Niko Kovac slams Premier League spending after Bayern crash out

Niko Kovac slams Premier League spending after Bayern crash out

Niko Kovac slams Premier League spending after Bayern crash out

Erik ten Haag's young team have been one of the stories of the season in the Champions League, with emerging stars such as Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt blending with the more experienced Daley Blind and Dusan Tadic to restore Ajax's reputation on the biggest stage.

They would both fall short in their respective pursuits, but the manner of this victory on a stormy Wednesday night fuelled belief that Liverpool could land the Premier League crown.

Liverpool are a point behind Manchester City in the Premier League, while the Reds are set for a Champions League quarter-final meeting with Porto.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told his Manchester United players to write their own history in Barcelona - and ignore talk of the club being fated to win the Champions League 20 years after he delivered one of their greatest ever nights at the Nou Camp.

Juventus have lost five finals since then but are hoping Ronaldo can fire them to glory this season after his hat-trick knocked out Atletico Madrid on Tuesday. This tie looks like Liverpool all the way.

In fact, here at The Sportsman we've meticulously scanned the fixture list and plucked out FOUR crunch clashes that take place over a pivotal 25 day period, which could decide whether the coveted trophy ends up in Manchester or Merseyside.

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he is relaxed about the prospect of facing Tottenham three times in 12 days, and says their Champions League tie is "50/50".

Liverpool blew Pep Guardiola's all-conquering Manchester City away in the first leg with an fantastic 3-0 win at Anfield.

"When I spoke with my chairman, CEO, sporting director, the people here working know and they give credit for what we have done in the last two seasons".

Fast forward to the first leg of their Champions League trip to the holders Barcelona in the last 16, and those same two men would prove to be the match winners, in an astonishing performance which helped Rafa Benitez's side to a famous victory. Manchester United or Barcelona will face Liverpool or Porto in the semifinals.

Real Madrid's exit will increase Barca's determination to go all the way, but they will be mindful of the threat posed by Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba for United. The final match of this pivotal blockbuster quadruple takes place at Old Trafford.

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