This is where it all gets interesting. The Champions League quarterfinals are around the corner and all of us European football fans are eagerly anticipating the matches in front of us.
The draw in Nyon, Switzerland gave us these four wonderful ties: APOEL, the surprise package of the quarterfinals got here by beating Lyon, takes on nine-time winners Real Madrid, who conquered the challenge of CSKA Moscow. The winner of that tie plays the winner of Marseille, the only French side left in the competition after beating Inter Milan, and Bayern Munich, the German representative who demolished FC Basel 7-0 in the second leg of the Round of 16.
The other side of the draw has Benfica, who slayed the Russian side Zenit St. Petersburg, take on the only English team who, in unlikely circumstances, came back to beat Napoli, Chelsea FC. The winner of that tie plays the winner of the most interesting tie, in my opinion. The tie puts up a rematch of a group stage match up, AC Milan, the Italians who (barely) fought off Arsenal, and FC Barcelona, the defending champions, who destroyed Bayer Leverkusen in the second leg, thanks to a Lionel Messi 5-goal cameo.
The matchups that UEFA drew up for us gave us many interesting stories coming from seven different countries. From Spain to Cyprus, we'll have all types of competition from around Europe.
Here's my take on the four match-ups and who'll face off in the semifinals of Europe's most prestigious competition.