The last few season has seen English teams consistently advance to the knockout stages of the Champions League. This year is has been no different. We all would love to see two English teams line up in the final but one things is for sure, after Spurs crashing to a
4-0 defeat last night, and Chelsea facing up against Manchester United. I think its fair to say that only one English club will be in the semi final. I know, I know: never say never blah blah blah. But I can not see Real losing 5-0 in the return leg. Can you?!
So that leaves us with Chelsea and Manchester United. The latter have been in fine form this, even though they have not played as well as they can. Chelsea on the other hand have had a stuttering season thus far. You can blame that on injuries to key players and lack of depth in their squad. Fortunately for Carlo Ancellotti, however, he has a full strength squad to select from for this mammoth game.
Chelsea's midfield three have enough, in my opinion, to over power the Manchester United midfield.
Both teams will go for the win, with the value of an away goal being priceless. Chelsea will be itching to go a step closer and win the cup this year and I can see they coming out on top in this one. The two key areas where I think the game will be won and lost are midfield and central defence.
Young Chris Smalling has been impressive for the most part but if Didier Drogba is playing, I expect the the Chelsea frontman to dominate this area with his pace, power and direct attitude. The midfield area will also be a vital tipping point in this game. Chelsea have legs in Ramires, firepower in Lampard and Mr Run-Through-Walls with Michael Essien. These three have enough, in my opinion, to over power the opposing Manchester United midfield. I know Manchester United have just came off the back of a great result and performance. But I think it's fair to say, West Ham threw that game away.
For all you who did not know, I am a Man United fan, but I am going to go with a Chelsea win. 2 -1. Frank Lampard and Nicolas Anelka with the goals and Rooney for the Red Devils.
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