The draw for the quarter finals of the Champions League takes place on March the 18th and all the talk is of Barcelona after the way they dispensed with Arsenal on Tuesday.
Both Harry Redknapp and William Gallas have come out and said that they want to avoid the Spanish giants, but what of the other teams left in the hat?
Alongside Spurs and Barca, Schalke 04 and Shakhtar Donetsk are already through, while the second wave of matches next week will decide who joins them.
Schalke have been described as a ‘crisis club’ in Germany both on and off the pitch. Their financial troubles were supposedly going to lead to a mass exit of players including Klaas Jan Huntelaar, who has been linked with Spurs on countless occasions. While they sit in mid-table, Schalke aren’t safe from relegation – maybe the Champions League has been a welcome distraction.
Over in the Ukraine, Shakhtar are runaway leaders and racing certanties to win yet another title. Few people in European football would have been surprised with they way they despatched Roma and they are bound to be a dangerous outfit.
Next week sees four more games to be decided and the balance from the first legs seems to be in favour of Chelsea, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich respectively.
Barcelona aside, it will be tough whoever we get. As the old cliche goes, there’s no easy games these days, but then we said that when we drew AC Milan…