What To Expect From A Tasty Tie In The Champions League

By Bilal Zaidi

So the draw for the next round of the champions league has thrown up some great matches. Lyon face the mighty Man United, Liverpool get a tough tie against Inter, Barcelona take on the passionate Celtic and Arsenal face world player of the year Kaka’s team; AC Milan.

Here is the full draw:

Celtic v Barcelona
Lyon v Manchester United,
Schalke 04 v FC Porto
Liverpool v Internazionale
AS Roma v Real Madrid
Arsenal v AC Milan
Olympiakos v Chelsea
Fenerbahçe v Sevilla

What is there to say about AC Milan. Well AC Milan have just won the world club championships after beating Boca Juniors in the final 4-2. But in their domestic league they aren’t doing so well so far this season. They are lying 11th in the Italian Serie A but have played 3 less games than most other teams. If they won those 3 games and gained an additional 9 points they would shoot up to 5th behind Udinese, Juventus, Roma and Inter.

The most interesting statistic is the fact they have yet to win a game at home. They have drawn 5 at home and lost 2. Scoring only 3 goals at home and conceding 5….a very odd statistic indeed.

By the time we get back to the champions league on the 20th February, this statistic most probably would have changed. AC Milan face Inter Milan this weekend (watch it live from our streaming page) and this will give us a good indication as to how this team will come up against us.

My gut feeling is that it is a difficult tie but it could have been worse. They are beatable especially with such a contrast in different worlds. With the exception of Kaka, Milan are a solid typical Italian outfit with aging players. Arsenal are a young, bright, quick team full of players with flair and enthusiasm. It will be an interesting affair.

Watch this weekend:

Inter Milan vs AC Milan
Arsenal vs Tottenham
Liverpool vs Porstmouth
Manchester United vs Everton
Barcelona vs Real Madrid

All on our live streams page. Check the link and follow the links.


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