Barca, Juve focus on Europe, CL rivals face home challenges

AP
Published 3:50 a.m. ET April 9, 2019

LONDON (AP) — With the completion of their domestic title defenses seeming a formality, Barcelona and Juventus can now focus on the Champions League.

For the rest of the quarterfinalists it’s a far more challenging period that will stretch their squads while ambitions at home and abroad are juggled.

Here is a look at this week’s first legs:

TOTTENHAM-MANCHESTER CITY

Just like last season, Manchester City comes up against a Premier League rival in the quarterfinals.

Different this time is not only the opponent — Tottenham rather than Liverpool — but also the surroundings. City will be Tottenham’s second opponents in its new 62,000-capacity stadium in north London on Tuesday.

“I don’t care about the stadium,” City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne said. “I care about the team we play. Everybody talks about the stadium like it’s something special. Everybody has a stadium. Everybody has supporters.”

If De Bruyne sounds irritated it’s not because of the state of City’s campaign. Pep Guardiola’s team remains in a quadruple chase after reaching the FA Cup final with a victory over Brighton on Saturday, having already won the League…

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