Friday, August 29, 2008

2008/09 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

Still sitting comfortably in Old Trafford

Manchester United are drawn in Group E together with Yellow Submarine (Villareal), Celtic and Aalborg. Me think we could not have asked for a better draw. The tricky games here would be against Villareal at Madrigal and it would be reunion for Guiseppe Rossi. Good team this Villareal as one cannot discount players like Robert Pires, Nihat, Capdevilla and Senna. Phew... but then again, we also must not discount the Bravehearts, they can be a handful. A pale shadow of the powerhouse it used to be when it became the first British team to lift the European Cup back then as it was known. Nevertheless has got some great names, Arthur Boruc, Nakamura, Samaras, Venegoor of Hesselink, I would think the difficult match with them would be at Parkhead. Aalborg, the Danish side whom many believe to be there just to make up the numbers may just spring a surprise or two... :)

Now, my concern has always been the luck that Chelsea seem to have. Group A together with Bordeaux, Roma and Cluj. I guess that group seems pretty clear its Chelsea and Roma unless Bordeaux can spring a surprise or two.

Between Liverpool and Arsenal, I would take Liverpool as having the toughest group of all. Group D sees Liverpool, Athletico Madrid, Marseille and PSV. This group is probably too close to call but I think, PSV and Liverpool hold a slight edge.

Arsenal meanwhile in Group G with Kiev, Porto and Fenerbahce. Kiev of late has not been able to show the form that makes them so formidable in the past while one must not discount the team from Turkey and Porto has the knack of making life difficult for many teams. Porto and Arsenal hold a very slim edge.

Group of Death? My vote goes to Group F. Bayern Munich, Lyon, Steaua Bucharest and Fiorentina. How bout yours?

4 comments:

fergie said...

Hehe .. finally we are getting something interesting .. not connected to politics! I was wondering who are Aalborg .. some Scandinavian country like Denmark is it? I so not uptodate these days .. it's all politics, politics, politics hahahaha. You think that trophy is staying at OT this season? You are correct .. Chels are always lucky .. darn fellas!!!! I was surprised Sylvestre went to Ars .. weird .. thot he was going to City

Malaysian Joe said...

Sylvestre... not a bad defender though he screws up at times. I think Arsenal is Paris of England.. any Frenchie would find it as good as home there. I really thought Samir Nasri was a great buy for Ars.

Whether ol' big ears stay at OT or not, I don't know. As it is, things are not really rosy at OT.

fergie said...

Tonite we play Super Cup! An ungodly hour again! Have a great weekend, Kevin.

Malaysian Joe said...

We got BURRIED! Geez....