When is the Europa League quarter-final draw?


While both Messi and Ronaldo are in fantastic form and their respective teams will be hoping they can fire them into the Champions League final, Carragher does fancy the Premier League sides' chance against the two.

Diego Simeone's side wasn't part of the festivities, with Atletico collapsing in the last 16, succumbing to Cristiano Ronaldo's hat trick at Juventus, but an intriguing final eight remains.

Although many had written Juve off after their 2-0 defeat to Los Rojiblancos in the first leg, Ronaldo seemingly always believed they would progress to the next round.

Barca winger Ousmane Dembele picked up a hamstring strain in Saturday's 3-1 Liga win over Rayo Vallecano but Valverde named him in his squad yesterday.

"I believe the English can and will overcome Ronaldo and Messi this season", he explained. "I was surprised because I honestly thought Atletico would be stronger, but Juventus ran over them".

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde says he is looking forward to reigniting his El Clasico rivalry with returning Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane.

Juventus, meanwhile, know that they can call upon the services of five-time victor Ronaldo in their ongoing pursuit of a first European Cup win since 1996.

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The other highlighting thing is that out of the 8 teams in the quarter-final round 4 teams belong to England.

A day later, Messi scored twice and provided two assists, as Barcelona hammered Lyon 5-1 at the Nou Camp to qualify.

"UEFA has been trying to engineer a Messi vs Ronaldo final for a long time".

Messi promised his fans he would do all he could to win another European Cup at the start of the season, while Ronaldo is surely eager to prove he was the reason Madrid won it for four of the past five years.

"I think if the draw gives something like Manchester City versus Manchester United, or Tottenham against Liverpool, for example, I think would be absolutely fantastic matches".

The quarterfinals will be played on April 9-10 and April 16-17.