How the title race will be affected by the Champions League ties
Man City face Luton Town at home at the weekend while Arsenal host Aston Villa.

On paper, Man City have the easier match sandwiched between their two Champions League ties, but a look back over the season suggests they might struggle.

Arsenal have dropped points only twice after Champions League matches this season, drawing 2-2 at home to Tottenham Hotspur and 0-0 at Man City – hardly bad results.

By contrast Man City have won only two of their eight matches following a Champions League outing, recording six draws and a 1-0 loss at Arsenal.

From that perspective, the best thing that could happen for Arsenal – and Liverpool – is for Man City to go deep into the competition.

Indeed, having beaten Man City 1-0 at home and drawn 0-0 at the Etihad, Arsenal would fancy their chances against them in the semi-final.

And an all-English contest looks likely. Man City have recent experience dispatching of Real Madrid to draw upon.

Arsenal are a much stronger team than Tuchel’s crisis-stricken Bayern.

The Premier League has conjured up some extraordinarily messy and magnificent matches over the last couple of weeks – and Man Utd’s draw with Liverpool is right up there with the best of them.

Entertainment like this is almost always the result of tactical ill-discipline; shapeless football that allows the players to succumb to emotion and to wild lurches from end to end.

It was almost reckless football from United in particular, and after Liverpool dominated the first half – but failed to capitalise – they were eventually sucked into the tornado.