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Manchester City vs Borussia Dortmund

Manchester City are full of confidence as they welcome Borussia Dortmund to the Etihad Stadium tonight in the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg.

The hosts are full of confidence as they lead the EPL table and won 2-0 away at Leicester City. City are being linked to Dortmund Norwegian striker Erling Haaland after they announced the departure of Sergio Aguero at the end of the season.

Dortmund are reported to want at least 150m euros (£128m) for the Norway international, whose agent Mino Raiola has met Barcelona and Real Madrid about a possible move.

“The fact we have not spent, for one player, a lot of money, gives you advantage,” added Guardiola.

“The only thing I can say is that, with his age, Haaland is an exceptional striker.

“Maybe in the future [spending more than £100m on one player] is going to happen if they decide it is necessary to improve the team for the next five, 10 years, for many reasons. But so far the club, the organisation, the CEO, the sporting director decided not to do it and that’s why they didn’t do it.”

Manchester City signed Rodri from Atletico Madrid for a club record £62.8m in July 2019.

Real Madrid vs Liverpool

Could Liverpool revenge the loss in the 2018 final?

The match was evenly poised until Sergio Ramos dragged Mohammed Salah to the ground in a foul that left the Egyptian with a dislocated shoulder.

He was subbed in tears and it ended Liverpool’s dream of a Champions League trophy at least for that year.

But Liverpool boss says his side will not be on a revenge mission when they face Real Madrid in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

The Reds were beaten 3-1 by Real in the 2018 final – the last time they met in the competition.

“My motivation is at the highest level because it’s the Champions League,” said Klopp.

“This has nothing to do with 2018 but when I got the draw – because it’s the first time we played Real Madrid since then – of course I remembered the game.

“I said after that game that if somebody asked me a week later or a month later if I would invite Sergio Ramos to my 60th birthday, then I would say no. I would think about it again.

“He’s a great footballer but I didn’t like what happened that night. It was a strange night for us but it’s long ago and I cannot get that feeling back, that anger or whatever, so I don’t even try.

“We are not on a revenge tour here. I don’t believe too much in revenge, but it would be nice to get through, because it would mean we are in the next round.”

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