Friday, December 19, 2008


Liverpool will face Real Madrid in the last 16 of the Champions League following today's draw in Nyon, Switzerland.
The first leg will be played in Spain on February 24 or 25, with the return at Anfield on March 10 or 11.

Real Madrid might have lost five times and be in sixth place in the Primera Liga but they are currently in pursuit of a 10th European title and will be bolstered by the appointment of new coach, Juande Ramos. So, expect them to be a whole different proposition come February.

Galacticos are thing of the past these days, but los Blancos are still strong in almost every area. Local hero Raul is still a threat at 31-years-old and has found the net 12 times already this season, while Aregntine starlet Gonzalo Higuain could be a danger if he can maintain his recent breathtaking form.

You have to go back to the 1981 European Cup final for the last - and only - time we played Real in a competitive match. Things have changed a lot since then, but you can be sure this tie will be just as tight as that 1-0 victory.

The tie will see Rafa Benitez return to his former club and hometown.

The full draw is:

Chelsea v Juventus
Villarreal v Panathinaikos
Sporting Lisbon v Bayern Munich
Atletico Madrid v Porto
Lyon v Barcelona
Real Madrid v Liverpool
Arsenal v Roma
Inter Milan v Man Utd



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