Champions League football returns with 16 teams aiming for progress in Europe in the coming weeks (2nd Round fixtures will be played on 19/20 Feb and 4/5 Mar).
Players will have to be careful in how much they flail their elbows, protest decisions and rush to the defense of their teammates as Uefa has given refs strict instructions last week to show straight red cards for dangerous fouls and yellow cards for excessive protesting (which includes running to the ‘crime scene’ from a long distance away).
I wonder why Uefa doesn’t just come out and limit the right of protest to the captain? It’s not as if the ref is going to change his mind if the player threatens him or starts crying. Get rid of this protesting nonsense and let’s get on with the game dammit. If the ref’s that bad then there are solutions for that as well.
In any case, several interesting matchups here, most notably for Italian teams with Milan up against Arsenal, Inter against Liverpool and Roma facing Real Madrid. Here’s are detailed previews for each game:
07/08 Champions League Round of 16 Previews
|Celtic vs. Barcelona|
|Lyon vs. Man Utd|
|Schalke vs. Porto|
|Liverpool vs. Inter Milan|
|Roma vs. Real Madrid|
|Arsenal vs. AC Milan|
|Olympiakos vs. Chelsea|
|Fenerbahce vs. Sevilla|
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- Eddie Griffin made some early predictions for the 2nd round – have a look.
- 07/08 Champions League Fixtures List