So it is Barcelona again! Of course we should show respect to the current CL holders and no doubt they will be the favourites once again, but we should not fear them.
From having Cech in goal to avoid inexperienced mistakes, to Alexis giving his all to beat his former paymasters; and from Theo terrorising the high back-line, to Ozil, Santi and Ramsey finding the gaps with and without the ball; and from our full backs springing a surprise, to Giroud creating space for our midfielders… we have weapons to hurt the Catalans. Our recent 2-0 home win against Bayernlona will help a lot in this respect, and if we can manage a similar score-line, we have something the fight for at the Camp Nou. The one thing to hope for is UEFA selecting their best referees for both legs, and then we have a fair and mouth-watering battle to look forward to.
I reckon with this team we could hurt them, especially if all are fit and we can field a strong bench as well:
Bench: Ospina/Szczesny(?), Gibbs, Gabriel, Wilshere, Giroud, Campbell.
So bring on the Catalans, and let’s play football! 🙂