Skyscanner’s football fan, Nick, reports on the forthcoming big matches and how to get to them.
As an impartial English football supporter, I think I speak for many of us, when I say Barcelona should do the decent thing and not bother turning up at the end of this month. Given we are filling 75% of the available spots, if an English team doesn’t win the Champion’s League once again, then it means only one thing: that Barcelona are better than we are.
As we all know, football is a game of two halves – except in this competition where it is two games of four halves – and consequently there is plenty of travelling having to be done by all fans.
Barcelona v Chelsea – 1st Leg 28/04 – 2nd Leg 06/05
After a peaceful night against Liverpool, Chelsea fans will no doubt be looking forward to the calm and friendly atmosphere of the Nou Camp in Barcelona. Frank Lampard will have to be at the top of his game again if Chelsea are to worry Barça, and if the likes of Henry and Messi are on form, then this is not going to be much fun for the boys in blue.
The absence of the new millennium’s Spice Boy, Ashley Cole, compounds their threat, and there will be a big hole in defence which Barcelona will be sure to exploit. The team spirit shown by Chelsea in the second half against Liverpool though, means that they should nevertheless still be a force to be reckoned with.
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Manchester United v Arsenal – 1st Leg 29/04 – 2nd Leg 05/05
Two great masterminds of the Premiership era go head to head in what is bound to be a much-anticipated semi final, though Arsene Wenger seems to have grown out of the mind games at which Sir Alex still excels.
Technically, both sides are very strong going forward, but with an injury list building at Arsenal and United’s creaky defence, the winning team will be, as any great pundit will tell you, the one that concedes fewest goals.
United fans will be hoping that no penalties are involved over the next little while and we look forward to some imaginative FA Cup-based songs from Gunners’ fans.
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