Man City Manchester United will have to reverse their Champions League quarter-final and play away if Manchester City are drawn at home at the same time amid safety fears.
United and City will discover the identity of their quarter-final opponents when the draw for the last eight is made in Nyon on Friday morning.
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There is the prospect of the two clubs being paired together, or against fellow Premier League rivals Liverpool or Tottenham Hotspur, while Barcelona, Juventus, Ajax and Porto are the other potential opponents.
Yet Uefa has announced that if United or City are drawn at home on the same night or on consecutive nights, there will have to be an enforced switch with Greater Manchester Police and safety officials at Manchester City Council unwilling to host two huge matches in the city in the same week. The concern centres around safety and logistics.
Since United finished below City in the Premier League last season, they would be the club who would be forced to switch fixtures and play away when their rivals are at home. The same situation would apply if both clubs reached the semi-finals and were drawn to play on the same night or consecutive nights.
In a statement, Uefa said: Following a decision made by the relevant local authorities, Manchester City FC and Manchester United FC cannot play at home on the same night, nor on consecutive nights.
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Should both clubs be drawn within the same sequence [home or away], the team having finished lower in the domestic league the previous season – in this case Manchester United – will be reversed in accordance with the Uefa Club Competitions Committee principles.
Liverpool joined Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur in tomorrows draw as their poor run of form away from Anfield in Europe emphatically ended in the Allianz Arena with a stunning 3-1 triumph.
The match schedule for the quarter-finals [including a potential reversal involving Manchester United] will be communicated to all parties on Friday 15 March.
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In accordance with paragraph 21.01(b) of the UEFA Champions League regulations, the UEFA administration will determine which matches will be played on Tuesday, which matches on Wednesday.
The calendar for the semi-finals [including a potential reversal involving Manchester United, for the same reasons, if both clubs from Manchester are still remaining in the competition] will be communicated to all parties on 18 April 2019, following the return legs of the quarter-finals.
Sam Allardyce thinks Jurgen Klopp is feeling the pressure of delivering a Premier League title to the Liverpool supporters.
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The Reds had a seven-point lead at one point in January over their title rivals Manchester City but following some disappointing results, Klopp’s men are now one point behind City.
Despite that, Liverpool still find themselves in a good position, while they have a great chance of going into the quarter-finals of the Champions League when they face Bayern Munich tonight in the second leg of their last-16 clash.
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However, Allardyce thinks Klopp has looked “flustered” in in front of the media in recent weeks.
The Parkhead sides wage bill was comparable to Aston Villa (£16.6million) and Leeds United (£17.4million), plus much higher than Manchester City (£6.9million). However, that season City were playing in Englands third tier.
Occasionally people can get under your skin but you cant show the slightest sign of weakness because people will say youre losing it or youre out of control, and that can pass over to your players, Allardyce told talkSPORT.
Allardyce is also worried about the form of Liverpool’s attacking trio ahead of their match against Bayern Munich, he said: Lets hope they can get that extra bit of quality from their front line tonight because that could be the key for them to beat Bayern.
Theyre not firing on all cylinders at the moment and lots of people are talking about that. Its one of the reasons theyve slipped away from the top of the league.