Manchester City are safely through to the Champions League quarter final round, despite FC Basel ending a 36-match unbeaten run at the Etihad Stadium stretching back to December 2016 on Wednesday night.
Pep Guardiola rotated heavily and his team, particularly the midfield, lacked rhythm and ideas – but in the end, it was a fairly meaningless defeat and City are into next week’s draw.
Potential opponents in the quarter finals include Real Madrid, Juventus, Liverpool, Bayern Munich, one of Chelsea or Barcelona, Shakhtar Donetsk or Roma, and… Sevilla or Manchester United.
The prospect of facing United for the first time in the Champions League is intriguing, and either exciting or terrifying, depending on your point of view.
Should United get past Sevilla and a Manchester derby be drawn out of the hat for the Champions League quarter final, we would see Manchester City vs. Manchester United happen three times in a row!
The Premier League game between the Manchester giants – which is a potential date for City winning the title or receiving a guard of honour depending on how results go – would fall in between the two Champions League games.
To make things even more challenging, a trip to Wembley to face Tottenham would follow the second leg.
This is how the schedule looks:
April 3-4: Champions League QF first leg
April 7: Manchester United (H)
April 10-11: Champions League QF second leg
April 14: Tottenham (A)