It’s been a crazy 7 days, and we end this busy period with a game against Hull at the Emirates…
Since our last home game, we’ve gone to Olympiakos with a very young side and were unfortunate not to get something from the game. We then went to Liverpool, played a terrible first half and an then a brilliant second half and came back with all three, only to drop 2 at the might Burnley… and after all this, we were drawn with Porto in the Champions League.
So, let’s take a look at the Champions League draw and personally I think Porto was an awesome draw for us. On the preview, I listed the teams I wanted to draw and Porto were number 2 on the list after Stuutgart. It was a very nervy draw as it was down to United and us on one side and AC Milan and Porto on the other side. So the end result saw us get the Portuguese team and United get AC. For us, Porto represent a team who we know quite well, and I think we’re better than them and don’t think they lack too many big name players… the full draw was:
Stuttgart v Barcelona
Olympiakos v Bordeaux
Inter Milan v Chelsea
Bayern Munich v Fiorentina
CSKA Moscow v Sevilla
Lyon v Real Madrid
Porto v Arsenal
AC Milan v Manchester United
And Arsene was a little less optimistic than me…
“It is a 50/50 game. Porto are always in there and always difficult to play against. The little advantage is that we have the second game at home but it’s important that we negotiate well our first game and try to score away from home. It’s a difficult draw. Last season we had a very good game at home and away we lost 2-0. But it’s the Champions League, it’s a cup game now, it’s form of the day and I believe it’s feasible. Difficult but feasible.”
More difficult than Inter Milan, AC Milan, Bayern Munich or Fiorentina, I doubt it! More difficult than a trip to Moscow… I’m sure Arsene is just be diplomatic about it – it was an awesome result! There are two major clashes, and they involve the Milan teams as Jose Mourinho returns to Stamford Bridge and David Beckham returns to Old Trafford as Chelsea take on Inter and Man U take on AC Milan. Some mouth watering ties there.
On to today’s game and we’re without Cesc as he’s still injured after the Burnley game – he’s got a hamstring injury and he’ll probably be back on Dec 30th to face Portsmouth. In his absence, I’d like to see Ramsey