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The Champions League is heating up and everyone is counting down the days until Manchester United and FC Barcelona meet in the first leg of their Champions League quarter final.

Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovač insists his side can not compete with Europe's top clubs following their Champions League exit against Liverpool.

The five-time Balon d'Or victor also drew a blank in prior quarter-final clashes with Juventus, twice against Atletico Madrid and in Barca's 2015 tie with PSG.

Liverpool, who travel to Craven Cottage for the Premier League game on Sunday, were expected to make short work of West Ham when they visited the London Stadium in February. "It's not by accident that three German clubs are eliminated by three English clubs".

Ajax last won the Champions League in 1995, while Manchester United last won in 2008 and Juventus most recently won in 1996.

For Solskjaer, the second leg will bring back memories of the 1999 final, when the Norwegian came off the bench to score a stoppage-time victor for United against Bayern Munich at Barcelona's Camp Nou stadium.

Jurgen Klopp's side, fresh from knocking out Bayern Munich in the last 16, will be confident of beating the Portuguese champions after defeating them 5-0 on aggregate in the last 16 on their way to the final last season.

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"I'm coming back to my second home".

Manchester United's tie against Barcelona means caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will enjoy another trip to the Nou Camp, where he scored the victor in United's Champions League final win over Bayern Munich in 1999.

The Sky Blues are favourites to win all three competitions, thus winning a historic quadruple.

Ajax vs. Juventus and Manchester United vs. Barcelona are at 3 p.m. April 10.

Cristiano Ronaldo's hat-trick against Atletico Madrid kept Juventus' European dream alive. "Then we must calculate on other teams running away from us".

Jürgen Klopp's side have an even higher rate of reaching the semi-finals than the reigning Premier League champions, holding an 85 per cent chance of progression to the next round and 47 per cent chance of reaching the final.

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The Argentine would only likely be used in the 4-2-3-1 option which could see Pjanic on the bench. "We still have a job to do". My feeling is now the people are starting to enjoy this competition.

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