The Champions League Draw For the Quarterfinals and Semifinals

Friday, 14 March, 2008

Thanks to the Champions League draw occurring in Europe, I’m able to find out the draw at 8 AM this morning. Four English sides, one Spanish side, one German side, one Turkish side, and one Italian side awaited their fate. There were a few potential interesting matchups we could see from this draw.

Here is the draw for the Quarterfinals and Semifinals:

– Quarterfinals:

– Arsenal v. Liverpool:

* This is the all-England tie in the Final 8. These two teams had the most difficult challenges in the previous round. Arsenal had to defeat the defending champions, AC Milan. Liverpool had to go against Inter Milan, a tough task. Both Arsenal and Liverpool have proved they’re worthy of winning this competition with their performances to date. Both have been stellar, and this could be the best matchup of this round.

– Roma v. MANCHESTER UNITED:

* This is a rematch from last year. Roma were embarrassed in the second leg, when Man. U. put up a 7 spot on them. Roma would love to get revenge. Manchester United look so solid, revenge is going to be very hard for Roma. Christiano Ronaldo, the best player in the world, has played like the best player in the world by carrying Man. U. to this point. These two sides have different styles. Roma plays the Italian defense-first style, while Man. U. likes a little bit more offensive approach. I’m looking forward to the two games with these two teams.

– Schalke v. Barcelona:

* Schalke is a sleeper team who have played great in Europe, and have also done well in the German Bundesliga as of late. If any kind of surprising result were to come about in the Final 8, this is where I’m looking. Barcelona’s Messi, the dynamic playmaker, is questionable for this round’s games. That’s gonna be a huge loss if Barca were to not have him. Keep a close eye on this tie.

– Fenerbahce v. Chelsea:

* If Chelsea lose this tie, they should kick themselves. Fenerbahce is a good club, but Chelsea is one of the premier clubs, with the stars to win this competition several times. Plus, they’re on very good form. Their potential matchup with Liverpool in the next round should give them a little motivation to seek revenge from their loss to the Reds last year.

– Semifinals:

– Arsenal/Liverpool v. Fenerbahce/Chelsea

– Roma/MANCHESTER UNITED v. Schalke/Barcelona

+ I’ll have comment on the semifinal matchups after the Final 8 round is over. This should be a couple of great weeks.

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