The ultimate spherical of Champions League final 16 matches had been performed out on Wednesday night this week, which means we are able to now see who we might face within the quarter finals of the competitors.
The draw will likely be made on Friday morning at 11am.
So, who’re the ultimate eight groups?
Man Metropolis (ENG)
Actual Madrid (ESP)
Chelsea are considered one of two surviving English golf equipment left within the competitors.
Wanting on the above, this can be a very powerful set of groups to beat. Regardless of Benfica maybe being the ‘best’ possibility on there, any considered one of these groups are going to be VERY onerous to beat.
A part of me simply has this sense that because of the complete Enzo Fernandez switch saga in January, that we’ll face Benfica within the subsequent spherical. Think about that! Or perhaps because of the Romelu Lukaku factor, we get Inter Milan.
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The bookies have Chelsea as sixth favourites to win the UCL from the remaining golf equipment, and fairly frankly, I a lot favor being the underdogs. Being towards all the percentages, it’s how we gained it in our earlier two instances, and there’s no motive why we are able to’t try this once more now this 12 months.
There are such a lot of parallels with the final two instances we gained this competitors, so many issues really feel the identical. Supervisor adjustments and toxicity on the membership, it’s simply setup for our third UCL win in our historical past, certainly!?
In fact, I’m dreaming. However we’ve to dream massive, we’ve to perception. The gamers have to try this, the coaches have to try this, they’ve to really consider we are able to win this and battle for each single ball.
I’m in two minds as to who I need to face within the subsequent spherical. A part of me needs one of many ‘simpler’ groups, occupied with additional prize cash for entering into the semi-finals, and in addition the achievement of getting there and what it may possibly do for confidence and morale. However then, there aren’t any simple groups now in order that is perhaps irrelevant.
The opposite facet of me thinks that if we need to win the entire thing, then we’ve to beat the very best in some unspecified time in the future, and we are able to completely beat any staff on our day. We will, we really can, however we’ve to be ‘on our day’ to take action.
Taking a look at it I’d somewhat keep away from one of many ‘massive weapons’ like Manchester Metropolis, Bayern, or Actual Madrid. However equally, as we all know, we are able to knock any of them out on our day. Napoli wont be thought-about a ‘massive gun’ actually, however really, they scare me, they’re on fireplace and have objectives written throughout them.
European and knockout soccer is so completely different to Premier League matches, and even in all of the turmoil this season, we’ve been shining within the UCL. Chelsea should not concern anybody and should consider they’ll beat any of those groups.
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