'Bayern could be dark horses'

2009-03-19 17:26

London - Barcelona and Liverpool have been billed as the teams that holders Manchester United will want to avoid in Friday's draw for the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

But according to Cristiano Ronaldo, Bayern Munich could be every bit as dangerous opponents after running up a 12-1 aggregate win over Sporting Lisbon in the last round.

"Bayern are very strong," the United winger warned. "I watched them play against my old team, Sporting Lisbon, and I was very sad because I didn't expect Sporting to lose so heavily.

"But this can happen in football. Bayern are very good - they have mature players, strong players, quick players... Franck Ribery and Miroslav Klose are very impressive.

"Bayern play like a team and they look very difficult to beat."

Friday's draw will feature four English clubs - Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and United - Bayern, FC Porto and Spain's two survivors, Barcelona and Villarreal.


  • the kop (original) - 2009-03-20 08:27

    Villarreal. watch this team....... underated by many. but they could make some big upsets.......

  • Shaheen - 2009-03-20 14:44

    Villareal somewhat reminds of Valencia, when they breached into the Champions League under Rafa Benitez of course. Although not much attacking flair as Valencia had, but just as difficult to break down in defense. For some reason the Spanish League always seem to bring the "underdog" teams to the Champions League, Mallorca, Real Sociedad, Celta Vigo, Sevilla and to a certain degree Valencia and Deportivo and now Villareal seem to be regulars in the competition, whereas the Premiership has a consistent 4 teams each season. Just a thought...

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