The draws for the UEFA Champions League and Europa League were held on Friday, and they threw up some mammoth encounters to look forward to in the quarter-final stage of both competitions. Fans of all the top clubs in Europe took to Twitter to share amazement, joy, disappointment and humour.
The Champions League has thrown up some pretty interesting encounters, as Barcelona face La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid, and cash-rich clubs Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City are scheduled to clash. The Europa League has thrown up a gem of a draw with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool coming up against his former club Borussia Dortmund.
Klopp up against ex-club Dortmund. It just had to happen.
This is the one encounter that the otherwise exuberant Jurgen Klopp will have mixed feelings about. After Liverpool dumped Manchester United out of the Europa League and qualified for the quarter-finals, the German had even specifically said that he wouldn’t fancy facing ‘the strongest team’ in the race — Borussia Dortmund — at this stage of the competition.
However, Liverpool were drawn against the very team that Klopp led to such heady heights in his previous stint as a manager. The German now has a re-union to look forward to at the Signal Iduna Park in April.
Poor Klopp has to visit his ex who is doing exceptionally well with her new partner.
— Luca (@luc_bvb) March 18, 2016
Klopp will return to his old club… pic.twitter.com/cQpIdX1G9H
— Paddy Power (@paddypower) March 18, 2016
Return of the Klopp. pic.twitter.com/VoDCOJyWFN
— Soccer St. (@SoccerSt_) March 18, 2016
@NourAridi2 The “Klopp Derby” will be a beautiful battle, with two sets of phenomenal fans. Appreciate it, YNWA
— Issam Kayssi (@issamkayssi) March 18, 2016
Get ready for ‘El Cashico’ between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City
Although both PSG and Manchester City have had quite a lively history, they likely would not have been counted among the top clubs in Europe if it weren’t for extravagant cash transfusions that elevated them from the status of decent clubs to super clubs chock-full of global superstars.
Manchester City made history by making it to the quarter-finals for the first time this year, while PSG have become regulars in the UEFA Champions league quarter-finals of late. They have had problems getting past this stage though, and if they can see off City, it would be their first Champions League semi-final appearance in more than two decades.
An impostor masquerading as Gareth Bale has dubbed this match ‘El Cashico’ and most of Twitter agrees.
— Indy Football (@IndyFootball) March 18, 2016
Man City vs PSG? More like El Ca$hico hahahahahaha I’m so alone and never known the touch of a woman please RT
— Gareth Bale (@GarethBale22) March 18, 2016
Hearing reports that PSG are set to play Man City on an oil rig
— JG (@WilshereEra) March 18, 2016
PSG vs City pic.twitter.com/lPdJVzxNys
— Footy Jokes (@Footy_Jokes) March 18, 2016
La Liga’s biggest fighters clash against the reigning champions
Faced with richer, more influential, more fancied opponents in Real Madrid and Barcelona, Atletico have proven time and again that they have the resilience and zeal to go for glory. This time around they face the club that they have been stalking domestically over the past couple of seasons — the seemingly unstoppable force that is Barcelona.
However, Diego Simeone remains a mastermind, Diego Godin is a boulder in defence, and Antoine Greizmann is the main man for Los Rojiblancos. This encounter could turn out to be the best of the lot.
Atletico eliminated Barcelona from the Ucl 2 years ago. Now its Barcelona’s turn to take the revenge! pic.twitter.com/QaotPX1zZY
— 8 Troll Football (@8TrollFootball) March 18, 2016
@ChampionsLeague Barcelona vs Atletico will probably be the most physical of the 4 matches
— Marcus Martinez (@texanfan3185) March 18, 2016
Barcelona-Atletico will be like one of those YouTube videos where they drop lava on ice.
— Musa Okwonga (@Okwonga) March 18, 2016
All in all it looks like we’re in for some great action this April.
— Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) March 18, 2016
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