Champions League Draw: Arsenal to face Barcelona in the round of 16

December 17, 2010

Champions League: Round of 16 Draw

The draws for the round of 16 in the Champions League were conducted today. The 16 teams were placed in two pots.

Pot A: Barcelona, Bayern Munich, Chelsea, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Schalke, Shakhtar Donetsk, Tottenham

Pot B: AC Milan, Arsenal, FC Copenhagen, Inter Milan, Lyon, Marseille, Roma, Valencia

The results of the draw are as follows:

  • Arsenal vs Barcelona
  • Olympique Marseille vs Manchester United
  • FC Copenhagen vs Chelsea
  • AC Milan vs Tottenham Hotspur
  • AS Roma vs FC Shakhtar Donetsk
  • Valencia vs FC Schalke 04
  • Internazionale Milano vs Bayern Munich
  • Olympique Lyonnais vs Real Madrid

So it’s Barcelona again for us. The first leg will be at our home and the second leg away.

Last time we were knocked out by them in the quarter finals. This season they are also in top form but as Wenger has said that things change pretty quickly in football. Two months is a lot of time and let’s hope we have our best team available and we can overcome them. But first we have to focus on the Premier League.

Update: The dates for the two-legged match are as follows:

First leg
Arsenal v Barcelona
Wednesday 16th February 2011
Kick Off: 19.45 (UK Time)
Venue: The Emirates Stadium
 
Second leg
Barcelona v Arsenal
Tuesday 8th March 2011
Kick Off: 19:45 (UK Time)
Venue: Nou Camp

Thoughts!


Wenger on the Round of 16 draw in the Champions League

December 16, 2010

The Champions League knockout stage (Round of 16) draw is set to be held tomorrow. The draw will start at around twelve hundred hours (CET) in Nyon, Switzerland. Sixteen teams from eight groups have qualified for the knockout stages. The winners and runners up will be in separate pots from each of the eight groups.

The draw will put each winner of a group against a runner up with the condition that both the teams are not from the same association and from the same group from last round. The runners up will play the first leg of the round of 16 tie at home on 15/16 and 22/23 February and the winners will play the second leg at home on 8/9 and 15/16 March.

For us the possibilities are Barcelona, Real Madrid, last year’s runner up, Bayern Munich and Schalke. Barcelona and Real Madrid are currently in top form and will provide the biggest challenge for us if we are drawn against them. With Bayern Munich currently not doing well in the Bundesliga and Schakle also struggling, both of them may provide lighter oppositions.

But as far as Wenger is concerned, he isn’t thinking much into it as a lot can change in football in two months. When asked about the draw, Wenger said that he is going to take the result of the draw as they are as he doesn’t want to put undue pressure on his team by making preferences.

There are advantages and disadvantages on both sides. The German teams are going to enjoy the winter break and return fresher in spring.  And as Robben is going to get better for  Bayern, they can be a changed team. The Spanish gianst on the other hand are dominating but things can change quickly. It will be all down to the draw for who we face as we will find out tomorrow.

“There are advantages and disadvantages on both sides. The Germans have a good break in the winter and are fresh in spring.

“The Spanish teams are a bit more favourites at the moment but that can change in two months.

“The difficulty might be more or less but it is part of the draw. We will have to consider what we get and we will see that tomorrow.

“We take the draw as it is and I do not want to put my team in a position where they feel they have had bad luck or would have preferred somebody else.”