Arséne Wenger has absolutely nothing to lose. After the 4-0 hammering his Arsenal side received at the San Siro at the hands of AC Milan on February 15th last, the French boss may aswell go for it. What has he got to lose? Can the Gunners do what seems like the impossible? He must, of course, be wary of the Italian giants. Zlatan Ibrahimovic is in fine form, having scored a hat-trick at the weekend and not to mention the difficult time Robinho can give the North London side. To quote Del Boy Trotter: he who dares, Arséne, he who dares.
Also on Tuesday sees Zenit St Petersburg travel to Portugal to take on Benfica. The excellent five-goal-thriller in Russia last month gives Zenit the edge, but Benfica’s domestic form and their two away goals may count for something for Jorge Jesus’ side if they go all guns blazing at Luciano Spaelletti’s men. Watching from the sidelines will be the cup-tied Andrei Arshavin, who recently returned to Zenit from Arsenal.
Tomorrow, Barcelona host Bayer Leverkusen at the Camp Nou. The German outfit’s hopes of reaching the next stage of the competition appear slim at best, given that they go into this leg trailing 3-1 from the previous encounter at the BayArena on Valentine’s Day last. But Bayer’s form is quite good – consecutive wins against Augsburg, Koln and then upsetting the mighty Bayern Munich could give Robin Dutt’s men the confidence for a massive upset in Catalonia. Pep Guardiola, of all people, will be well aware of this.
Also on Wednesday, APOEL host Lyon. The French side have only a slender 1-0 lead against the Cypriots and Ivan Jovanovic’s men will be seeking to make a historic win at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia (a place most of us Irish fans would prefer to forget after THAT game).
All in all there is some interesting ties with some more even more interesting ones next week. What’s your predictons? Let me know or hit me up on Twitter.