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16 June,

Last matches in Quarter-final

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UEFA Champions League next quarter-final matches will be held at this night. 

Estadio de Dragao will be host to Porto-Liverpool second leg match. At Anfield, Liverpool beat its rival with 2 goals. 

There are 2 injured players in Liverpool squad. 

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp: "Sometimes we are really good. Hopefully, we can control it again. There are moments before we win the ball or after we win the ball when the boys look really, really good."

Sérgio Conçeicão on 'the best team in the world': “There is no greater motivation than to be competing in a quarter-final and to make a historic turnaround. I like the way Liverpool play. At times they are the best team in the world. “We have a two-goal deficit to make up against a very strong team who are quick on the break. Getting the attacking balance right is fundamental. The technical team will establish the game plan, then it's up to the players to put it into action. They are responsible for everything good that has happened so far. We have to be quick and decisive on the attack. Our opponents are very strong so we have to be very focused and alert, very intelligent in our understanding of these moments and the occupation of space."

Head referee will be Danny Makkelie. 

Assistant referees

Mario Diks (NED)

Hessel Steegstra (NED)

Fourth official

Tasos Sidiropoulos (GRE)

Video Assistant Referee (VAR)

Pol van Boekel (NED)

Assistant Video Assistant Referee

Jochem Kamphuis (NED)

In 2015, Liverpool thrashed Porto with 5 goals in the same arena. 

England dominants Spurs and Manchester City will play the second leg in Manchester. London became glorious and unbelievable victory of Tottenham at its new stadium. 

Man. City coach Josep Guardiola: "If we don't win these games this week, we lose both titles. This season we had an incredible opponent in Liverpool. Usually 84, 85 points is enough to win the title. We both deserve it but only one can get it.  I don't dream too much about things far away. I want to get to the semi-final. Whatever happens tomorrow, next season we will be there again in the draw in Monaco in August. I know how focused the players are, the desire to get to the semi-finals. Will it be enough? I don't know. I got to the final once with one shot on target, and once I had 33 shots on target and didn't. Football is that game. I think everyone is fit. I don't think. Zinchenko will train today, the other ones came back yesterday and are recovering well. Fernandinho trained yesterday: low intensity but he trained."

Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino: "We are ambitious. We are here not because we only love playing football, but because we love to compete and we love to win. They always dominate the opponent because they have unbelievable quality, but we need to believe that we can stop them, that we can show our quality and can beat them. The challenge is that Guardiola is maybe the best or one of the best managers in the world. I think he won 24, 25 or 26 [trophies]. We met in Barcelona when we played a lot. We know they're so strong and have a very high tempo from the beginning, but that is our challenge – to try to stop them, to be offensive and attack."

In Manchester city, the main goalkeeper Claudio Bravo will miss the match because of injury. Spurs' injured player are multiple. After Dier, Aurier, and Lamela Harry Kane joined injured name lists, he has a serious injury in his ligament. 

The head referee is from Turkey, Cuneyt Çakır. 

Assistant referees

Bahattin Duran (TUR)

Tarik Ongun (TUR)

Fourth official

Artur Dias (POR)

Video Assistant Referee (VAR)

Massimiliano Irrati (ITA)

Assistant Video Assistant Referee

Marco Guida (ITA)

Liverpool-Porto match winner will be faced with Barcelona in the semi-final, Ajax's rival will be the winner of Man. City and Tottenham game. 

Azad Nuriyev



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