Barcelona vs Manchester City and Bayern Munich vs Arsenal
The draw for the round of 16 for the Champions League resulted in some mouthwatering matches. Here are the details:
- Manchester City(ENG) v FC Barcelona (ESP)
- Olympiacos (GRE) v Manchester United (ENG)
- Milan (ITA) v Atlético Madrid (ESP)
- Bayer Leverkusen (GER) v Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)
- Galatasaray (TUR) v Chelsea (ENG)
- Schalke (GER) v Real Madrid (ESP)
- Zenit (RUS) v Borussia Dortmund (GER)
- Arsenal (ENG) v Bayern Munich (GER)
The matches will be played on 18/19 and 25/26 February and the return matches on 11/12 and 18/19 March.
The draw for the quarter-finals will be held at 12.00CET on 21 March with the semi-final lineup drawn on 11 April, also at 12.00CET. The tournament concludes at Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica on 24 May.
This is straightforward: The draw will be held at 12:00 CET today / 11:00 GMT / 15:00 Dubai Time. It will be on UEFA.com live, or Al Jazeera Sport +10and HD6.
The possibilities are limited for the group winners and here are the only choices:
- Manchester United FC (ENG): Can play Galatasaray, Olympiacos, Schalke, Zenit, Milan
- Real Madrid CF (ESP): Can play Leverkusen, Olympiacos, Manchester City, Schalke, Arsenal, Zenit, Milan
- Paris Saint-Germain (FRA): Can play Leverkusen, Galatasaray, Manchester City, Schalke, Arsenal, Zenit, Milan
- FC Bayern München (GER, holders): Can play Galatasaray, Olympiacos, Arsenal, Zenit, Milan
- Chelsea FC (ENG): Can play Leverkusen, Galatasaray, Olympiacos, Zenit, Milan
- Borussia Dortmund (GER): Can play Galatasaray, Olympiacos, Manchester City, Zenit, Milan
- Club Atlético de Madrid (ESP): Can play Leverkusen, Galatasaray, Olympiacos, Manchester City, Schalke, Arsenal, Milan
- FC Barcelona (ESP): Can play Leverkusen, Galatasaray, Olympiacos, Manchester City, Schalke, Arsenal, Zenit
Forget that 3 out of 4 goals were based on dubious refereeing decisions. FC Barcelona deserved to lose.
Here is my post match review published: Barcelona Ripped Apart by Bayern Munich 0-4
Messi was one man to blame for Barcelona’s loss
There are a lot of rumors about the ability, readiness, and sanity of Lionel Messi’s participation in the second leg game of the Champions League quarter-finals stage against Paris Saint-Germain.
I am not a doctor, but maybe you are an armchair one. He should not play this game even if the medical team gave him the green light or the go-ahead to. The math is simple:
- This is only Paris Saint-Germain
- The away first-leg result is not a bad one
- The team played a magnificent match without him over the weekend
- He never took rest
- An injured player should not be rushed back into action
- Risking Messi’s career is at stake
- One match and one season lost are not as important as a forced early retirement
Barcelona need Messi. Messi cannot stay off the pitch. The world loves seeing him. Yet, I ask the guardian angels of football to insert some logic in Messi’s head and persuade him against playing.
Messi said on his Facebook page: “I will return soon, thankfully it was not so serious.” Let us hope soon is not 10 April, for his own sake.
The draw for the Champions League Quarter-Finals Stage has been concluded. The games will be on 2nd and 3rd, 9th and 10th of April, 2013.
Real Madrid vs Galatasaray
Malaga vs Dortmund
P$G vs Barcelona
Bayern Munich vs Juventus
The Champions League Draw Ceremony will commence at 12:00 CET (11:00 GMT – 15:00 DXB)
Here is one for the Nostradamus-esque lovers: Predictions on who will meet who in the Champions League Quarter-Finals Stage
- Barcelona vs Real Madrid
- PSG vs Juventus
- Galatasaray vs Bayern Muich
- Malaga vs Dortmund
Now, and if the above happened or did not happen, Juventus are Platini’s favorites, and he might already be frustrated from the numbers of El Clasico battles every season.
The Road to Wembley…again!
There are many reviews post the great showing of FC Barcelona against AC Milan.
Here is one by “@BarcaBlogger” on Barca’s Blog:
“It was what the fans wanted and it was what Barcelona wanted – a ticket to… [Continue Reading]“
ATTAAAAAAACK! This is BARCAAAAAAAAAA!
It seems everyone has turned into a ‘Guardiola’ and asking to field in 4 and 5 forwards in Barcelona’s starting lineup to ensure qualification against Milan. This is sad.
There are many other points to consider tactically and no, fielding that much of forwards does not ensure a huge win. Barcelona is not the pathetic team to take desperate measures specifically tailored for one match.
I will not argue with all the fans and explain why that would be stupid. If you want my full tactical insight, you can check my tweets from last night. For the time being, I am trying to make things easier for the viewer and that’s why I created the table below for clarification.
Team to Qualify
|Any Milan Win
|Barcelona 1-0 Milan
|Barcelona 2-0 Milan
|Barcelona 2-1 Milan
|Barcelona 3-0 Milan
|Barcelona 3-1 Milan
|Barcelona 3-2 Milan
|Barcelona 4-1 Milan
|Barcelona 4-2 Milan
In summary, Barcelona need to end the match with a 3 goal margin or more to directly qualify.
Whoever created this photo for the match, is either a genius or an utter fool.
FC Barcelona managed a 2-0 win against Deportivo La Coruna in La Liga. The game came as a final step in the preparations for the biggest Champions League anticipated comeback in history against Milan on 12 March, 2013.
Here is my review of the game and the points relevant to the Milan game:
The lessons learned from Barcelona’s win were many. Yet, before being carried away, one has to remember it was an encounter between the best attack in the Spanish League and the worst defence. On top of that, it was a match… [Continue Reading HERE]
Barcelona vs Milan – Champions League Leg Two 2013
The UEFA Champions League round of 16 draw was held in Nyon, on 20 December 2012. The teams drawn featured nine former title winners. Two seeding pots were formed: one consisting of group winners and the other of runners-up. Group winners will be away in the round of 16 first legs on 12/13 and 19/20 February and at home in the return matches on 5/6 and 12/13 March. Here are the games: