It’s never easy, this Champions League thing. And now that we’re moving to the knockout phase, it only gets harder. Our potential rivals are Inter Milan, Lyon, Roma, Marseilles, AC Milan, Arsenal. No matter how you parse that group, it’s going to be a bumpy ride. It’s the champions of Italy, the current leaders in Italy, the current 8th place in Serie A and last year’s runner up, the current 4th and 5th place and last year’s 1 and 2 in Ligue 1, and the current leaders and last year’s 3rd place in the EPL. Those are the options.
The draw is December 17, right before we play Espanyol, and then the games themselves are February 15–16 & 22–23, so there’s plenty of time to gain or lose form (or both) and talk some serious freakin’ smack to our opponents. Because the one thing people need more of in life is unadulterated hatred of another club’s fans before we even meet on the field.
So who do I want to play? AC Milan, that’s who. Yeah, I want Ibra. Call me crazy if you wish, but I want to play them. Oh man do I. Sure, there might be easier opponents, but of that group, who is? On current form, probably Roma, Lyon, and Marseille. Perhaps Inter too. But Milan is who I want because I’m a vindictive and horrible human being.