Couldn’t be better for a United fan, as the Reds draw Lille, probably the easiest opponents. At least considering that Man U could have been drawn against Barcelona, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, and Roma, Lille look like godsend. I think United lost against Lille away last year, but this time, Sir Alex’s men should master the French job with ease.
Probably the most mouth-watering tie is Liverpool v/s Barcelona (of course, any game featuring Barca is worth watching). Barcelona should welcome back Samuel Eto’o and Lionel Messi from the treatment room. I’ll put my money on the Catalans to win this.
Chelsea have a relatively easy draw against Mourinho’s former club, FC Porto. Celtic play out-of-form AC Milan, while the other Milanese team, Inter have been drawn against old foes Valencia.
Arsenal have been handed a tough fixture against PSV Eindhoven, while Real Madrid have a really tough tie against Bayern Munich, the Germans having probably the stingiest defence in Europe. French champions Lyon will have to do battle with Totti’s Roma.
I predict Man U, Barca, Chelsea, Milan, Inter, Arsenal, Bayern and Lyon to make it to the quarterfinals. The last-16 will be played on Feb 20/21 and March 6/7.
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