Rio Ferdinand and Jermaine Jenas are confident that three Premier League teams will still be standing when the Champions League reaches the quarter-finals stage.

The second legs of the Round of 16 kick off tonight (Tuesday March 5) with Spurs in action. Manchester United play tomorrow and both ties could potentially provide some positive midweek trading for pubs.

Liverpool and Manchester City return to action next week with fixtures against Bayern Munich and Schalke respectively.

Speaking at an event last week the BT Sport pundits told Inapub that they expect Spurs, Liverpool and City to progress but hold little hope for United, who are 2-0 down to PSG after their first meeting at Old Trafford.

Jermaine said: "I don't think United will go through but the rest of them I expect to go through to the quarter final stages.

"I think Spurs will have their scary moments, a possible early goal or something like that. Where I have confidence is that I think Spurs will score. I don't see Dortmund being able to keep them out."

Rio added that he thinks the English sides that make it to the quarters have realistic chances of winning Europe's biggest prize.

"I think United are the only team that won't go through. I think Liverpool and City have a chance. The experience that Liverpool had last year will put them in good stead but it's still a tricky tie, Munich away.

"City have to manage knockout football better but there's no doubt that they have the squad to do it."

Jermaine agreed: "I think all of them have a chance of winning the whole thing. Our English teams are strong and it's just about how you perform on those couple of nights."




Ferdinand's food for thought


Rio who won the Champions League with Manchester United is no stranger to the hospitality industry as the owner of restaurant Rosso, in Manchester. He said it took a couple of years to establish the business.

He said: "There's nothing better than seeing people come into your establishment and leave happily. It's not an easy thing to do.

"The first couple of years were difficult, there were a lots of ups and downs and there can be a lot of negativity because things aren't running as smoothly as you would like. Once we got over that two year hurdle things have gone as well as we could ask really."

And he added he has no doubt about the best places to catch the game: "If I can't watch a game in the stadium or the studio the pub is the next best place."

Jermaine, who played in a Champions League quarter final with Spurs, said he was a fan of pubs too and added that there was one game in particular where he would have liked to have been a barfly on the wall, a 4-4 draw with London rivals Arsenal back in 2008.

"It would be interesting to see who was still left in the pub and to see those Arsenal fans' faces as that last goal goes in, in the last second. It's one of those games people remember me most for at Tottenham. I had never drawn a game before and felt like we won it.

"The emotions in that game and the ebb and flow would be amazing in a pub or club."


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