At the beginning of the work week, the odds were against Juventus being a part of the Champions League quarterfinal draw all of four days later. I thought it, you thought it, we all thought it. Juve needed to get right — and in a hurry — to make sure that a season that has placed so much attention and ambition toward Champions League glory wasn’t going to end much, much sooner than anybody had truly anticipated.
Then, Tuesday night happened.
And now, at the end of the work week, Juve’s one of the eight teams about to hear their name called at said Champions League quarterfinal draw, which takes place at high noon at UEFA’s headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.
So, let’s just go ahead and remind ourselves which clubs are taking part in this quarterfinal draw, shall we?
- Ajax (NED)
- Barcelona (ESP)
- Juventus (ITA)
- Liverpool (ENG)
- Manchester City (ENG)
- Manchester United (ENG)
- Porto (POR)
- Tottenham Hotspur (ENG)
See, Juventus’ name is actually there. Like, Tuesday night’s thrilling comeback wasn’t some kind of crazy mirage that we were only seeing in our dreams. Bye bye, two-goal deficit, and let’s all say hello to the Champions League quarterfinals. I like the sound of that — don’t you?
Exactly, Fede, exactly.
Juventus could get a rematch of the first final they made under Max Allegri’s guidance, a loss (score excluded from the record) back in 2015. Or, Juventus could get a rematch of round of 16 last season against Tottenham, a fixture that had its own wild twists and turns over two legs. Or, Juventus could get a rematch of the round of 16 from two years ago against Porto. Or, Juventus could very well see a familiar face in Manchester United, who has been quite the resurgent side ever since the two teams faced one another in this season’s group stage.
There are plenty of ways this could go. Juve could get a big side or they could get what a lot of folks would view as a favorable draw.
Anyway, no matter how we feel, we’re about to find otu.
When: Friday, March 15, 2019
Where: UEFA Headquarters, Nyon, Switzerland
Official draw time (or when the video montages start): 12 p.m. local time in Switzerland and across Europe, 11 a.m. in the United Kingdom, 7 a.m. Eastern Time, 4 a.m. Pacific Time
HOW TO WATCH
Television: Univision Deportes (United States); BT Sport 2 (United Kingdom); Sky Sport Football (Italy)
Mobile/Online: UEFA official website (Worldwide); B/R Live, Univision Deportes En Vivo (United States) DAZN (Canada); BT Sport Live (United Kingdom); Sky Go Italia (Italy)
For complete worldwide listings for the Champions League quarterfinal draw, click here.