Paris in the springtime


A quick glance at the eight Champions League groups indicate that three were won by German clubs, indicating the strength of the Bundesliga at the moment, but although Shalke topped their group ahead of Arsenal, they are toiling in seventh place domestically and sacked manager, Hubb Stevens, this week.  Bayern Munich are nine points clear at the top with Borussia Dortmund third.

Shalke would be an excellent draw.

Paris Saint-Germain were flooded with cash this year and despite a slow start are no top of Ligue 1.  We met their manager, Carlo Ancelotti at the same stage of the tournament six years ago when Gordon Strachan took Milan to extra time.  We came close to progressing and perhaps would have had the referee awarded Celtic a late penalty for handball.  Milan got the breaks against Celtic and went on to win the tournament.

Ancelotti knows he would face a stiff test if drawn against Celtic.

Juventus are Italian champions and sei seven points clear at the top of Serie A.  They eliminated the tournament holders in the last round and are a formidable opponent.

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Malaga are fourth in La Liga behind Barca, Atletico and Real Madrid.  They are clearly not in the class of Barcelona but any team within five points of Real in that league are clearly formidable.  Malaga breezed their Champions League group but a draw against un-fancied Celtic might present them with a few interesting challenges.

Manchester United are top of the English league and hot favourites to retain the title.  Games against English opposition tend to be hyped by the UK media but for fans lack the sophistication of a ‘foreign’ opponent.  They would present a difficult challenge without the sense of adventure others would provide.

Shalke or Malaga would be ideal but Paris in the springtime would be nice.

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  1. estorilbhoy



    Milan were runners up and had to be drawn against one of the Group Winners Pot. At that stage, there were 4 teams left in the pot:- Barca, Man U, PSG and Malaga.



    I understand why Malaga are ruled out but why were the other two not available to AC?

  2. Its not bad at all. The only worry I would have is for the safety of the fans over there. United & Arsenal on their way out, Sky will only have Celtic to talk about.

  3. Celtic v Malaga in the Final



    Only Two teams who came through the Qualifier.




  4. I am Neil Lennon e El Juarez Bravo on

    The other 2 were ruled out because Barcelona and Malage both needed non-Spanish opposition. I think.

  5. Anyone know whether it’s a safe trip or not?


    I’ve heard bad things about footy trips to Italy, regardless of whether you’re looking for it or not.

  6. That really would be something if Celtic could get to the quarters and those over-rated EPL debt merchants both got put out.



    Bayern will batter Arsenal in my opinion and they could be in the final itself. They are very strong.



    Real Madrid will fancy their chances big time as well.



    Juventus are clearly a good side and have some excellent players but no way will we be afraid of them. Keep a clean sheet at home and we have a chance and we owe them big time for that disgraceful dive.

  7. v. Juve is good …



    SoT, Tallybhoy or others with good Italian connections: any news on how the Italians are reacting to this would be appreciated …

  8. Nuclear Bovril and a Half Munched Pie on

    Revenge is a dish of antipasti best served cold.



    When is the draw for the last 8? :)

  9. miki67


    11:00 on 20 December, 2012



    they don’t confirm dates till later but since we were 2nd game drawn there’s a fair chance we’ll be away 5/6 March

  10. tomtheleedstim



    I went to juve in 2001 – wouldn’t rush to go back, turin is a great city to visit, unless you are a football supporter. police treated us like english soccer hooligans and closed all the bars the day before and the day of the game. mind you the torino supporting pizzeria owner we found made sure we didnt do without a wee bevvy. juve fans are also scummy.

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