When the draw was made yesterday, England had a mix of good and bad luck.
Arsenal drew Barcelona, arguably the toughest team in the tournament. You could argue it was written in the stars, what with the way the two giants played last year and Arsenal’s insistence they would be happy to play against Barcelona. It won’t be an easy match at all for Arsenal, but hopefully they won’t have the same level of injury problems as they did last year, and should provide more of a threat to the Catalan side. Arsenal will definitely want revenge for the humbling they received last year.
Manchester United got Marseille. As strong as the French side are, this was not a bad selection for Manchester United. While anything can happen in football, over two legs you would have to say Manchester United are the favourites to progress.
Tottenham drew AC Milan. This should be a very interesting match-up, experience against inexperience. Of course Milan have a very strong team, and are top of their league, but don’t underestimate Arsenal’s North London neighbours, who will undoubtedly have a speed advantage over the tired legs of Milan.
Chelsea drew Copenhagen. With all due respect to the Danes, this should be a walk in the park for Chelsea, even if their bad form continues. Chelsea were definitely the most fortunate of all the English teams, and unless there are major problems Chelsea should advance.
Taking into account that there will probably be at least two English teams advancing into the final eight, it looks likely that there will be at least one English team in the final four.