Champions League: All English Clubs to Make It Through to Knockout Stages
In the upcoming UEFA Champions League matches, Arsenal and Chelsea will play on Tuesday, November 1st, 2011 and United and City from Manchester will play the next day.
French side Marseille is coming to the Emirates for the return leg of the fixture where Aaron Ramsey scored an injury-time winner after 90 minutes of stalemate football. Arsenal should be able to pull through safely with all three points intact.
Fellow Londoners, Chelsea are visiting Belgium in order to face their reigning league champions KRC Genk. In their previous meeting at Stamford Bridge, the Blues came out victorious 5-0. This game will be a walk in a park for the Chelsea but Andre Villas Boas might try resting some of his better players.
On November 2nd, Manchester United will host Otelul Galati. Wayne Rooney scored two penalties to give his team a 2-0 win over Galati in Romania. It should be an easy tie for the Englishmen and Alex Ferguson could probably use it as a ‘cheer up game’ after their Manchester derby demolition.
Speaking of which, Manchester City is going to Spain to face the Yellow Submarine. City is on a high and will probably be able to maintain that high until they reach El Madrigal. The only hurdle in between is the game against the Wolves at the Etihad Stadium. Villarreal, on the other hand, should be a tougher test for Roberto Mancini as compared to Wolves as the Spaniards have been able to give rough times to their English visitors in the past.
Before you watch the top four of England take on the rest of Europe and more Champions League action, watch Clarence Seedorf, Gianluigi Buffon, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Patrick Viera recreate some of the historic moments of the competition:
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