For the first time since 2009, England has all four representatives still in the competition at this stage.
That year Barcelona beat Manchester United in the final in Rome and the Catalan giants remain as one of the four non-Premier League sides.
Pep Guardiola was the Barcelona manager that night and his Manchester City side are favourites to lift Europe’s top prize after seeing off Schalke 10-2 on aggregate.
In the last 16 draw the English teams were protected from each other but from the quarter-finals and onwards no such rule exists.
English teams can draw each other as we saw 12 months ago when Liverpool took on City in the last eight en route to the final.
The all-Premier League affairs have produced some memorable clashes in recent times, although the 2008 final, when Manchester United beat Chelsea, remains the only time two English sides have fought for continental dominance.
The Champions League draw comes after:
Four rules fans need to know ahead of the Champions League draw
– There are no country protections for clubs and no seedings at this stage of the competition
– Any two teams can be drawn against each other in the quarter-finals
– The semi-final draw will also be conducted to determine the path to the final
– For administrative purposes, a draw for the final will take place to deem the ‘home’ team
The seeding system employed during the last 16 phase to give group toppers an advantage no longer exists meaning anyone can draw anyone.
It means Porto – who amounted the most points in the group phase with 16 – can draw anyone.
Although all four English teams will see the Portuguese side as a favourable draw despite them earning nearly twice as many points as Liverpool.
UEFA will also opt to make the semi-final draw on Friday morning which means each side will be aware of their route to the final.
For administrative purposes the draw for the final is also made despite eight teams still present in the competition.
It is done primarily to decide which winners will be in the home dressing room of the Wanda Metropolitano – this year’s host stadium in Madrid.
As well as which kit will be worn and where fans will be housed.