Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Champions League 04-05: Quarterfinal predictions

After an exciting first round of quarterfinals last week, we are nearing the moment of truth: who will be semi-finalists of the 2004-2005 Champions League. It is hard to predict, but I will dare anyway:
Inter-AC Milan: AC Milan pulled back what in Italian terms is a comfortable victory. 2-0, and they will also have their strong attack ready tonight. However, I believe that Inter may pull a tie or even a 1-0 victory. In any case, AC Milan is the next semi-finalist.
Bayern Munich-Chelsea: The first game was a game of superlatives. Both teams played great, and Chelsea certainly showed why they are the most dangerous team in Europe this season. Even when Bayern Munich was dominating, the Chelsea striking force was devastating, particularly an amazing Frank Lampard. Bayern is under pressure, and I believe they can pull a 1-0 or 2-1 victory. But Chelsea is the next semi-finalist!
Juventus-Liverpool: The first was an exciting and emotional match between two of Europe’s greatest team. Liverpool managed a deserved 2-1 victory that gives them hope for a semi-final spot. However, Juventus is the master of 1-0 victories (five alone in the first round of the CL), and I think they will get it. Juventus will be in the semi-final.
PSV Eindhoven-Lyon: Just as much as Lyon was a disappointment, PSV was a positive surprise in the first match. After 1-1 in Lyon, the aces are in the hand of PSV. While I believe that Lyon will try hard, it will not be enough against a well-organised and motivated PSV side, which is back with the strength of former times. PSV will win 1-0 or get 0-0.
I am seldom right. But I keep trying!

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