie is by most accounts the hardest to predict. The clubs have already played each other twice in the Premier League this season. City destroyed Liverpool 5-0 back in September in a match which saw Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane score twice for Pep Guardiola’s side.
But in January Liverpool returned the favor and beat the Citizens 3-1 in the only loss the latter have suffered this season in the English Premier league.
Anfield will hold the first leg of the quarterfinal which will be played on April 4 with the second leg to be held on April 10 in Manchester .
April 3: Sevilla vs Bayern, Juventus vs Real Madrid
April 4: Barcelona vs Roma, Liverpool vs Man. City
April 10: Roma vs Barcelona, Man. City vs Liverpool
April 11: Bayern vs Sevilla, Real Madrid vs Juventus
Meanwhile, European soccer governing body UEFA said in a statement on Friday that 40,700 tickets would be available for “fans and the general public”.
The remaining tickets (22,300) have been allocated to the local organizing committee, UEFA and national associations, commercial partners and broadcasters among others.
The two finalists will receive 17,000 tickets each while 6,700 tickets available to fans worldwide.
Prices will go from 86 euros for the cheapest ticket to almost 500 euros for best seats in the Kyiv stadium, host of the final game.
By INSIDER Javier Monne
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