The English in Europe

The first leg of the round of sixteen of the Champions League is now completed… and things are looking peachy for the English sides. Bar Man United’s nil nil draw with Marseille last night, all the other sides are taking victories into their second legs.

Spurs set the tone with a surprise one nil victory at the San Siro against Milan, setting up an intriguing second leg at White Hart Lane, with an away goal in hand over their Italian opponents. Arsenal quickly followed suit, coming from behind to stun tournament favourites Barcelona and complete a two one victory at the Emirates. Nicolas Anelka’s two goals gave Chelsea a two nil victory away at Copenhagen.

What are the chances of all four English sides making it to the quarter finals? Would this be a record of some kind? Can they draw each other at this stage or will they be in four separate ties?

Well even if it isn’t a record, it would still be an impressive feat. I can’t remember when this last happened. I’m a firm believer in the rule that you support any club representing your nation in Europe… even if it is United!

I look forward to the second legs and hope this post hasn’t cursed any chances that the sides have. Looking forward to an all English competition after the semi-finals, with an Arsenal- Spurs final.

If I had to predict the second leg results, they would be as follows:

Barcelona 2-1 Arsenal (3-3 aggregate) Arsenal to win on penalties

Spurs 1-1 Milan (2-1 aggregate)

Chelsea 3-1 Copenhagen (5-1 aggregate)

Man United 2-0 Marseille (2-0 aggregate)

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