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Champions League draw: ANOTHER rule that Man Utd, Liverpool, Barcelona must be aware of

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Champions League draw: THIS key change will effect Man Utd, Liverpool, Barcelona, Spurs and Man City (Image: GETTY)

For the first time since 2009, the Premier League will boast four representatives in the final eight of the competition.

The clubs will eagerly await their fate which shall be received at UEFA headquarters in Nyom on Friday morning.

This year, there has been a key change to the quarter-finals draw which may catch some off guard.

UEFA have decided to revert back to the old format of draw, where clubs will find out their potential semi-final opponents at the same time.

Unlike previous years where the semi-final draw is made separately after the quarter-finals have been completed, supporters will know exactly what stands in their way of reaching the final and landing more prize money. 

Another regulation that comes into play is that clubs from the same nation will be able to face each other in the quarter-finals.

In previous rounds they were prohibited from doing so. With four English teams in the last eight, there is a one in two chance we will see an all-English time.

Uefa have confirmed that Manchester United must reverse their fixtures if they are drawn at home in the same week as their neighbours.

"Manchester City and Manchester United will not be able to play at home on the same night, nor on consecutive nights, following a decision made by the relevant local authorities,” Uefa said.

"Therefore, should both clubs be drawn at home in the same week, 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.”

United finished second to City in the Premier League last season, some 19 points adrift of their rivals.

Despite their famous triumph over Real Madrid and the Bernabeu, Ajax and Porto will be the two teams that the other quarter-finalists will want to draw.

The draw is scheduled to take place at 11am GMT on Friday.

Champions League quarter-finalists

Barcelona (Spain)

Juventus (Italy)

Ajax (Netherlands)

Porto (Portugal)

Manchester United (England)

Manchester City (England)

Liverpool (England)

Tottenham (England)






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