15 March 2012

Nobody wants to Barca in the Champions

Real Madrid and Chelsea joined the list of quarter-finalists. The draw in Nyon will define the way to Munich.

Real Madrid and Chelsea joined the list of potential rivals Barça in the draw for the Champions to be held tomorrow at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon. A draw will define the quarterfinals and semifinals and nobody wants to catch up with the club. The Madrid got rid of CSKA Moscow without problems (4-1, 5-2 on aggregate) but paid a high price: lost Xabi Alonso, his most important player in the midfield for the first leg of quarters. Meanwhile, Chelsea qualified after an agonizing tie at Napoli where needed the extension (4-1, 5-4 on aggregate).

If not matched the hype before, there is almost for granted that the 'Pep Team' and 'Neogalácticos' candidates are competing to European hegemony in the Allianz Arena on 19 May. A significant finding: although all except the first group were classified Arsenal, Barça and Madrid are close to Chelsea the only teams to repeat in the quarter compared to last year.

In the ten duels Guardiola-Mourinho have registered five wins Blaugrana and four draws. Barça has yielded only one defeat after a balanced match, but in the final of the Copa del Rey. Hence the value that a two-legged match increases your options. In fact, Josep Guardiola has explained that only wants to avoid at Milan. The set Lombard has progressed from the group stage and the elimination against Inter in the semi Pep 2009-10 shows that the risks increase when multiplying dangerously fighting. Nor Milan is interested in crossing with the club. This is Maxi López confessed exblaugrana recruited by Massimo Allegri in the winter market.

Milan, along with Bayern Munich lead the second tier of favorites, which could include Chelsea. Instead, a match with Olympique Marseille and Benfica seems a priori more simple, especially if Barça has the field factor. Undoubtedly, the 'bargain' with the dream that all the APOEL Nicosia, a team which will take the hype with all the homework done and very limited potential.

In any case, tomorrow will be defined which path to follow to get to Munich. (via SPORT)