wm72 New York/Roma Member since Mar 2010 4302 posts
re: UCL Quarterfinal Draw (Posted on 3/15/13 at 12:08 pm to Tweezy)
After getting such a tough group, Dortmund does have quite a good draw here. I wouldn't say that Shaktar was necessarily as easy as some feel but it was a good match up for Dortmund since Shaktar's Brazilians love a fancy attack but they play very shoddy defense when pinned back (which I doubt ever happens to them in Ukraine).
Pellegrini's done a great job by switching his usual tactics and getting Malaga results through clean sheets and frustration. But they have nowhere near the top end talent that the best 6 teams still left do.
I'm hoping to see Malaga advance since they're certainly the biggest cinderella story remaining but I also didn't really count on them getting past a weaker Porto squad than usual and may not have without Porto's red card. They started the remains of Julio Baptista and Roque Santa Cruz up front against Porto for goodness sake.
Juve v Bayern seems more like a finals than ManU v Real (even if Fox won't hype it as much). I'd still guess Bayern manages to get through but it's the last team they probably wanted to face with Juve's defense combined with Bayern's tendency to get so frustrated when things don't go smoothly.
Barca v PSG would be a little more interesting if Ibra wasn't suspended for the first leg. They haven't looked that good without him up top.
Can't say much about Real drawing Galatasaray since they had ManU last round but I was hoping to see the turks play in Germany again.