Just minutes ago the UEFA Champions League draw took place and we have been rather fortunate getting Ukrainians Shakhtar Donetsk. Sure, we cannot take any team left too lightly, but considering the big guns we dodged, there simply cannot be any complaints. Considering this tragedy with Abidal, the mystery around Puyol’s injury, and the likes of Villa misfiring, it’s great we can put off a huge European team until a bit later.
We will play the first leg at home on either April 5/6 and then travel to Ukraine for the return the very next week (12/13). If we do progress, we will meet the victor of the Real Madrid – Tottenham Hotspur tie in either Madrid or London on April 26/27. I think it’s quite advantageous to have the return leg in the Camp Nou May 3 or 4.
I don’t think we could have got a much better draw. Playing most likely Real Madrid in the semi’s is quite epic and maybe I would have preferred the likes of Inter there, but, that’s nitpicking. Exciting times ahead.
The entire draw:
QF 1 – Real Madrid vs Tottenham
QF 2 – Chelsea vs Manchester United
QF 3 – Barcelona vs Shakhtar Donetsk
QF 4 – Internazionale vs Schalke
SF 1 – Winner QF 4 vs Winner QF 2
SF 2 – Winner QF 1 vs Winner QF 3