Let's try and predict who'll face who in the next round of the Champions League. The draw takes place on the 20th of December 2012 in Nyon, Switzerland. All the runners-up of the group stages will play the first leg at home. The rule is the runners-up cannot be paired with teams from the same association or the team that finished above them in the group.
|D||Borussia Dortmund||Real Madrid|
Obviously this is based on nothing besides my personal preferences of what I would like to see happen, or what I think will happen. So here go my predictions with a little sentence explained why I'd like to see some of these games happen:
PSG vs AC Milan: Just to watch Zlatan arrogantly hurt Milan and see if he would "not celebrate".
Shalke 04 vs Valencia: for no reason at all.
Malaga vs Shakhtar Donesk: so that one of these underdogs can make it to the quarter-finals.
Borussia Dortmund vs Celtic: I bizarrely want Dortmund to do well and go as far as they can. They have a good squad and play some fantastic football.
Juventus vs Arsenal: To see Wenger whine (again) about an unfair draw happening, but not realizing that it's because of his decision-making.
Bayern Munich vs Porto: The sort of fixture that comes up and we all say "it's a normal champions league tie".
Barcelona vs Galatasaray: So that most people start talking about UEFA being "fair" to Barcelona and a lot of other nonsensical comments.
Manchester United vs Real Madrid: the return of Cristiano Ronaldo to Old Trafford. That should be enough.
What do you all think?
By the way, has has nobody mentioned or said anything about:
- 3 German clubs finishing top of their group.
- The Champions of Europe knocked out at the group stage
- All 4 Spanish clubs qualifying
- And only 2 English clubs going through