UEFA Champions League Draw: Pick Your Poison

Jasper Juinen

The semi-final draw for the 2013-13 UEFA Champions League is looming, and it's safe to say that a tough draw awaits the Blaugrana. However, if you were to pick a team to face, who would you like to draw tomorrow?

FC Barcelona are through to their sixth successive UEFA Champions League semi-final, and they will be looking to avenge last year's defeat against Chelsea with a win against either Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund or Bayern Munich. Of course, in an ideal world I'm sure that most Cules would prefer to be facing Chelsea for a second successive season; in fact, virtually anything would be preferable to a two-legged tie against Real Madrid or either of the two German sides - especially when Barca will be missing the majority of their centre-backs for at least the first-leg, and possibly even the second.

On the other hand, to be the best, you have to beat the best; starting with whichever team we draw tomorrow morning. So, if given the choice between the three sides, who would you prefer the Blaugrana to face? On the one hand you have the familiarity of Real Madrid; despite our recent troubles with the reigning La Liga champions, Barca have proved themselves capable of eliminating Los Blancos in this very situation. Then we have Borussia Dortmund who needed two injury-time goals to eliminate Malaga, but have impressed all season long, including in the group stage where they defeated Real Madrid. And at the other end of the spectrum we have Bayern Munich, who have already won the Bundesliga, but haven't always impressed in this competition. Aside from nearly blowing a lead against Arsenal in the Round of 16, Bayern are still reeling from last year's final defeat at the hands of Chelsea - in a match the Germans really should have won. Who would you prefer to face and why?


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