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User currently offlineJamieD From UK - England, joined Apr 2002, 613 posts, RR: 9
Posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1405 times:

So the group stage is finally over, and here are the remaining 16 teams in the hat for the first knockout round draw (draw to be made on 15.12.06 at 12:00 CET):

AC Milan
Arsenal FC
AS Roma
Celtic FC
Chelsea FC
FC Bayern München
FC Barcelona
FC Internazionale Milano
FC Porto
Liverpool FC
LOSC Lille Métropole
Manchester United FC
Olympique Lyonnais
PSV Eindhoven
Real Madrid CF
Valencia CF

Who do you think/hope can go all the way? I personally think that Lyon could be the surprise package if they can steer clear of injuries/suspensions, and of course am hoping for Arsenal to repeat last year's success but go one better. Inter are looking stronger than ever (especially with new additions Ibrahimović and Crespo to the squad), as are Chelsea and indeed Real Madrid.

Of course, all predictions are merely speculation at this stage, but I'd like to hear your opinions all the same.  Smile

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User currently offlinePiercey From Sweden, joined Nov 2005, 2233 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1394 times:

Quoting JamieD (Thread starter):

Who do you think/hope can go all the way?



Quoting JamieD (Thread starter):

AC Milan

The only thing sweeter is that Inter is a no show  Smile



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User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1392 times:

Quoting JamieD (Thread starter):
FC Barcelona

I sincerely hope Barcelona will fail in the second round. They have played far too inconsistent, plus they have people on the payroll, who IMO should not be paid those outrageous amounts of money they're getting paid. Even during the Werder Bremen game today, all they played was one half, then the second half, they stopped playing somehow.

Quoting JamieD (Thread starter):
FC Bayern München

If they stop playing only draws like during the last games in the CL, then they might go all the way. It's up to coach Magath to motivate them properly.

Quoting JamieD (Thread starter):
Arsenal FC

Somehow I have my doubts on them. They played one hell of a season last year, but this year it hasn't been that great, especially in the Premier League. I see them going to the semifinals, but that's it.

Quoting JamieD (Thread starter):
Celtic FC

If they play like they did at home against Manchester, they could be the surprise of the year.

Quoting JamieD (Thread starter):
Chelsea FC

Definitely a candidate for the finals, but they need to play more attractive. Instead of playing to get a goal and holding that score, they should be a bit more offensive and aggressive. Chelsea football is simply boring.

Quoting JamieD (Thread starter):
Real Madrid CF

I doubt they'll go far, especially if van Nistelrooy continues to botch his penalty shots.

Quoting JamieD (Thread starter):
Olympique Lyonnais

Definitely another candiate for the finals. They got the best team in France and have shown what they can do throughout this CL season, that's all there is to it.


User currently offlineThom@s From Norway, joined Oct 2000, 11953 posts, RR: 46
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks ago) and read 1365 times:

What is great about this years final 16 is that there are only "Experienced/traditional" teams left, making sure that just about every fixture is an interesting one.

I was pleased to se United go through last night, (and a big thanks to FC Copenhagen for making sure the reds won their group.  Smile

However, for United's oppnent in the next round to be the runner up of their group, is not gonna help much when the candidates are Barcelona, Real Madrid, Porto, PSV Eindhoven, Inter, Roma and Lille.

*Crossing fingers for Lille in the draw next week...*

Thom@s



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User currently offlineQXatFAT From Israel, joined Feb 2006, 2404 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks ago) and read 1359 times:

Quoting JamieD (Thread starter):
FC Bayern München



Quoting JamieD (Thread starter):
Celtic FC



Quoting JamieD (Thread starter):
Real Madrid CF

 pray  Please at least one of these teams



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User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 20
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks ago) and read 1354 times:
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I can't wait for the last 16 draw, i can see some very tasty fixtures. As long as Arsenal don't meet Barcelona or Real Madrid this early, we should be content. But no easy games in the CL, all are quality teams.


In Arsene we trust!!
User currently offlineIFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks ago) and read 1353 times:

I'm thinking Barcelona and AC Milan could go all the way, Manchester United possibly if they keep up their current form and fortune.

I'm hoping that Liverpool do well, but unless Rafa does something magical, it ain't gonna happen.


User currently offlineGLAGAZ From UK - Scotland, joined Feb 2004, 1983 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 4 weeks ago) and read 1351 times:

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 2):
Quoting JamieD (Thread starter):
Celtic FC

If they play like they did at home against Manchester, they could be the surprise of the year.

What!? Man U completely dominated that game. And if Saha wasn't such an idiot in the last 5 minutes, Man U would have won. Although they should have scored many before that.

+ The fact that Celtic cannot do anything away from home. So they would need to finish the tie in the 1st leg at Parkhead.

I would put money on Arsenal or Liverpool as their chance at the premiership crown is lost.

Gaz



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User currently offlinePiercey From Sweden, joined Nov 2005, 2233 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1334 times:

Quoting Piercey (Reply 1):

The only thing sweeter is that Inter is a no show



Quoting JamieD (Thread starter):

FC Internazionale Milano

Wow I can be an idiot some times.....  banghead 



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User currently offlineJamieD From UK - England, joined Apr 2002, 613 posts, RR: 9
Reply 9, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1326 times:

Quoting Thom@s (Reply 3):
What is great about this years final 16 is that there are only "Experienced/traditional" teams left, making sure that just about every fixture is an interesting one.

 checkmark 

I've got a feeling it's going to be a good one this season. Big grin

Quoting Arsenal@LHR (Reply 5):
But no easy games in the CL, all are quality teams.

Agreed. Any team can beat any other on the day (or both days, as the case may be), whoever we get drawn against, it's going to be a tough two matches.

We showed that we had plenty of quality in the squad to go far last season, but we've lost Bergkamp, Pirès, Campbell, Reyes (he is a better player than Baptista, period) and Ashley Cole since then, which does worry me a little bit. Not that we haven't got a great squad now, but I feel that it isn't quite as strong as last season.

Quoting Piercey (Reply 8):
Wow I can be an idiot some times

I was going to point it out, but I thought I'd leave it.  Silly


User currently offlineDAL767400ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1314 times:

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 2):

Quoting JamieD (Thread starter):
FC Bayern München

If they stop playing only draws like during the last games in the CL, then they might go all the way. It's up to coach Magath to motivate them properly.

They have to go all the way, if only just for the UEFA's 5-year ranking. We don't need to lose another CL spot. Besides, if Deisler can play longer than 45 minutes, Poldi comes back, and the Dutchies Makaay/van Bommel continue to play well, they do have a realistic chance. Just hope they don't get Barca, though I would bet money that that will be the exact team Bayern will get.


User currently offlineAirKas1 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2003, 3982 posts, RR: 55
Reply 11, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1294 times:

Of course PSV will win the CLBig grin

User currently offlineJamieD From UK - England, joined Apr 2002, 613 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1293 times:

Quoting AirKas1 (Reply 11):
Of course PSV will win the CL!

Alrighty.  duck 


User currently offlineAirKas1 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2003, 3982 posts, RR: 55
Reply 13, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1293 times:

Quoting JamieD (Reply 12):
Alrighty.

Well, it sure won't be Arsenal  Wink


User currently offlineJamieD From UK - England, joined Apr 2002, 613 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1287 times:

Quoting AirKas1 (Reply 13):
Well, it sure won't be Arsenal

 Wow!

How dare you!


User currently offlineN1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 26444 posts, RR: 75
Reply 15, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1289 times:

No HSV, no Newcastle, no N1120A paying attention to the Champions League.


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User currently offlineArsenal@LHR From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 7792 posts, RR: 20
Reply 16, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1288 times:
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Quoting JamieD (Reply 9):
We showed that we had plenty of quality in the squad to go far last season, but we've lost Bergkamp, Pirès, Campbell, Reyes (he is a better player than Baptista, period) and Ashley Cole since then, which does worry me a little bit. Not that we haven't got a great squad now, but I feel that it isn't quite as strong as last season

That's what a lot of Arsenal fans are thinking now, we've lost some half a dozen world class players in the last year or so with the only notable replacements being Gallas and Baptista. With Bergkamp, Campbell, Pires, Cole, Vieira and Edu, we had a killer team, arguably the best Arsenal squad assembled in history. The current squad is hugely talented with great potential, but the departure of these players has not gone unnoticed.



In Arsene we trust!!
User currently offlineJamieD From UK - England, joined Apr 2002, 613 posts, RR: 9
Reply 17, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1282 times:

Quoting Arsenal@LHR (Reply 16):
Vieira

I think Vieira is arguably the most sorely-missed player of all the departures. His commanding presence in the middle (and quite often in front of goal) is irreplaceable; not to mention the mental blow of losing the captain. Fabregas is one of, if not the best young player in the world, but his physical presence pales in comparison to Vieira's.

Alas, with such a young squad we do have a lot of potential (as you mentioned), and I think a few weeks of rest will do Henry a world of good, hopefully we'll see him back to his best. Roll on the first knockout round! Big grin


User currently offlineArtsyman From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 4745 posts, RR: 34
Reply 18, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1273 times:

+ The fact that Celtic cannot do anything away from home. So they would need to finish the tie in the 1st leg at Parkhead.
****

Sort of like how Rangers play away to Falkirk


User currently offlineMadairdrie From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2006, 119 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 1267 times:

Quoting Artsyman (Reply 18):
Sort of like how Rangers play away to Falkirk

LOL Well said, welcome to my respected user list
Kenneth


User currently offlinePiercey From Sweden, joined Nov 2005, 2233 posts, RR: 1
Reply 20, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 1261 times:

Quoting JamieD (Reply 9):
I was going to point it out, but I thought I'd leave it. Silly

Honestly, though, when was the last time you heard/saw the full name other then from UEFA sources?



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