Sport: 2008/09 Champion League Quarter Final draw is out

2008/09 Champions League quarter final draw is out after the draw at UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland.

Champion League cup holder, Manchester United drew 2004 champion, Porto. This match bring back the memory of 2004, when Porto boss, Jose Mourinho lead his team beat Manchester United and clinch the title. Porto is among the easiet opponent compare to other such as Barcelona and Liverpool. On the other hand, Liverpool continue the rivalry with Chelsea in Champion League after they will meet for the sixth time in six seasond in Champion League. Another English giant, Arsenal has drew against Villarreal CF at away for the first tie. Barcelone, winner in 2006 drew Bayern Munich.

The quarter final first tie will take place on April 7-8 with the return legs of the following week.

Beside that, the draw for the semi-finals was out. The winner of Liverpool match against Chelsea will face the winners of Barcelona match against Bayern Munich While Manchester United will take on Arsenal or Villarreal if they take down Porto.

The first leg of the semis is due to take place on April 28-29. and the second leg will be held in the following week.


My prediction:

Aggregate:Villarreal 1-2 Arsenal

Arsenal is a team with a lot of youngster which can change the game. In the earlier of this year, injury crisis cause Arsenal in inconsistent form. Arsenal attack is sharpen by the return of Theo Walcott and Eduardo. Former Arsenal star, Robert Pires will face his old club and boss but I think he will unable to provide any useful information about Arsenal because Arsenal current squad member is different with Pires era squad member. Villarreal with give a hard fight to Arsenal but i think Arsenal will manage to beat them and through to semi-final.

Aggregate: Manchester United 3-0 Porto

Ronaldo+Rooney+Berbatov is fear by every defender and Vidic+Ferdinand+Van der Sar is solid mountain. Even though last week 1-4 defeat to Liverpool was due to defender mistake, but I think they took it as lesson and momentum to bounce back and defend their champion. I hardly can see Porto can give any hard resist to Manchester United. Veterans such as Giggs and Scholes will kick Red Devil into semi final.

Aggregare: Liverpool 3-2 Chelsea

Liverpool and Chelsea meet again in Champion League. Benitez's side won the 2004/05 semi-final, before the teams locked horns in the 2005/06 group stage. Liverpool then won the 2006/07 semi-final against Chelsea, who turned the tables under manager Avram Grant last term. Gerard and Torres is the key player for Liverpool. Both of them are in excellent form and will give everything to send Liverpool to semi-final. But Guus Hiddink will not let Liverpool going through next round. With his magic touch and the return form of Drogba and Essien from injury, Chelsea has equal ability compare to Liverpool. But I think Liverpool will go through this round because of lady lucky shine at Anfield.

Aggregate: Barcelona 4-2 Bayern Munich

Barcelona and Bayern Munich posed very strong in attacking. Barcelona have Messi, Eto and Henry while Bayern Munich have Ribery, Klose and Toni. Despite winning 12-1 in aggregate over Sporting, Bayern defend will hard to resist the Barcelona Tri-Ace attack and the commanding Xavi at midfield.

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