Champions League draw – your views

December 19, 2008

Jose Mourinho will clash with old foe Alex Ferguson in the Champions League last 16 with holders Manchester United playing Inter Milan.

It is England v Italy twice more with Juventus coach Claudio Ranieri facing former club Chelsea while Arsenal and Roma, two teams who love to play the beautiful game, also meet.

Real Madrid against Liverpool will also be special for Madrid-born Rafael Benitez. Here’s the draw. What do you make of it?

Chelsea v Juventus

Villarreal v Panathinaikos

Sporting Lisbon v Bayern Munich

Atletico Madrid v Porto

Olympique Lyon v Barcelona

Real Madrid v Liverpool

Arsenal v AS Roma

Inter Milan v Manchester United

18 comments

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Mourinho vs Ferguson and Real Madrid v Liverpool look the juiciest ties. Anyone remember the last time Liverpool played Real in the European Cup?

Posted by Kevin Fylan | Report as abusive

A couple of teams will get an ‘easier looking’ quarter-final given it’s Villarreal v Panathinaikos and Atletico Madrid v Porto

Posted by Mark | Report as abusive

I think Liverpool have a tough draw but home advantage in the second leg will really help. Looks like a UEFA conspiracy to get rid of the English teams :)

Posted by Sattar Shakoor | Report as abusive

And to answer my own question, Real and Liverpool last met in the Euroepan cup in the final in 1981. strange that they haven’t crossed paths since, especially in the last few Champions League years. As Mark says, will be interesting with Benitez there. I’m sure he’ll be high up their wish list if Juande Ramos doesn’t work out between now and the end of the season.

Posted by Kevin Fylan | Report as abusive

Maybe it is me but as a Manchester United supporter, I was relieved Manchester United has not been drawn to face Real Madrid. With all that latest speculation over Cristiano Ronaldo’s future, it will be really intriuging if it had happened.

But still, Sir Alex versus Jose…should be still very interesting.

Real Madrid v Man U would have been fantasice, given Sir Alex’s comments yesterday. Talk about needle. Maybe in the quarter-finals?

Posted by Kevin Fylan | Report as abusive

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Why is the focus always on the Premier League in the write up? You could at least write a sentence or two about the other four games.

Anyway, I see a quarter final that has four English teams and three Spanish teams (sorry Real Madrid, but the Reds are just too good for you at the moment), plus Bayern of course. That’s based on current forms of course. Many things can change in two months.

Since Barcelona are the favorites to win it all this season, I wanted to see them in a more exciting encounter against an English team, since they were responsible for knocking Barca out three times in the past four seasons (the exception being 2006 when they won it). Morinho’s Inter vs Barca would have been exciting also, because of Jose’s quasi-rivalry with the Catalans.

So how many players can you name who have played for Real and Liverpool. I can think of 4 straight off.

Posted by Jim | Report as abusive

A very bad draw, mostly best and strong teams against each other, and semi-finals won\’t look very interesting like clash of giants as inter and MU.

Posted by Mushegh | Report as abusive

Looking far ahead, I dream of a United – Barca final with the two best players in the world, Ronaldo and Messi, going toe-to-toe.

I’m actually pleased and excited with the draw.
All the matches makes for excellent football watching.

When it comes to this point in the champions league, a deserved eventual champion should be comfortable challenging ANY team.

Posted by Five Times | Report as abusive

When we have sent the “Special One” and his crew to the scrapheap of history, we will wipe out “that mob” like a virus. Champions of England, kings of Europe, emperors of the world – long live United’s tyranny.

Posted by Red Devil | Report as abusive

Anelka, Owen, McManama, Nunez, Arbeloa, Dudek, Morientes

Posted by Jim | Report as abusive

Mcintyre, Treadmore, Davitt

Posted by sir kay | Report as abusive

It is going to be strange this year!!!

I think the blues will ride high on juventus

Posted by Doggy | Report as abusive

All the English teams will qualify to the next stage because thhe current form of the Italian teams can be compared to the English. Liverpool will beat Real Madrid

Posted by obenperez | Report as abusive

you go well

Posted by xlsm11 | Report as abusive