Champions League draw: quarter-finals match-by-match guide

19 March 2010 12:28
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Lyon v Bordeaux

Liverpool v Chelsea: John Terry seeks Champions League redemptionLaurent Blanc's Bordeaux ended Lyon's domestic dominance last season by winning 'Le Championnat' for the first time in a decade. Bordeaux have sustained their form under the former Manchester United defender and they are on course to retain their title.

Lyon currently sit in fifth place, but only two points behind Bordeaux and their European pedigree suggests that they will go into this all-French battle as narrow favourites.

Claude Puel's team produced arguably the shock result of this season's Champions League by eliminating Real Madrid in the last round and they also ended Liverpool's hopes in the group stage.

In goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, Lyon have one of the best in Europe and forward Lisandro Lopes is their key man up front.

Bordeaux will need their prized asset, forward Marouane Chamakh, to live up to his lofty reputation if Blanc is to secure a reunion with United and Sir Alex Ferguson in the semi-finals.

Prediction: Lyon to progress


Bayern Munich v Manchester United

Memories of 1999 and Manchester United's dramatic Champions League final victory against the Germans immediately spring to mind as two of Europe's superpowers collide.

Louis van Gaal's Bayern cannot compare to the team United overcame in Barcelona, however.

Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben will offer an attacking threat, but Bayern are shaky defensively and United will expect to progress to a semi-final against French opposition.

Bayern possess genuine fighting spirit, though, and they progressed to the knock-out stages with a memorable final group game win against Juventus in Turin. Fiorentina were eliminated in similar circumstances in the last round, but United can emerge from the Allianz Arena with a first-leg lead.

The two clubs met in pre-season, with Bayern beating United on penalties in the Audi Cup in Munich.

But with the Premier League champions having the advantage of hosting the second-leg at Old Trafford, Sir Alex Ferguson will view this as a dream draw.

Prediction: United to progress.


Arsenal v Barcelona

Arsene Wenger could not have imagined a worse outcome to the draw for the latter stages.

Even if Arsenal overcome the reigning champions and tournament favourites Barcelona, they then face the prospect of tackling Jose Mourinho's Inter for a place in the final.

But it is not all doom and gloom down at the Emirates, despite the disadvantage of facing Barca at home in the first-leg. If any team has the attacking game to beat Pep Guardiola's men, then it is surely Arsenal.

They might not have an answer to the brilliant Lionel Messi, but Arsenal's game is based on the same slick passing blueprint adopted by the European champions.

Arsenal possess more speed on the break and their dismantling of Porto in the last round will ensure that Barcelona will fear Wenger's team.

Thierry Henry will relish the chance to face his old club, but if Arsenal can defend properly and Cesc Fabregas hits top form, Wenger's team can go through.

Prediction: Arsenal to qualify.


Inter Milan v CSKA Moscow

Jose Mourinho will now have the scent of the Champions League final in his nostrils after being paired with the Russians.

Having inspired Inter to a commanding victory against Chelsea, the 'Special One' will expect to progress to the semi-finals and a renewal of hostilities with Wenger or Barcelona. But Mourinho should be wary of under-estimating CSKA following their impressive elimination of Sevilla in the last round.

Leonid Slutsky's team have the distinct advantage of playing their home games on the artificial surface at the Luzhniki Stadium and Inter will face a draining flight to the Russian capital.

And CSKA also gave Manchester United a fright during the group stage by taking a 3-1 lead at Old Trafford before being pegged back for a 3-3 draw. Former Liverpool winger Mark Gonzalez helped the 2005 Uefa Cup winners to victory against Sevilla and he will be a threat, but Inter should have enough to emerge from a tough tie.

Prediction: Inter to qualify.

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Source: Telegraph