Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Champions League doozies

We have a host of potentially epic clashes this week in the Champions League.

Tonight, what looks like the highlight is Real Madrid taking on Juventus. Close second is Arsenal and Bayern Munich. The treat of the week though? No question it is Chelsea against Barcelona. Although Chelsea is without a few key players, the match still has many undertones flowing thru it.

Jose Mourinho used to coach at Barcelona under Louis van Gaal, spending a series of formative years developing his bedside manner which the players claim to be excellent. Another undertone is Deco playing for Barcelona, a former player of Jose Mourinho’s; they had a love hate relationship.

I think Chelsea is going to have a lot of problems containing Barcelona. Barca come into the match in supreme form and mostly healthy. Barcelona has the greatest chance of taking a lead into the second and if I were Chelsea, I would expect a draw to be welcome.

As for Real Madrid, Bayern, Juventus and Arsenal I sense Real will win and Arsenal-Bayern will end a draw.
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