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With three English sides in the quarterfinals, there was a good chance that there would be an all-English matchup.
And it is Chelsea, who only realistically have the Champions League left in terms of getting themselves a trophy this season, and Manchester United, who have dropped in form recently but are in a strong position to regain the league title, who will meet in a rematch of the 2008 final.
The pressure is on Chelsea to deliver in this competition, and Carlo Ancelotti may well lose his job if his team fails in Europe as well. But Chelsea should feel fairly confident about this fixture, having beaten United on March 1, and seem to have found form again after that stretch between November and January where they won just two games out of 11 in the league.
The likes of Frank Lampard and Nicolas Anelka are back on form and scoring goals, while the defence, the best in the league, has been strengthened by the signing of David Luiz who has started his Chelsea career very well so far.
Coming into this game, United will look to the likes of Javier Hernandez and Wayne Rooney,who are both in great form, to lead the line and put pressure on the best Premier League defence and to push for any crucial away goals in the first leg at Stamford Bridge. Any result at Stamford Bridge, maybe even a defeat by only a goal, will be received well by United, who would feel confident heading into the second leg considering their impressive home form this season.
The fact that the second leg will be at Old Trafford should be beneficial for United, whose away goals defeat to Bayern in last year’s tournament was the first time they’d been knocked out of the Champions League when playing the second leg of a match at Old Trafford since Jose Mourinho’s Porto were victorious in 2004.
Because of this, I believe that both teams will probably win their home legs, but with Manchester United in the slightly better position of being at home second, I have a feeling that they might just edge the tie over the course of the two games.
WINNERS - MANCHESTER UNITED