And now, we understand. Atletico Madrid. I leave the sussing out of the entire bracket to others, and instead focus on the team we now have to defeat to complete the extraordinary task of 7 CL semi-final rounds in a row.
We know them, they know us. We knocked heads in a nasty, well-played SuperCopa to start the season. Of the teams that can cause the biggest potential danger they are one. Diego Costa, Arda Turan (Fear the Beard), Filipe Luis is back to fitness. It is going to be a marvelous quarterfinal, and one that won’t involve much travel, eh?
So far this season, we have drawn every time we faced them, winning the SuperCopa on away goals, then a pair of 0-0 scorelines. More of the same? Who knows.
So let’s do this.
By the by, there are many people who believe that the draw is rigged, that UEFA has a final that it would like to see and plans accordingly. Those same people bristle and argue when people such as Jose Mourinho carp about conspiracies aimed at helping Barça succeed in Champions League play.
You can’t have it both ways. If you believe in a rigged draw, you have to also believe in UEFAlona, even in the malleability of paranoid narrative that says “Ah, but now they don’t like us any longer, and like XX team better, so we aren’t getting the easy treatment from then any longer, blablablabla.”
The rest of the draw:
Bayern v United
RM v Dortmund
PSG v Chelsea
Of course, if UEFA have their way, it points to an RM/Bayern final, but I don’t think that will happen. Unfortunately, Dortmund, who knocked out RM last season before Bayern came calling to pluck primo players, has been ravaged by injuries, so I don’t see them causing much drama for our eternal rivals.
Bayern should walk United.
The PSG/Chelsea tie will be intriguing. Zlatan vs Mou Mou, as one of the most dangerous players in the world takes on a Chelsea team that is, frankly, punching above its weight. I look for PSG to advance in a nasty tie.
As far as logistics, the first leg will be played on April 1 or 2 in our house, the second leg a week later at theirs.