Pep Guardiola has stated Erling Haaland is among the greatest gamers on the earth however he refused to talk about his curiosity within the striker after Manchester City landed in opposition to Borussia Dortmund within the Champions League quarter-final draw.
Haaland is among the names on City’s radar this summer season and the opposite Premier League golf equipment nonetheless within the competitors might be relieved to have prevented the 20-year-old. Chelsea will face Porto and Liverpool might be out for revenge once they meet Actual Madrid, who beat them within the 2018 remaining.
The draw threw up fascinating storylines. There might be a resumption of hostilities between Chelsea and Liverpool on the European stage in the event that they win their respective ties, and City’s reward in the event that they beat Dortmund might be a frightening semi-final in opposition to the holders, Bayern Munich, or Paris Saint-Germain, who met in final season’s remaining.
First, although, City want to cope with Haaland. The Norway worldwide, additionally a goal for Chelsea and Manchester United, has scored 37 objectives for membership and nation this season and his exploits for Dortmund have caught Guardiola’s eye.
“The numbers communicate for themselves,” City’s supervisor stated. “He is among the greatest on the earth at his age. I noticed just a few video games, seen highlights of him, and the numbers are spectacular. I do know the standard of him and I believe everybody is aware of.”
Haaland’s father, Alf-Inge, performed for City, who’ve by no means gone past the semi-finals of the match. Guardiola, although, refused to discuss signing the ahead. “He’s a participant for Dortmund,” he stated. “I don’t prefer it when folks discuss our gamers, you perceive I can’t reply this query.”
Liverpool, who’ve endured a tough home marketing campaign, could have loads of motivation once they meet Madrid. There was controversy when Jürgen Klopp’s facet misplaced to the Spanish champions three years in the past. Mohamed Salah was injured following a robust problem by Sergio Ramos.
Salah’s substitution modified the dynamic of the match and Madrid, impressed by Gareth Bale, clinched victory within the second half. But Liverpool, who gained the Champions League in 2019, won’t be overawed about going through Zinedine Zidane’s facet, who’ve struggled in Europe up to now two seasons.
“It’s clearly a tricky draw, however I’m wonderful with it as a result of in the event you have a look at all the opposite groups you assume ‘Oh my god’ as a result of they’re all robust,” Klopp stated. “I’m actually wanting ahead to the video games. It’s solely simply over two years in the past that we confronted them and it was a tricky evening for us, so to get the possibility to play them once more is cool.”
Chelsea, who reached the final eight for the primary time since 2014 after beating Atlético Madrid, are favourites in opposition to Porto. But Thomas Tuchel is just not fascinated by a repeat of Chelsea’s 2005 semi-final in opposition to Liverpool, warning that Porto upset Juventus within the final spherical.
“Many individuals will perhaps now make us favourites in opposition to Porto,” Chelsea’s supervisor stated. “That won’t assist us as a result of you may ask in Turin their opinion about whether or not it helps you to be favourites.”
PSG, who knocked out Barcelona within the final 16, could have their work reduce out in opposition to Bayern. “Troublesome draw, however surprises exist,” PSG’s supervisor, Mauricio Pochettino, stated. “We knocked out Barcelona and now we give attention to Bayern.”
The quarter-final ties are due to be performed on 6-7 and 13-14 April, with the semi-finals later that month and in early Might.