Saturday, March 21, 2009

Liverpool-Chelsea Clash Star in Quarterfinals

Chelsea and Liverpool star in the star of the knockout quarter-finals of the Champions League, according to the draw made yesterday.

Barcelona will play Bayern Munich, Villarreal and Arsenal will face the current champion, Manchester United, Porto is measured with the Portuguese.

On April 7 will play the first leg Manchester-Porto-Arsenal and Villarreal. And on the 8th, will stage the Anfield-Liverpool and Chelsea in the Nou Camp Barcelona-Bayern. Be reversed for the return order of games.

The measured semi-Manchester winner with Porto Villarreal-Arsenal, which is a reprint of the 2006 semifinal won by the English.

On the other hand, the winner of the Liverpool-Chelsea, already a classic in Europe, will play the winner of the Barcelona-Bayern duel.

The dates of the semifinals are April 29 and 28 for the trip and 5 and May 6 for the return.

Attention. The shock of this stage is stellar Liverpool-Chelsea. Reds and blues are for the fifth consecutive season.

Liverpool is in good shape after noquear andalusia Real Madrid in the round and beat Manchester United, 4-1. Despite losing in the semifinals with Chelsea last year, Rick Parry, Liverpool's executive director, is optimistic.

"This is how they have the equipment at the time of the season. We are arriving in a good way, "he said.

Liverpool beat Chelsea in the semifinals in 2005 and 2007, Chelsea won the last year and the 2006 group stage tie with goals in both games.

The Chelsea manager, David Barnard, noted that the two teams are very familiar. "We know the action of the pants of Rafael Benitez (Liverpool technician)," he said. Helping the Blues will play back home. "At all times we face in the semifinals last year, the team that won was played back at home," the chief recalled.

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