sport news MARTIN KEOWN: Manchester City get the better of Spurs... but don't write off ...

The draw for the Champions League quarter-finals was made on Friday and there are some mouthwatering showdowns in store.

Manchester City take on Tottenham in all-English affair while manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will return to the Nou Camp for the first time since his heroics in 1999. Liverpool, meanwhile, will take on Portuguese champions Porto. 

Sportsmail columnist Martin Keown has cast his eye over the quarter-final draws and given his verdict on the chances of European success for the remaining English clubs.

The Champions League quarter final draws were conducted on Friday in Nyon, Switzerland

The Champions League quarter final draws were conducted on Friday in Nyon, Switzerland

What are your first impressions of the draw… and who do you think will win the competition?

All four ties are magnificent. It is great that we could have three English teams in the semi-finals.

I went for Manchester City to win the Champions League at the start of the season and I’m sticking with that prediction.

With City and Liverpool on opposite sides of the draw, there is still the prospect that they could meet in the final.

Already in an epic tussle for the Premier League title, they could end up battling each other to be crowned European champions.

Sportsmail columnist Martin Keown has given his verdict on the outcomes of the four ties

LIVERPOOL vs PORTO 

Are Liverpool back to their best after their brilliant win at Bayern Munich? 

Liverpool seem to save their best performances for the European stage. This victory will give them the belief they can go on to win the Premier League.

Their front three – Salah, Mane and Firmino - looked hungry and back to their best. Virgil van Dijk oozed class.

There was only one team in control of that match and it was Liverpool.

They will be very happy at drawing Porto – a team they beat 5-0 on aggregate last season.

KEOWN'S VERDICT: LIVERPOOL 

Virgil van Dijk is in exceptional form and Liverpool should have no trouble against Porto

Virgil van Dijk is in exceptional form and Liverpool should have no trouble against Porto

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR vs MANCHESTER CITY 

I’ve said that City will win the competition so I expect them to get the job done against Spurs but it won’t be easy.

You only have to look at the contrasting workloads for the two teams. If Brighton win their FA Cup quarter-final on Saturday, Tottenham will have their feet up the weekend before

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