Monday, March 14, 2011

Champions' League Preview: Tuesday, March 15th

Manchester United v. Olympique Marseille (Agg. 0-0): After seeing his side hold Manchester to and goal-less draw at home, Didier Deschamps, the manager of Marseille, isn't phased by the challenge of attempting to be the first French team to defeat the Red Devils at Old Trafford; "On paper you would fully expect Manchester United to qualify. But we have a chance, a little opportunity. Football is not about statistics alone." The greater challenge for Ferguson and his side will be to not allow Marseille to score an away goal, which would make extra work for his team. However, Man Utd will have Luis Nani back, who is looking to return much earlier from his Anfield injury than most expected. This match will kick off at 2:45 p.m. Central U.S. Time.

Bayern Munich v. Internazionale Milan (Agg. 1-0): This is the match that everyone is looking forward too, well, I'm guessing most people. In the first leg of the 2010 Final rematch, Bayern defeated Inter at their San Siro home, thanks to a late goal from Mario Gomez. Wesley Sneijder, the Dutch captain of the Milan side, said he will leave everything on the match, and also commented on his meeting with fellow Dutchman, Arjen Robben; "The only thing which counts is the game tomorrow." Inter will be looking to reverse the deficit, but it will be a daunting task. Munich is coming off of a 6-0 trashing of Hamburg SV, boosting their morale, while Inter's draw against lowly Brescia won't do anything to help their confidence.  This match will also kick off at 2:45 p.m. Central U.S. Time.

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