UEFA Champions League Preview: Real Madrid, Manchester United, Chelsea and More

Parth PandyaContributor IIFebruary 22, 2011

Cup that counts
Cup that counts

The first two match days in the knockout phase of the Champions League saw some incredible action that ensured the media had a field day.

New entrants Tottenham Hotspur left the San Siro in stunned silence with a 1-0 victory over seven-time European champions AC Milan. Spanish champions FC Barcelona were undone at the Emirates Stadium, where hosts Arsenal registered a scintillating 2-1 come-from-behind victory.

German underdogs FC Schalke 04 kept their hopes alive by securing a 1-1 away draw against Spanish contenders Valencia.

In another mouth-watering clash in Italy, Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk narrowly beat AS Roma, 3-2, at Stadio Olympico.

The third and fourth match days of the first leg promise to be no lesser on the intensity front, either. Many of the traditional giants are raring to go reclaim glory in the European circuit and will be challenged by clubs that are fairly inexperienced but believe they can still punch above their weight.

The tournament has reached the stage where there are no pushovers left, just potential champions—each one of them.

Here’s a quick look at the prospects of the teams that lock horns over the next two days.

 

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