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RoadToKyiv: UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final Draw

Liverpool face Manchester City but Juventus’s meeting with Real Madrid in a repeat of last season’s final is perhaps the stand-out tie.


UEFA Champions Leage quarter-final draw
Barcelona (ESP) v Roma (ITA)
Sevilla (ESP) v Bayern München (GER)
Juventus (ITA) v Real Madrid (ESP, holders)
Liverpool (ENG) v Manchester City (ENG)

Draw facts
Barcelona (ESP) v Roma (ITA)
1st leg: 4 April, 2nd leg: 10 April

4 previous UEFA meetings:
1 Barcelona win
1 Roma win
2 draws
Most recent encounter came in the 2015/16 group stage, the Spanish side winning 6-1 in the Camp Nou with Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez both scoring twice.
Barcelona are 12 matches unbeaten against Italian sides at the Camp Nou (W9 D3).
Lionel Messi has 12 goals in 19 games against Serie A opposition at a rate of one every 136 minutes.
Sevilla (ESP) v Bayern München (GER)
1st leg: 3 April, 2nd leg: 11 April

These clubs have never met before in UEFA competition.
Bayern have lost on their last five trips to Spain; Sevilla have never lost at home to visitors from Germany (W7 D4).
Sevilla overcame German opposition in four of their five UEFA Cup/UEFA Europa League-winning campaigns.
Juventus (ITA) v Real Madrid (ESP, holders)
1st leg: 3 April, 2nd leg: 11 April

19 previous meetings:
8 Juventus wins
9 Real Madrid wins
2 draws
A repeat of last season’s final, when Madrid won 4-1 in Cardiff.
Cristiano Ronaldo has seven goals in five matches against Juventus – one every 64 minutes.
Juve have won the teams’ last four two-legged knockout ties on aggregate, including their 2014/15 semi-final – the last time Madrid were knocked out of the competition.
The Bianconeri have won six of the sides’ seven most recent meetings in Turin.
Liverpool (ENG) v Manchester City (ENG)
1st leg: 4 April, 2nd leg: 10 April

Liverpool celebrate January’s 4-3 win against City
The pair have never met before in UEFA competition.
In domestic fixtures Liverpool have dominated, recording 87 wins to City’s 45, with 46 draws.
City have won just one of their last eight encounters with Liverpool in all competitions, losing five. The Reds are the only team to beat Pep Guardiola’s charges in this season’s Premier League.
Raheem Sterling scored 18 goals in 95 Premier League appearances for Liverpool between 2012 and 2015; James Milner was a member of Manchester City’s title-winning squads in 2012 and 2014.
How the draw worked
It was an open draw: there were no seeds, and teams could play a club from their group or any side from their own association. Final ambassador Andriy Shevchenko selected the balls.

The road to Kyiv
3/4 April: Quarter-finals, first leg
10/11 April: Quarter-finals, second leg
13 April: Semi-final and final draw
24/25 April: Semi-finals, first leg
1/2 May: Semi-finals, second leg
26 May: Final (NSC Olimpiyski, Kyiv)


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Imke Wubbenhorst: I Pick Players According To The Size Of Their Manhood



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The German coach who coaches a German male football team shocked a journalist who asked her a ‘gender-biased’ question when she retorted that she picked her team members based on the size of their joystick.

Imke Wubbenhorst, first woman to coach a football club in Germany’s top five divisions went sarcastic in an interview with German Newspaper, Welt.

The Journalists had asked her if the players had to cover themselves up before she goes into their changing room, and the coach retorted – “Of course not. I’m a professional. I pick the team on joystick size.”

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According to SunSport quoting TMW, the north Londoners will have to cough out more than £35 million to sign him this month.

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