UEFA Champions League 2018/19: 4 players who will face their former clubs in quarterfinals

The UEFA Champions League quarterfinal draw promises a few entertaining matches and to add more flavour to these fixtures, some stars will be facing their former clubs.

Kieran Trippier

Kieran Trippier is a product of the Manchester City academy and like many of City’s promising academy graduates, Trippier also left the club without making an appearance for the first team.

The England international had loan spells at Barnsley and Burnley before joining the latter on a permanent deal in 2012. After impressing for the Clarets in the Championship and the Premier League, Spurs snapped him up for only £3.5 million in 2015.

Trippier played a backup role in his first two seasons at the club but he has been the club’s first-choice right-back since the start of the 2017/18 season.

Kyle Walker

While a former Man City player will play for Spurs, a former Spurs right-back will play for Man City when the two teams meet in the Champions League quarterfinal.

Walker left Spurs for Man City in the summer of 2017. Before he left the club, he had an infamous fallout with Mauricio Pochettino over his decision to leave the club and he cited his desire to win trophies as a key reason behind him leaving the North London Club. So far, he has picked up three winners medals.

The 28-year-old will face many familiar faces in the Champions League quarterfinal and he will be hoping to help City progress to the semifinal for the first time under Pep Guardiola.

Alexis Sanchez

Although Alexis Sanchez established himself in Europe with Udinese, it was with Barcelona that he rose to fame.

Sanchez played 141 games for Barcelona scoring 47 goals and in his three seasons at the club, he won six trophies. Despite his impressive performances for the Catalan club, he became dispensable in 2014 following the arrival of Luis Suarez because Barcelona now had a front three of Leo Messi, Neymar and Suarez.

The Chilean left Barcelona for Arsenal before moving to Man Utd in January 2018. However, Sanchez has been a complete let down so far and has mustered just five goals in 41 games for his present side.

That being said, if the Chilean can stir up an amazing performance against his former club, then it may not be too late for him to salvage his Man Utd career.

Gerard Pique

If Alexis Sanchez is to score against his former club, then he will have to get past a former teammate of his who also happens to be a former Manchester United star.

Pique left La Masia in 2004 to join Manchester United and he made his professional debut with the club in the same year. However, the Spaniard only made 23 appearances for Man Utd as he was competing with the likes of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic and left the club in 2008 to rejoin Barcelona.

Since returning to Barcelona more than a decade ago, Pique has been a mainstay in their defence and has partnered the likes of Carles Puyol, Samuel Umtiti and Javier Mascherano.

He has already won 27 titles with Barcelona and he will be hoping to make it thirty at the end of the season. For that, he will need to stop his former club. 

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