Champions League

April 16, 2009 |

I find it hard to believe that most Americans hate soccer.  The last two days of Champions League action has been incredible theatre. But I dont want to spend time reflecting on this historic round of Champions league games…lets look ahead to the next round.  I feel that Arsenal will be a real bogey for Manchester United. Arsenal has returned a number of key players from injury recently (Fabregas, Adebayor, Walcott, Eduardo to name a few) and added gunslinging Arshavin a few months ago. They are primed and ready and have little pressure because most Gunners fans thought this was a lost season. With no real pressure in the Premiership to fight for a guaranteed spot in Europe(they have a top 4 spot locked up), the Gunners can go full guns blazing in the FA Cup and Champions League. Meanwhile, Man U is trying to fight on three fronts and the long season is starting to show its wear and tear on this exciting side. However, the return of Rio Ferdinand should be a real boost and help refortify the stodgy Man U defense. If Man U beats Everton and Arsenal eliminates Chelsea this weekend in the FA Cup semis, you could have the Red Devils and the Gunners fighting it out for the FA Cup and Champions League. In the other Champions League semifinal matchup, you have a tilt for the ages. Chelsea and Barcelona are gigantic clubs that are both making their third straight appearance in the Champions League semifinals. After dispatching of the hottest team in Europe (Liverpool), Chelsea get rewarded by having to travel to the Nou Camp. Barca is absolutely stacked and I would have had them beating anyone else –but Chelsea may finish the job this year. After John Terry had an opportunity to score the winning penalty kick last year in the Finals vs. Man U…the Blues might fullfill the dream of Roman Abramovich and finally win a European crown. The resurgent play of Didier Drogba and Michael Ballack has to give Chelsea fans a boost, but dealing with Leo Messi and Co. wont be easy. What do WNST fans think will happen in these historic matchups?

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