Friday, March 18, 2011

United set for Chelsea clash in Champions League

NYON, Switzerland (AFP) – English giants Manchester United and Chelsea are set to clash in the Champions League quarter-finals after being drawn in a rematch of their 2008 European final here on Friday.

Holders Inter Milan will meet Schalke 04, tournament favourites Barcelona play Shakhtar Donetsk and Tottenham face Real Madrid.

Premier League leaders United will travel to reigning English champions Chelsea for the first leg and will have the home advantage at Old Trafford for the return leg.

United beat Chelsea on penalties in the final in Moscow three years ago.

Chelsea have never won the Champions League and are desperate to do well in Europe as they sit nine points behind three-time European winners United in the Premier League.

Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez admitted his side face a tough task at Stamford Bridge where they have not won since 2002, and lost earlier this month in a clash which resulted in Sir Alex Ferguson picking up a five-match touchline ban.

"We play in the same league and it is going to be tough," said Hernandez, who scored both goals against Marseille on Tuesday to put United through to the quarter-finals.

"Stamford Bridge is a nice stadium and it makes it a little bit like a league game.

"But if there is an advantage it is that we are at home in the second game."


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