While Schalke 04 produced the upset of this round, perhaps the biggest in all of club football this season by defeating an arguably superior Inter Milan side 5-2, Tottenham Hotspur’s Peter Crouch has written a new chapter on poor decision-making.
After the first leg, both Inter Milan and Tottenham Hotspur fancy little to no chance of progressing to the next round. It’ll be a while before we see Tottenham competing in Europe’s premier club competition again.
FC Barcelona on the other hand are one step closer in securing a third consecutive La Liga crown. It remains to be seen whether the Blaugrana can produce an equally efficient performance against Shakhtar as their eternal rivals, Real Madrid, in their encounter with Tottenham.
The Ukraine side has proven to be a rather tough opponent for Pep Guardiola’s squad. On top of that, under Guardiola the Blaugrana have yet to register an away victory in the Champions League.
Assuming that Shakhtar remodel their half of the pitch into an Airbus factory, this will be the sternest test for Barca in their remaining campaign.
On the positive side of things, Maxwell and, more crucially, Pedro are cleared to play for the Blaugrana. The downside, FC Barcelona plays Shakhtar Donetsk at the Camp Nou first. This tie can go either way, intense and engaging or just another boring 90 minutes of “how to camp in the Camp Nou, with special foreword by Jose Mourinho.”
At any rate, I hope you guys join me as I try to cover the FC Barcelona/Shakhtar tie with this live blog.