The full draw:
|2009/10 UEFA Champions League draw|
|Quarter-finals: 30/31 March & 6/7 April|
|1: Olympique Lyonnais (FRA) v FC Girondins de Bordeaux (FRA)|
|2: FC Bayern München (GER) v Manchester United FC (ENG)|
|3: Arsenal FC (ENG) v FC Barcelona (ESP, holders)|
|4: FC Internazionale Milano (ITA) v PFC CSKA Moskva (RUS)|
|Semi-finals: 20/21 & 27/28 April|
|1: Winner quarter-final 2 v Winner quarter-final 1|
|2: Winner quarter-final 4 v Winner quarter-final 3|
|Final: Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid; 20.45CET, Saturday 22 May|
|Winner semi-final 1 v Winner semi-final 2|
The irony for clubs like Barca, Arsenal and Manchester United is that two of the "weaker" clubs are facing one another - Lyon v Bordeaux. I am sure Barca would have rather faced a French club over the North London french club. A quick look at the draw -
Lyon v Bordeaux. Bitter sweet draw for Ligue 1. Lyon has shown a different style in the Champions League as opposed to during domestic play. I think this is a complete toss up, but I am going to side with Laurent Blanc's side. Bordeaux go through.
Manchester United v Bayern Munich: The Red Devils fall upon a club that is starting to pick up their game - with Ribery and Robben back healthy they have the width, creativity and pace that could give Manchester United problems. With the Bavarian giants be able to contain Rooney? That will be the key. The former Everton player is playing at a higher level these days and could simply carry the Devils to the next level. I think that Bayern will exploit the weakness on defense withe the Ribery-Robben duo. Bayern Munich with the upset and head through.
Arsenal v Barcelona: Ouch for the Gunners...a few years back they made a great run to the Champions League finals in Paris only to fall to Barcelona. Granted there is no Lehmann present to pick up a red card and throw the North London club into a difficult situation. Underlying all of this will be Cesc versus his former club. With the rumors that continue to swirl around his going back to Spain whether for Barca or Real this summer, Cesc will be very motivated to carry his current club to the semi-finals. Finally the other story line to follow is that Barca plays the way Arsenal strives to play - quality ball control through a quality midfield and look to hit on surgical passes behind the defense. Unfortunately the Gunners look to Bendtner to finish...Barca have Ibrahimovic to finish or Messi or Henry. I cannot see Arsenal finding a way to score enough goals over 2 matches against the defending Champions League champions. Barcelona go through.
Inter vs CSKA: Ah after a battle with his old club, the Special One draws one of the weaker clubs for his next round. Not to say that the Moscow club is a push over, heading to the Mother Land will be no easy task for Inter. However I think that Inter has too much talent and fire power. Unlike Sevilla, they will understand how to manage a return leg if they have a lead. Inter gets through.
So we will have:
Bayern v Bordeaux
Barcelona v Inter
I see a Bayern v Barcelona final with the Catalan giants winning back to back Champions League titles.