With the round of 16 finished and the action heating up, the draw was made for the UEFA Champions League Quarterfinals…
Inter Milan v. Schalke 04
The reigning champs Inter Milan, take on German side Schalke, as they look to repeat. I gotta go with Inter in this one though as they proved why they are the champions of Europe in their come from behind defeat of Bayern Munich in the last round.
Player to watch: Dutch Midfielder, Wesley Sneider. Sneider leads the Inter attack. The little playmaker showed why he is considered one of the best during the World Cup in South Africa and will look to keep up his good form.
Barcelona v. Shakhtar Donetsk
Tournament favorites and Spanish powerhouse Barcelona take on sexy sleeper pick Shakhtar from the Ukraine. Shakhtar is led by former Arsenal striker, Eduardo, and boasts a lot of secret talent. Barcelona will prove to be too much and put an end to Shakhtar’s dream run, but look for some entertaining footy.
Player to watch: Spanish Midfielder, Xavi. The Spanish superstar is the heart and soul of Barca and is one of the best players in the world. Xavi’s work in the middle (and some help from the ref) brought down Arsenal in the round of 16. His touch, vision and passing drives the well-oiled machine that is the Barca offensive attack.
Real Madrid v. Tottenham
Real Madrid finally foiled Lyon of France and moved into the quarters. They take on newcomer, Tottenham Hotspur of England in what should prove to be a tough battle. Tottenham held off Milan on a 1-0 aggregate and will look to play tough defense and counterattack as they take on Los Galaticos. I am going with the upset and picking Tottenham to keep the luck going.
Player to watch: Welsh winger/fullback Gareth Bale. The young kid from Wales has put his name on the map and is getting back to full health. This guy will run at anyone and has the pace and energy to get back on defense. If his left-foot can pull off some magic, the Hotspurs are in for a trip to the semis.
Manchester United v. Chelsea
The two English Premier League giants square off in what will be the most entertaining matchup of the quarterfinals. Chelsea has turned it on as of late, but I think Man U will bring it harder and pull out the aggregate victory with some hard defense and timely scoring.
Player to watch: English forward, Wayne Rooney. Rooney has been MIA for a lot of this season (minus his magical winner v. Man City). I expect him to lace up his boots a little tighter and bring it to the blues as Man U looks to bring some trophy glory to Manchester.