As confirmed this morning, the Premier League have officially brought forward the respective fixtures due to be played out by Tottenham and Liverpool over the weekend of the 4th – 5th of May.
City & Porto downed
Spurs and Liverpool both booked their spots in the semi-finals of the Champions League this week.
Mauricio Pochettino’s men travelled to the Etihad to take on Premier League rivals Manchester City on Wednesday night, with the North Londoners having headed into proceedings holding a slender advantage, following their hard-fought 1-0 win in the tie’s opener last week.
And, when the 90 minutes were said and done in Manchester, this solitary goal made all the difference.
A frantic 2nd-leg outing featuring goals, controversy and the ruling out of a late, late would-have-been Raheem Sterling winner resulted in a 4-3 City win, sending Tottenham through on away goals.
7 – @SpursOfficial are the seventh different English club to reach the semi-final of the Champions League since it was rebranded, meaning England has now had more unique semi-finalists than any other nation (Arsenal, Chelsea, Leeds, Liverpool, Man City, Man Utd). Pride. #MCITOT
— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) April 17, 2019
Liverpool, on the other hand, made far shorter work of Portuguese giants Porto in their own last-8 tie.
The Reds followed a 2-0 home win at Anfield last week with a 4-1 drubbing of Sérgio Conceição’s men at the Estádio do Dragão on Wednesday, sealing their place in the Champions League’s semi-finals for the 2nd year running.
Premier League fixture changes
On top of their European endeavours, however, both Liverpool and Spurs are also still embroiled in key battles on the domestic front.
The former are of course in the midst of a historic Premier League title fight with Manchester City, with Pochettino’s Tottenham battling it out with all of Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United for a top-4 spot.
And, as per the aforementioned announcement on the part of the Premier League this morning, the respective fixtures set to be played out by the two clubs over the weekend of the 4th of May have been rescheduled, to accommodate their Champions League progression.
Liverpool were due to travel to St. James’ Park to take on Newcastle on Sunday, May 5th.
Spurs, meanwhile, had been scheduled to visit Bournemouth the day after.
Both fixtures, though, have been rearranged to take place on Saturday the 4th of May.
Manchester City’s clash with Leicester, meanwhile, which had been due to take place on the 4th, has been moved to Monday the 6th.
Arsenal and Chelsea’s Europa League advancement has also seen the schedules of the capital outfits amended, with their respective matchups versus Brighton and Watford having been pushed back from Saturday to Sunday.
🚨 The Premier League has brought forward Liverpool and Tottenham’s games before the second legs of their #ChampionsLeague semi-finals.
Manchester City v Leicester has also been moved.
— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) April 20, 2019