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Thursday, March 10, 2005

Who versus Who?

Liverpool, Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Juventus, PSV Eindhoven, Lyon, AC Milan, Inter or Porto. Firstly I think Inter will use home advantage to defeat Porto, who have to rely on perhaps McCarthy. Also, I would prefer PSV for Liverpool. PSV have had their talents stripped (Robben, Kezman, Rommedahl) and are building again. Van Bommel seems a captain ready to take charge and surge for the European final. Few may consider their potential progress, as they would with Liverpool. Both teams can defend well and can deliver good attacks on their best days. Chelsea need to face another formidable opponent to prove their worth further, nothing else will suffice. They'll need to face a side who attacks strongly, fervently, and can defend well in numbers, almost like themselves. I think Chelsea v AC Milan should do. Crespo relishes showing his current employers they shouldn't have loaned him out. Stam got his revenge on Sir Alex, now it's Crespo's turn.

Juventus seem agile enough in attack, Del Piero, Ibrahimovic, Trezeguet, Zalayeta, Nedved, Camoranesi to name a few. Likewise, Lyon have shown they can punish a near comatose side as in Werder Bremen, their attacking flair seemed like pirahnas. If Lyon wish to approach with such playability, they should test themselves at the Stadio Delle Alpi, Juventus v Lyon. That leaves Inter v Bayern Munich. Believing the Italian side can use experience to knock out Porto, their attack of Davids, Karagounis, Martins, Vieri and Adriano can come up against a Bayern back four with experience and a rugged determination to hold ground and absorb pressure, as they showed against Arsenal.

Liverpool v PSV Eindhoven, Bayern Munich v Internazionale, AC Milan v Chelsea, Lyon v Juventus.



Blogger T said...

Redsman, if the good people at UEFA are like you, I would have to question just how free from rigging champs league draws are!? If Liverpool get PSV, it is time for all Pool fans to get on their knees, look to the skies, and say thank-you. Leverkusen followed by PSV would mean that Liverpool are less playing in the 'Champions' league, and more the 'Also-runs' league.

3/16/2005 12:48 am


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