Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

English success in Champions League could make Nations League 'mess' - Southgate

English success in Champions League could make Nations League 'mess' - Southgate

Liverpool have previously taken part in six quarter-finals in the Champions League era, all of which have been post-2000.

Liverpool's emphatic win over Bayern Munich in the Champions League last 16 tonight means that all four English clubs have progressed to the quarter-final stages of the competition.

"I would like English teams to play against each other, without any kind of preference", the former Chelsea and United coach told Russian programmeRT.

With four English clubs reaching the quarterfinals for the first time since the 2008-09 season, we may be on the cusp of a new period of European domination by the richest league in the world.

England beat Croatia and Spain en route to the Nations League last four, that will also see hosts Portugal play Switzerland on the other side of the bracket.

"My second choice would be not by tactical or emotional reasons but by what I think would be fantastic extra motivation", said the 56-year-old.

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk heads home during their win over Bayern Munich
GETTY IMAGESLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk heads home during their win over Bayern Munich

Juventus' courageous turnaround to send Atlético de Madrid crashing out of the competition impressed the blaugranas, which is why they would prefer not to meet them - at least at this stage.

Elsewhere, he said a meeting between the unfancied pair of Porto and Ajax would be a welcome story for the clubs and their respective countries as one of them would at least be guaranteed a semi-final spot. However, Tottenham were outclassed by Real Madrid at the Bernabeu (4-0) in the first-leg of the quarter-finals, then lost 1-0 back in London.

"I wouldn't like Juventus against Barcelona because I think it would be something really special Barcelona against Juventus in a possible final or semi-final", he said.

"Two great teams, who haven't been successful in the Champions League in the last few years".

"And led by two big players, Cristiano [Ronaldo] and [Lionel] Messi, is something I wouldn't waste on a quarter-final, I would wait a little bit more".

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