Which of Them Will Qualify For The Last 4?

The draws of the quarter-finals have been made and soccer fans which are current know the fixtures. It is Chelsea up against Man U, Real Madrid against Tottenham, Barcelona against Shaktar and Inter taking on Schalke. These are the pairings of the teams that made it up to the last Eight.

Looking at the draws made, the two toughest of them analyzing on paper is the encounters between Chelsea and Man U and the one between Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur. At first glance, these 2 matches appear to be the star games of the quarter-final stage of these season of the UEFA Champion’s League. This is because of the reputation of these four teams in question. Games between Man U and Chelsea have always been known to be very tough encounters. One must not fail to mention that both sides are English clubs and encounters between clubs of the same country on the continental or global scene such as the UEFA Champions League have been known to be very difficult. This is either of the 2 clubs will want to prove to their domestic fans back at home that they are a world class soccer playing club. Again Chelsea and Man U have been known to be bitter rivals of each other both on the local and the international scene.

The other interesting one is between Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur. Why this is a tough one is because of the quality of managers and players both teams have. Jose Muorinho being the manager of Real Madrid is a very good and intelligent soccer tactician who knows how to read the game. The same can also be said of the manager of Tottenham, Harry Redknapp who has also proved his worth at this competition. To the credit of Harry Redknapp, he has led his team to the quarter-finals at the very first time they are participating in the UEFA Champion’s League. Also the team has some good players. We must not forget that Tottenham led their group to reach the second round before eliminating another soccer giant AC Millan before reaching this stage.

The other 2 fixtures look easier than the two matches previously discussed but Barcelona must not underrate Shaktar and Inter not despise Schalke. No team that has reached this stage of the competition should be considered a pushover. Schalke produced a very big upset when they defeated Valencia at home to reach this stage. For Inter they really struggled to reach this stage. Again Shaktar has proven to be a very hard nut to crack. Therefore Barcelona and Inter cannot afford to underrate their opponents because if they do an upset is imminent.

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