Liverpool to face Chelsea in Champions League quarterfinals

20 Mar

uefa_champions_leagueLiverpool will play Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal with the first leg at Anfield on April 8 and the second at Stamford Bridge on April 14.  It is the fifth straight year that the two clubs have met in Champions League play.  Chelsea defeated Liverpool in last year’s semifinals, but the Reds have done the double on Chelsea in the Premier League this season.

The rest of the draw
Manchester United vs. Porto
Villarreal vs. Arsenal
Barcelona vs. Bayern Munich

The winner of Manchester United/Porto will play the winner of Villarreal/Arsenal in the semis.  Liverpool or Chelsea will face the winner of Barcelona/Bayern Munich.  I’m going to say that Liverpool’s half of the draw is slightly more challenging – not only do the Reds have to try to knock off a fellow EPL team in the quarters, but Bayern has been playing extremely well (they beat Sporting 12-1 on aggregate in the last round!) and Barcelona, well, Barcelona has Lionel Messi, who has been absolutely phenomenal this year.  Needless to say though, just like the NCAA tournament that is going on right now, anything can happen.

In some good news for Livepool, skipper Steven Gerrard had assault charges dropped and will now face only the lesser charges of affray in court on April 3.

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