CHAMPIONS LEAGUE DRAW LIVE: Manchester United and Arsenal discover their quarter-final opponents

19 March 2010 11:41
Email your thoughts on the draw hereQUARTER-FINAL DRAWLyon v BordeauxBayern Munich v Manchester UnitedArsenal v BarcelonaInter Milan v CSKA MoscowSemi-final draw:Bayern/Manchester Utd v Lyon/BordeauxInter/CSKA Moscow v Arsenal/Barcelona11.35: We've all made this mistake before (particularly when talking about the possibility of a United v Liverpool final) but there remains the very slim possibility of an all-English final.

What a great draw for Manchester United. Now I just hope Arsenal knock out Barcelona and it will be the perfect draw!!!!! Robin Ludick

Bayern Munich could well provide the toughest of tests for United Robin. Whoever wins that quarter-final will fancy their chances in the semi-finals for sure.

Worst draw imaginable - Barcelona, then Inter, then United. Still, can't say we didn't deserve to win it if we get through those three!Aaron Downey

Welcome back Aaron. It doesn't come much tougher than this for the Arsenal.

11.27: So what do you think? Please send me your thoughts on that exciting draw gone by.

11.24: I recall Bayern Munich knocking United of the Champions League at the quarter-final stage in 2001. It will nearly all be about 1999 however.

11.20: Cesc Fabregas will of course be lining up against Barcelona, a club many people believe he will join at some stage.

11.17: Well, a couple of absolute crackers there. A repeat of that unforgettable 1999 final in Barcelona, and a rematch of the 2006 final in Paris.

11.12: We're nearly there folks, I promise. I can see those balls

11.10: Emilio Butragueno is introduced to the punters to talk about the Bernabeu.What a fabulous player he was.

11.07: A video flashes up with memories of the Bernabeu. It is simply lovely to briefly hear that gentleman of the game Brian Moore describing Nottingham Forest's win over Hamburg in the 1980 final at that famous old ground.

11.05: We are reminded that the final will take place in Madrid this season, on a Saturday for the first time. I still can't believe Real Madrid lost in the last round.Genuinely still can't believe it.

As an Arsenal fan, I'd love Bordeaux, then the winner of Lyon v CSKA in the semis. Knowing our luck, it'll be Barcelona that gets that route and we'll get that lot up North!Aaron Downey

Good to hear from you Aaron. We'll soon find out - it certainly seems that most fans of Arsenal and United would rather avoid Barcelona.

11.00: Yes it's that music. You can tell quite a lot about a person when they voice opinion about the Champions League theme. I like it very very much - it brings back so many memories of sultry dramatic nights.

10.55: The draw is fast approaching for the quarter-finals of the Champions League. The great and good of the European game are gathering in Her Majesty's Nyon for the main event.

10.47: We'll also find out about any prospective semi-final matches today. UEFA (in my opinion ludicrously) still like it that way for some reason.

10.42: I've heard Bayern Munich mentioned as dark horses more than once this season - if you can genuinely refer to a club of Bayern Munich's stature as 'dark horses'. Bayern boss Louis van Gaal seems to be playing down their chances however.

He says: 'If I had to bet on the winners of the Champions League,  I would not bet on Bayern Munich. I think Barcelona and Manchester are the teams (to beat). Barcelona are the top favourites for me. It would be unbelievable for me, if we were to succeed against teams like these. We would need to have some luck and everything would need to go our way.'

10.37: Much of the pre-draw coverage has centred around the importance of avoiding Barcelona, but the feeling may be mutual. Barcelona technical secretary Txiki Begiristain told Spanish newspaper Marca: 'Right now, all the rivals are very strong but I prefer to avoid Manchester United.'

Super show: Emmanuel Eboue rounds Porto's goalkeeper Helton on the way to scoring in Arsenal's splendid 5-0 victory last week

So whose pulling the balls out of the bag today Nick?James W Doherty

UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino and the ambassador for the Madrid final, Emilio Butrague?will make the draws - this comes from the UEFA website.

10.35: Please feel to email your thoughts as we build up to the draw - simply click on the link above. Who do you fancy your team drawing? Who would you like to avoid?

10.33: Defending champions Barcelona remain the tournament favourites, while Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan must fancy their chances now after that superb performance at Chelsea. German giants Bayern Munich and CSKA Moscow are also in the draw, and of course two French clubs are still involved. Lyon and Bordeaux are still in their with a fighting chance.

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10.30: There are just twoEnglish clubs in this year's quarter-finals. Manchester United havereached the past two finals, while Arsenal are aiming to reach a firstfinal since 2006. What price a rematch after last year's semi-final?Arsenal and their supporters may feel they have a score to settle.

10.25: Didn't Fulham do wellthen? A quite amazing result at Craven Cottage, which must rank as oneof the finest ever for a British club. More about the Europa Leaguelater, but for now we're focusing on the world's biggest clubcompetition - the old Champions League. Or the European Cup for thoseof us that can't help but deal in old money.

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