The Champions League quarter-final draw which took place on Friday morning has thrown up some tantalising battles as the top European clubs battle it out for a place in the semi-final.
For the English clubs involved, Manchester United and Chelsea, there will be mixed emotions. United, fresh from their comeback victory over Olympiakos in the last round, have been handed the worst possible draw as they face defending Champions Bayern Munich over two legs. Meanwhile Chelsea will be more optimistic having been drawn against French Champions Paris St Germain.
United, having endured a terrible season so far, must have felt their hearts sink as they were drawn against the might of Pep Guardiola's side who will be firm favourites to proceed through to the next round. United will have to be at their brilliant best to beat the Germans over two legs, unfortunately they have not reached these heights very often this season.
Fourth place in the Premier League is looking highly unlikely and therefore their path to the Champions League will only be guaranteed if they are victorious in the competition this season. Bayern's manager, Pep Guardiola, has taken Bayern to the next level in their aspirations to dominate Europe. They play with so much pace and control that Manchester United will find it difficult to match them and with such an energetic pressing game, when they don't have the ball, United will have to be very confident and skillful at retaining possession.
Manchester United will need to take away a positive result from the first leg at Old trafford and give themselves something to hold to when they face Bayern in their own back yard. Perhaps David Moyes will take encouragement from Arsenal's performance in Germany in the last round.
Interestingly United could come up against Tony Kroos who may well be moving to Old Trafford in the summer.
Chelsea are also coming up against a possible summer transfer target at PSG as they continue their hunt for a Premier League and Champions League double. Edison Cavani has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge and Chelsea's David Luiz and Eden Hazard have also been rumored to be heading in the other direction.
Whilst Chelsea would have preferred to play PSG at this stage in the Champions League in the past they would possibly not want to have played them this year as they appear a lot stronger now. However, this year, there are no weak sides left in the tournament as you would expect.
Are Chelsea and Manchester United the weakest sides left in the competition?
Chelsea will be happy that they have been drawn at home in the second leg and their experience in the competition will hopefully go a long way in determining the outcome of the tie. The last time the teams played each other was in 2004 when there was a big gulf between the sides but PSG now boast the likes of former Newcastle player Yohan Cabaye and Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, as well as Cavani, so it will be no easy ride for Jose Mourinho's men.
Could the English Premier league have no representatives left in Europe's premier competition at the semi-final stage. It is certainly a strong possibility.
The other ties see Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund and Barcelona battle it out against fellow Spaniards Atletico Madrid.
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