Manchester United will bounce back, Solskjaer promises fans

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They would both fall short in their respective pursuits, but the manner of this victory on a stormy Wednesday night fuelled belief that Liverpool could land the Premier League crown.

Sergio Conceicao's team overcame Roma in the last round, and they have the experience of goalkeeper Iker Casillas, Pepe and Hector Herrera in their squad, but it is hard to suggest that Liverpool are anything other than overwhelming favourites to book a semifinal meeting against either Manchester United or Barcelona.

Last year, Cristiano Ronaldo was bought by Juventus, a team which has lost two finals in the past four years, to end that 23-year wait. The second leg matchups are on April 16 and April 17.

Manchester United come up against Barcelona in a huge quarter-final clash, having been drawn against each other on Friday.

This quarter final against Ronald Koeman's PSV side looked to be a tricky task for the Reds, but thanks to goals from Steven Gerrard, John Arne Riise and Peter Crouch, Liverpool could look forward to a comfortable evening in Merseyside in the second leg.

Pep Guardiola, the only coach left in the Champions League to have won it previously, is under pressure to deliver European glory at City, and this is a good draw overall, considering they have avoided Barcelona, Juventus, Liverpool and neighbours United.

Taking a 2-1 advantage into this quarter final second leg, Liverpool needed a defensive masterclass in Turin to keep out the likes of Alessandro Del Piero and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Ex-Manchester United man Kieran Richardson restored the home side's advantage after the interval, with Philippe Coutinho levelling the scored again.

Tottenham will host City in the first leg, which could be played at Wembley Stadium or at the north London club's soon-to-be-completed new arena.

Real Madrid won the Champions League last season.

Verdict: After a dodgy run that nearly saw the end for Sarri-ball, Chelsea have strung together a decent few results to ease the pressure on Maurizio Sarri and also give them real hope of finishing in the top four.

Solskjaer said he had been inundated with messages from friends telling him United's name is on the trophy - but warned his players there would be no helping hand from up above. "Our adversaries deserve to be here, they eliminated Real Madrid and that was no joke".

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