Koeman Forecasts More English Doom10/02/06
Benfica manager Ronald Koeman gone out on a limb to predict that both Chelsea and Liverpool will go the way of Manchester United in the first knockout round of the Champions League.
The former Barcelona championship hero helped oversee the demise of the Red Devils during group play and sees no reason why the Portuguese champs can’t claim another Premiership scalp in Liverpool.
“Why not? We eliminated Manchester United and so we can do the same to Liverpool,” he told Sport. “The bad thing is that we have to play the second leg at Anfield because it’s a very imposing stadium.”
Adding fuel to the fire, Koeman also foretold Barca revenge against Jose Mourinho’s Blues.
“There are two things that lead me to believe that the azulgranas (Barca) are superior,” he explained. “Above all, Barca have learned from what happened last year at Stamford Bridge.”
“Secondly, because the return leg will be at Camp Nou, whatever the score the crowd will lift the players.”
Champions League is where it's at. You'd think the FA Cup was a big deal the way some are going on about.
I think Benfica may spring a surprise, can't see where the Liverpool goals will come from
Chelsea have a game on their hands but the pitch should be a great leveller.
Tough game for Chelsea regardless of the pitch.
Back 4 look more suspect than usual, a score draw would be a massive result for Barca.
The Champions League is where the defensive minded teams come into their own and for this reason you'd have to give Chelsea a great chance.
As for the Pool they should have enough in midfield to overcome Benfica but again its hard to see where the goals will come from.
I saw this in a movie about a bus that had to speed around a city, keeping its speed over 50, and if its speed changed, it would explode! I think it was called, "The Bus That Couldn't Slow Down."