Champion's League: Tuesday's games preview

Clement AndreauCorrespondent IMarch 3, 2008

Tonight, playing the first half of the Champions League Finals round of 16 are:


Manchester United—Olympique Lyonnais:

With a 1-1 draw at Lyon's stade Gerland, Manchester only needs a 0-0 draw to insure qualification. However knowing Man U's style,and the loads of goals they have been scoring lately, we know they'll try to score as soon as they can to insure qualification.  

Lyon if they want to create a surprise win (or a 2-2 draw) will have to attack and rely on solid defense to stop Manchester's strikers from scoring. They are counting on Brazilian international defender Cris (returning from a long injury) to be on C.Ronaldo's back all game.

However, Manchester should not be afraid of the French side, they will just need to play their usual game, without forgetting to watch prodigy center forward Karim Benzema.

Ferguson knows the young Lyonnais could be turning the party off as he declared, "This player can score anytime, and that's why he is dangerous."

Evra highlighted, "The pressure is on us because everyone expects us to qualify. That is why will put pressure on them from the beggining of the game."


AC MIlan—Arsenal:

After a disappointing 0-0 at the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal will have to play their best if they want to shake Milan's solid defense.

AC hasn't been that great at San Siro in Serie A but we know the CL's holder are a great competitive team, and they will do everything to save win a tittle this season as their chance to win the Scudetto are gone. 

I can't wait to see Pato playing (althought is not sure to start the game) against the Gunners, as I am sure I will give a lot of work to Gallas and his team-mates.

Arsene Wenger has to come with one of his magical strategy, if he wants his team to pull it off. 

Here are the groups for the game: 


Kalac, Fiori, Offredi—Maldini, Nesta, Kaladze, Simic, Favalli, Bonera, Oddo—Emerson, Gattuso, Seedorf, Gourcuff, Pirlo, Ambrosini—Kakà, Gilardino, Inzaghi, Pato, Paloschi



Lehmann, Almunia—Sagna, Senderos, Gallas, Clichy, Eboué, J. Hoyte—Fabregas, Diaby, Flamini, Hleb, Gilberto, Denilson—Van Persie, Adebayor, Bendtner, Walcott


Sevilla FC—Fenerbahce

After an intense game in Istanbul, ending by a 3-2 win for Fenerbahce, Sevilla only needs to win 1-0 to qualify. The Turks are a hard team to beat, and Sevilla's forward will have to score quick. Kanoute and Sevilla's forward will have to put a strong effort if they want to get there

The Turks are playing without Roberto Carlos, he is still suffering from an injury contracted during the home game.

I still think last year UEFA Cup's winner will make it to the quarter final as they are playing on home ground, where they beat Madrid this season in Liga.


FC Barcelona - Celtic Glasgow

After a great display of their capibilities in Scotland and the 3-2 win, Barcelona is definetly favourite, as Celtic should not even have scored in the first game.

Playing at Camp Nou is always tough for the away team. I have been twice in this stadium and the atmosphere is just crazy. Ronaldinho is coming back to his best level, despite his team away loss to Athletico Madrid this weekend (4-2) Ronaldinho scored a very nice bicycle kick, and has just been more consistent in his last three games.

However, we should not underestimate the Scott's fighting spirit, something that Barça's midlefielder Deco doesnt forget to do declaring, "At this stage of the competition everything is possible. We are not qualify yet, even if a lot of people thinks we are. We'll have to be carefull against Celtic."

Clement Andreau and just because you need to see it, I added Ronaldinho's goal in  my media center.