Tottenham and Manchester City prepare to join the All England Club | Paul Wilson

The Champions League quarter-final is latest in a line of often spine-tingling English derbies in Europe’s top competition

A new chapter in the colourful history of English teams meeting each other in the Champions League is set to open on Tuesday, when the first European game at Tottenham’s shiny new stadium is bound to generate an atmosphere all of its own.

In such circumstances anything can happen, and all-England European nights already have a reputation for taking on a life of their own, sharing a similarity to derbies in which form and league placing are temporarily set aside.

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