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Last Updated: Friday, 9 March 2007, 11:24 GMT
English trio kept apart in draw
Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United were kept apart in Friday's quarter-final draw
Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United were kept apart in the Champions League quarter-final draw.

Jose Mourinho's side face Valencia, while Liverpool were paired with Arsenal's conquerors PSV Eindhoven and Manchester United meet AS Roma.

The draw was also made for the semi-final, and it will see Chelsea and Liverpool meet in a repeat of the 2005 clash if they both emerge victorious.

Manchester United will play AC Milan or Bayern Munich if they beat AS Roma.

All the Premiership sides are likely to be happy with their draw, with the prospect left open for an all-English final in Athens on 23 May.

Liverpool have already beaten PSV in the group stages, winning 2-0 at Anfield after drawing 0-0 in Holland - and they have the added incentive of having the second leg at home.


PSV coach Ronald Koeman, however, gets another chance to prove he is the nemesis of Premiership clubs.

He sent Manchester United and Liverpool crashing out of the competition last season while he was with Benfica, and engineered Arsenal's downfall in this year's tournament.

If Chelsea and Liverpool go through, Mourinho will have his sights set on revenge for their defeat against Rafael Benitez's side at the same stage two years ago.

If they both go through, the second leg will again be at Anfield, where Luis Garcia's controversial goal sent Liverpool to the final, where they beat AC Milan on penalties.

Old Trafford boss Sir Alex Ferguson will hold high hopes of reaching his first final since 1999 after drawing dark horses Roma and facing a possible meeting with AC Milan or Bayern.

But Ferguson says United must be cautious: "We respect Roma's result against Lyon, they have great players like Daniele De Rossi and Mancini.

"Obviously we do not look beyond this game. We must concentrate on this game and we are looking forward to it.

We must be cautious. We don't want to make the same mistake as last year

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez

"We have never played Roma before. That is the great excitement in Europe, playing teams you've never met."

Roma coach Luciano Spalletti admitted it was a tricky draw, but said his side has nothing to fear from the Premiership leaders.

"Unlike us, Man Utd have a lot of experience in this competition and a lot of tradition," said Spalletti.

"But we must be optimistic. I have confidence in my team, we have every intention of going all the way."

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez says his side will not be taking PSV lightly, even though the Reds have beaten the Dutch side in the group stages.

"PSV are a very good team," said Benitez. "They have improved since we last met and showed their quality by beating Arsenal. There are no favourites.

"Sometimes knowing your opponents can be an advantage but sometimes it can be a disadvantage as they'll know us too.

"We must be cautious. We don't want to make the same mistake as last year."

PSV coach Ronald Koeman admitted he was disappointed to be drawn against Liverpool once again.

"I do think that all clubs are tricky, but the fact is that we already had them in the group stage," said the Dutch legend.

"You want to go somewhere else - all other clubs would have been nice. But we are glad that we are part of this stage of the tournament."

Jose Mourinho says Chelsea are not at a disadvantage because they are playing the first leg of their quarter-final with Valencia at home.

Mourinho said: "Sometimes it is more difficult to go away in the first game. If you don't win you are under pressure - as happened to us against Porto.  "All the teams left in it can smell the semi-finals and the final too.  "Some teams are playing for a lot of things and other teams are playing just for the Champions League."

Valencia coach Quique Sanchez Flores disagrees: "The best news is that we are playing away in the first leg, which was a priority for us before the draw.

"That can be important, and even decisive."

Quarter-final draw
AC Milan v Bayern Munich
(First leg 3 April, second leg 11 April)

(First leg 3 April, second leg 11 April)
(First leg 4 April, second leg 10 April)
CHELSEA v Valencia
(First leg 4 April, second leg 10 April)

Semi-final draw
Roma or MANCHESTER UNITED v AC Milan or Bayern Munich
(First leg 24 April, second leg 2 May)
CHELSEA or Valencia v PSV Eindhoven or LIVERPOOL
(First leg 25 April, second leg 1 May)

Man Utd 1-0 Lille (agg 2-0)
07 Mar 07 |  Europe
Chelsea 2-1 FC Porto (agg 3-2)
06 Mar 07 |  Europe


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