[Update: 30 minutes until the draw]
So, guys, the day is here. After stuttering past Roma, we now await our fate in the Champions League. The draw will take place at 11am today and we’re into the “no team is seeded” time…
The 8 teams still involved are:
- Man United
Any of those teams are going to be hard. Who would you rather get? Maybe Porto or Villareal? Avoid an English team? It’s so hard… All will be revealed shortly…
Does anyone have a feeling that we’re going to get Barcelona? First Guardiola starting talking about it and then Henry starts saying this:
“Of course it would be special to draw Arsenal. Everyone knows that. It will be a really weird feeling if we get them because of the love I have for the club and the fans. I haven’t had the chance to go back to The Emirates to watch a game since I joined Barcelona.
“We play on Sunday quite often in Spain and with training the day before and Champions League matches as well it has not been possible to get there. A lot of people are still there from my time at Arsenal – not just players but people behind the scenes who make it such a great club.”
“I don’t have the same special bond with The Emirates as I did Highbury. In my last season there I only played about 18 games because of injury.
“I’m a Highbury man as I played there for seven of the eight years I was at Arsenal. All the Arsenal fans would tell you Highbury was pretty special and pretty different. So my bond is not with the stadium but with the club and the fans.
“That’s why it would be so strange and difficult to play against Arsenal. I’m not saying I’d prefer to avoid them but if we get Arsenal in the draw it will be really weird.”
Cesc is confident and he’s said:
“We know it will be tough in the next round but we also know we can beat any one of them. We are in the quarter-finals, among the eight best teams in Europe, and we are there on merit.
“We deserve to be there and it’s serious now. If you want to win this competition you have to beat the best players in the world and now is that time.”
Hopefully we’ll get Porto…]]>