Friday, December 17, 2010
Brief Thoughts On The Champions League Last 16 Draw
Earlier today UEFA contested the draw for the Champions League Last 16 and as always they dished up some mouth-watering ties. Arsenal vs Barcelona is BY FAR the most anticipated crunch match and Arsenal didn't do themselves any favours by finishing second in their group. Manchester United & Chelsea received kind fixtures, drawing Marseille & FC Copenhagen respectively. There is also a rematch of last seasons final with Inter taking on Bayern Munich. High Flying Tottenham drew AC Milan who wobbled through their group.
Arsenal must surely be worried considering they drew the almighty Barcelona. In recent years Barcelona have established themselves as the 'passing' perfectionists and they play a simliar footballing side with Arsenal arguably the most entertaining Premier League side to watch. I'm predicting an exciting encounter with Barca slightly edging the Gunners. Who knows, we might even have 'The Messi Show" again!
Champions League first timers Tottenham face a difficult visit to the San Siro but if they perform like they did against last seasons champions Inter Milan they could be in with a real shout. They are also the Champions League's top scorers, with a tally of 18 and with the likes of Rafa Van Der Vaart, Jermain Defoe & Luka Modric, I can see them cruising into the quarter finals and set up a potential visit to the Nou Camp.
Here is the full draw in chronological order:
AS Roma vs FC Shakhtar Donetsk
AC Milan vs Tottenham Hotspur FC
Valencia CF vs FC Schalke 04
FC Internazionale Milano vs FC Bayern München
Olympique Lyonnais vs Real Madrid CF
Arsenal FC vs FC Barcelona
Olympique de Marseille vs Manchester United FC
FC København vs Chelsea FC