By Walter Broeckx.
Test. Checking the cables. Is the internet working properly? CAN YOU READ ME? TEST 1 2 3 ? Okay. We read you over here on our side. Loud and clear. Cut the capitals will you.
Welcome dear readers for our live match, er…, draw report of the CL draw today in Nyon, Switzerland.
For those who are not just interested in football but also want to learn a few things about the world let us start with a few intesting facts about Nyon. If not interested, skip this part.
Nyon is a small city situated next to Lake Geneva. Apparantely there is some fish to be found in Lake Geneva as you can see in the coat of arms of this city.
The colours remind us of one of the teams in the competion that we have seen in the past. Nyon is the city where UEFA has their headquarters and that is the place where the balls are being warmed. Or frozen. Depending on what is needed of course.
So who can we draw? Bayer Leverkusen, Bayern Munich, Benfica, Real Madrid, Porto, Sevilla. We cannot draw Manchester City and PSG whom we played in the group stages. PSG that is of course.
Pedro Pinto talking us to sleep now. Some images shown now from different clubs and goals from the group stages.
More blah blah and a polite round of applause for the happy few in the comfortable seats.
Time for the balls! Come on let’s get on with it. We haven’t all day. Yeah let’s bring on Ruud Gullit. We were in a desperate need to have more blah blah. Maybe the balls weren’t up to the right temperature yet.
The balls are rolling. The first name out of the bowl is Manchester City who will play…. Monaco. On paper an easy draw but the can get a surprise out of you.
Real Madrid next out of the hat, sorry bowl…. but not Arsenal out of the next bowl but Napoli.
Next name is Benfica. Will it now be Arsenal? No it is Dortmund.
Next name is Bayern. Ok, we already know what is coming now…. Told you so… Arsenal comes out of the bowl.
Next teams out of the bowls are Porto who will play Juventus.
But meanwhile Arsenal will travel to Munich once again… Good we finished first….
Next match that comes out of the hat is Leverkusen against Atletico Madrid.
PSG will play Barcelona. Okay so if we would have finished second it would have been once again Barcelona….. LOL
Last match that comes out of the hat is Sevilla who will play Leicester.
It seems that whatever we do finish first or second we will still end up with Bayern Munich or Barcelona. Maybe next season we could skip the group stages and go to the last 16 and then play Bayern and Barcelona. Would save us a lot of time and energy. And the outcome is still the same.
Looking at the other PL teams still in the CL I can’t find Tottenham. Oh that’s right. They are in the Thursday pots. Manchester City should be able to beat Monaco but they can be tough and know how to score on the counter as we found out a few seasons ago. But since then Monaco lost a few important counter players. It will be interesting to see how Leicester will deal with Sevilla. Sevilla who have won the Thursday Europa League a few times on the trot over the last years and who are riding high in the Spanish league. So not that easy.
Right now I had prepared a lot of interesting stuff about the team we would play but as we play Bayern Munich once again I will leave it like that. I think we know all about them from the last years and will face a big task. But we have won against them and in the round of 16 we only went out on the away goals rule a few seasons ago. But they are still one of the strongest teams in Europe but maybe slightly getting a bit older at the moment.
But there is still a long way to go before we play those matches somewhere in February and March.
I will now pull the cable out and go looking for my fishing gear and see if I can catch me a big fish in Lake Geneva.
See you soon and au revoir from Nyon.
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