Champions League: English Tie Highlights Quarter Draw
In regards to facing Chelsea or an English side in the Champions League quarter-finals, Steven Gerrard said:
"If that happens we'll deal with it at the time but it would be nice to avoid the English teams for as long as possible. It will be an exciting tie if we do draw one, that's for sure."
Exciting it will be. In the first pick of today's UEFA Champions League Quarter-Finals draw, Arsenal and Liverpool were matched up in the only all-English tie.
In an interesting twist, Arsenal and Liverpool will match up three times in seven days: April 2nd, at Emirates for the first leg of the quarter finals; April 5th at Emirates for an EPL match; and April 8th, at Anfield, for the second leg of the quarter finals.
Liverpool have four wins in a row in the EPL and are coming off a victory at San Siro.
Arsenal's form has been a bit sloppier, having 3 draws in a row after 3 consecutive wins in the EPL. They too are coming off a big win at San Siro.
The tie between these two clubs could turn out to be epic. They drew 1-1 last October at Anfield and have never met before in the Champions League.
The other ties:
Roma played two respectable matches against Manchester United in the group stage earlier this season, loosing 1-0 Away and drawing 1-1 at Home.
But memories of loosing 7-1 at Old Trafford in last year's quarter-finals can't be far from their minds. Roma have the confidence of recently beating Euro Juggernaut Real Madrid, but getting an ego boost will not help them stop a Christiano Ronaldo in solid form.
Don't expect quarter final newcomers Fenerbahce and Schalke to put in a strong showing against Chelsea and Barca, respectively. Fener and Schalke have both shown they can battle it out in the first knock-out round, but the quarter finals are a different story. And both Chelsea and Barca are Champions League veterans. Neither of these match-ups have occurred before in European play.
The draw also occurred for the semi-finals:
The winner of Arsenal/Liverpool will play the winner of Fenerbahce/Chelsea.
The winner of Schalke/Barcelona will play the winner of Roma/Manchester United.
Liverpool and Chelsea could potentially meet in the semi-finals....again. And with Manchester United being as strong as they are, the Red Devils could end up in the finals.
Sorry Stevie G. If Liverpool want to grab onto European glory again this year, they might have to plow through all three of their English rivals to get there.
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