My question is who has the best chance of qualifying to the semi finals out of:
Spurs: 4-0 Down to Madrid, Home leg to come.
Inter: 5-2 Down to Shalke, Away leg to come
Shaktar: 5-1 Down to Barca, Home leg to come
Honestly..I cant see us getting through. But out of the three I do sense that we have the best chance of making the miracle happen. Why?
1. Our home support! No way we wont sell out! And the fans will be amazing even if we are 4-0 down.
2. We have players who have a lot to prove. VDV + Bale need to live up to there first halfs of the season. Both are players who can score against any opposition. Pav can always nick a goal when we are under the cosh (he needs to start doing it more regularly). Lennon 'scapegoat' need I say more.
3. Huddlestone should be back. He can be an asset at picking out through balls for the likes of Bale.
4. We take leads against big team at home very often! Just look at our games against the big teams in the last 10 years at WHL. In alot of them we score first and early. If that happens in the prem, the opposition tend to stay calm as they know theres a long way to go (and spurs have a history of throwing away leads against big teams in recent years.) However in the champs league, with Madrid knowing whats at stake and not wanting to be embarrassed by being the victims of the most dramatic 2nd leg comeback ever..Maybe, just maybe they might crumble. And if you look at games against United in recent years, and even arsenal and chelsea last season which we won, we were 2-0 within 50-60 minutes. If we can do that against Madrid then we can expect half hour of offensive bombardment rather than sitting back on a lead.
Do I expect it to happen..No. If I had to make a prediction I would go with a 2-2. I guess im just trying to keep spirits up. It could be worse.. we could be Inter.