A Quick take on remaining 8 teams in CL

My quick take on remaining 8 teams in CL

  • FC Barcelona

No one seems to find a way to stop them although a Madrid-Barca quarterfinal will see 4 games between both teams in a month or so: 2 CL legs, one Copa del Rey final, one La Liga game. I am not sure if there is a rule for clubs of the same country not being able too play each other in the QF

  • Tottenham Hotspur FC (ENG)

I am totally impressed by the way Tottenham played in Milan in such a un-EPL way (outside the big 4) to actually play on the ground with quick, short passes.They have a very deep bench with half a dozen international players and everyone saw the revival of William Gallas as a veteran next to the young Dawson who is finally playing injury-free.

  • FC Schalke 04 (GER)

The only German team to make it to the QF and that fired its coach, Felix Magath, a week later. They have a decent quick team with a mix of experience and Germany’s best goalkeeper, Manuel Neuer.

  • FC Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)

I would be worried of any team coached by Mr Lucescu.This Ukrainian team has the knack to get the lost boys of Brazil and make them into excellent,strong,talented players of Champions League caliber in a cold environment.

  • FC Internazionale Milano (ITA, holders)

Personally, Sneijder and Eto’o are arguably the best duo in the last 2 years although Xavi and Iniesta would have a say. Their defense is a disaster compared to last year but they seem to find a way to get the job done thanks to an excellent offensive trio with Pandev complementing

  • Manchester United FC (ENG)

I will always put effort, envy and ”grinta” in the Red Devils camp. With a mix of the old and the new, MUFC are still able to squeeze every last drop from Treble veterans Giggs and Scholes and handling important injuries including Anderson,Fletcher, Ferdinand, Vidic and the list goes on.

  • Chelsea FC (ENG)

Many doubted Ancellotti and wrongly they did. I still feel they need to get more from their midfield in the creative department as Frank ”The Tank” Lampard will feel the pressure of being the only creative midfielder if not supported enough by the winger/strikers and the likes of Essien and Ramires.

  • Real Madrid CF (ESP)

‘’The Mourinho Effect”.  I hope that I am not wrong but I do feel that an injured sub-par Cristiano Ronaldo is not a bad thing for Real Madrid. Marcelo and Ozil have exploded against Lyon. Kudos to Benzema for stepping up in spite of the political games in which he was indirectly involved between Mourinho and President Perez/Director Valdano.

 

Posted on 16 March 2011, in Soccer. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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