Make or Break: British Clubs in the Champions League

Daniel ChesterCorrespondent IFebruary 17, 2008

This week sees the remaining British teams in the Champions League attempt to get there seasons back on track.

Arsenal face AC Milan, Liverpool face Inter Milan, Chelsea face Olympiakos, Manchester United face Lyon, and Celtic are up against Barcelona

Not only do Chelsea go to Greece this week, they then return to face a Carling Cup final against Spurs on Sunday—and in truth, this is the biggest week in the job for Avram Grant so far. Although they are not quite out of the Premiership title race it seems as if it now will come down to the form of Arsenal and Manchester United although Chelsea still could have a say if the other two big guns slip up at any point.

Liverpool, on the other hand, have a much tougher task, facing Inter Milan top of Serie A by 11 points, off the back of a 2-1 FA Cup loss to Barnsley could not get much worse for Rafa Benitez's side and although the fans have been chanting for the American owners to get out, come the end of this week it could be Rafa who looks to be out of a job come the end of May.

Arsenal face AC Milan after a 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Manchester United, although they maybe helped by the absence of Kaka, the defeat at the weekend will seriously affect the morale of the side and they will look to get there season back on track with a good result during the week which well give them good impetus going into the final stages of the title race, which looks as if it will go right down to the wire.

Manchester United look the strongest side of the English teams this season, ripping Arsenal apart at the weekend and remaining on course in three competitions with a massive chance of repeating the treble of '99.

Finally, looking at Celtic, facing Barcelona at Parkhead on Wednesday night, the Glasgow giants have gone from a strong position in the title race to now finding themselves behind Rangers and a very tough draw in the Champions League could kill any chance of a trophy this season, if a predicted heavy defeat occurs, but it remains to be seen whether they will be left trophyless just yet.

Arsenal and Liverpool have had there troubles over the weekend and Arsenal now have only the Champions League and Premiership to contend, Liverpool on the other hand have only the Champions League after falling so far behind the front runners for the title. Chelsea's season return depends mainly upon the next couple of weeks, a cup final at the end of this week after a Champions League tie will run the rule over how well they do this season, with them seemingly out of the Premiership race. 

Hopefully, it won't all be doom and gloom after these ties for the English clubs