The final sixteen
Champions League action returns tomorrow
This week's matches should be riveting: Arsenal v. Milan, Roma v. Real Madrid, Celtic v. Barcelona, Liverpool v. Inter. And those are just the games that can be seen on ESPN over the next two days. Gabriele Marcotti has a nice primer on the round of sixteen over at SI. Barcelona's lethal striker Samuel Eto'o might see some action after missing recent matches with a thigh injury. That means Frank Rijkaard could have his full complement of offensive weapons available for the first time since August. Real Madrid magician Robinho is likely out owing to a torn stomach muscle. Rafa Benitez might need another deep run in Europe to keep his job at Liverpool after Saturday's hilarious home defeat to lower division Barnsley in the FA Cup.
Likewise Arsenal will be looking to make amends for the team's humiliating 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Manchester United. I'd barely tucked into my hashbrowns at The Local on Saturday before Nani, Anderson, Rooney and company had run the visitors off the field. Sir Alex Ferguson's side will try to keep the good times rolling at Lyon on Wednesday. Here's the highlights from the Manchester pasting: