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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Reds draw Chelsea yet again

Chelsea and Liverpool will go head-to-head in Europe for the fifth successive season following the draw for the latter stages of the Champions League.

The two Premier League rivals are no strangers to one another following a series of previous meetings in the knockout stages of the continental competition and will again lock horns in the quarter-finals following the draw in Nyon, Switzerland.

John Terry and Steven Gerrard Chelsea vs Liverpool feature

Last season, Chelsea finally got the better of Liverpool after a 4-3 aggregate victory in the semi-finals.

Extra-time goals by Frank Lampard and Didier Drogba booked their place in the Moscow final following a tense second leg at Stamford Bridge.

However, Chelsea have not had it all their own way as they were dumped out at the semi-final stage by the Reds on penalties the previous season, while Liverpool triumphed 1-0 on aggregate at the last-four stage during the 2004-05 campaign.

Elsewhere in the draw, European champions Manchester United will take on FC Porto in the last eight.

The two teams last met when Jose Mourinho was in charge of the Portuguese side and they triumphed 3-2 on aggregate at the last 16 stage in the 2003-04 campaign following a dramatic late goal at Old Trafford.

Arsenal have been paired against Villarreal in the quarter-finals with the winners facing either Manchester United or FC Porto in the semis.

The two teams met at the semi-final stage in the 2005-06 season with the Gunners drawing the away leg in Spain 0-0 before securing their passage to the Paris final with a 1-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium.

Meanwhile, the winner of the Liverpool versus Chelsea tie will face either Barcelona or Bayern Munich in the last four stage after the Spanish and German champions made up the draw for the quarter-finals.

Quarter-final draw (ties to be played on April 7 and 8 and April 14 and 15):

Villarreal v Arsenal
Manchester United v FC Porto
Liverpool v Chelsea
Barcelona v Bayern Munich

Semi-final draw (ties to be played on April 28-29 and May 6 and 7):

Manchester United or FC Porto v Villarreal or Arsenal
Barcelona or Bayern Munich v Liverpool or Chelsea.

So, what do you think? Who will win?
Comments Please

1 comment:

Vick said...

Chelsea will win.
Liverpool fuck.