Champions League Quarter Finals Review

Guus Hiddink and Rafael Benítez

The Champions League has proven once again why it is such a highly regarded competition throughout Europe. With the highlight of the mid-week fixtures coming at the atmospheric Stamford Bridge, where we arguably witnessed one of the finest Champions League ties ever, with the game finishing 4-4, meaning Chelsea would progress 7-5 on aggregate. In the other fixture played on Tuesday Evening, favorites Barcelona took on a highly determined Bayern Munich side, looking for revenge after their 4-0 thumping at the hands of Guardiola’s team.

On the Wednesday fixtures, reigning European champions, Manchester United, went to Portugal with a difficult challenge in stall, to defeat the Portuguese team, on home soil. With the home supporters making life ever more difficult for Ferguson’s players, they still managed to get a 1-0 win and progressed into the Semi-finals of the Champions League courtesy of Ronaldo’s stunning goal. Elsewhere, Arsenal’s young guns smashed three past Villarreal, with the highly rated young English talent Theo Walcott scoring first the gunners continued their rampant unbeaten domestic form in the European Cup.

All four managers in Guus Hiddink, Josep Guardiola, Arsene Wenger and Alex Ferguson will have their work cut out for their semi final ties which are to be played later on this month and concluded at the start of May. Chelsea will look to overcome Barcelona in attempt to reach the final for the second consecutive time, while the United Vs Arsenal affair looks set to be a tasty one.

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