Champions league draw

20 03 2009

A pretty solid draw, but you’d have to say Manchester United were given a clear road to defend their title in the final. If we were to rank the teams four out of the top five would likely be sitting in that second semi-final group with Barca, Bayern, Liverpool & Chelsea. The Red Devils, on the other hand, have Porto, who were unable to beat Atletico in either leg, and if they win that will either face Villarreal, a solid team but by no means a juggernaut, or an Arsenal team that may or may not show up. So you’d probably do well to wager them into the finals.

Oh, and if you hadn’t figured it out yet, they did set up a Barca – ManU final, yes. Didn’t see that coming. Nope.

As for the other draws…does anyone have more to lose than Jose Mourinho? What happens if both Avram Grant and Guus Hiddink do something he couldn’t? Not only that, but what happens if it’s exciting, like last year, instead of those paint-drying, grass-growing displays of years gone? And Chelsea win to boot? Will Guus run onto the center circle, pound a double shot of vodka and yell, “Who’s the Special One now, huh?!?!?“? I vote yes.

On the other side, well, you’re going to have to do a lot of heavy convincing for me not to believe that’s a little bit of karma for the Bavarians.

All in all a few great and interesting draws. But then, this is the Champions League – shouldn’t that always be the case?

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