But Mills told The Debate the tournament will have no bearing on the quality of the club's season, and explained why City fans would still prefer to retain the Premier League title over a Champions League win - even if their players feel differently. The Portuguese global has been labeled as ' Mr. Champions League' for his sensational display in the competition, where he has represented with three clubs now - Manchester United, Real Madrid and now, Juventus. "I could not be further away from thinking it's the best draw because it isn't".
The matchups are strong, as all eight teams remaining are strong, and we do get one great all-Premier League Matchup in Manchester City vs. Tottenham. It will be interesting to see if Juventus comes up against Barcelona in the Champions League.
This is the first season since 2009/10 that defending champions Real Madrid did not progress beyond the round of 16, which means there will be a new victor of the Champions League after Los Blancos won the past three consecutive finals.
Ajax will play Juventus in a rematch of two previous finals.
"If you look at the teams that are playing to win the league this year, it is a big competition". The boost of having the first leg being played at Spurs' new stadium could be crucial.
And Juventus' meeting with Ajax will be a rematch of the 1996 Champions League final at Rome's Stadio OIimpico, a match that the Italians won via a penalty shootout. If Real Madrid had progressed as was expected, Cristiano Ronaldo would have made a return to his old club.
'There's so many factors you need to think about when you sign players.
Nine years later the Red Devils again booted out an Italian side, this time Roma, which was followed by a narrow 1-0 aggregate success over Barcelona - thanks to Paul Scholes - and a dramatic penalty shoot-out triumph against Chelsea in the Final.
Whoever progresses from the Barca-United repeat of the 2008-09 and 2010-11 finals will play the victor of Liverpool vs. Porto, who defeated Bayern Munich and Roma, respectively, in the round of 16. "So it is nice that I will now face him for real". The final, to be staged at Atletico Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano, will be held on June 1.