The 2011/12 UEFA Champions League has been an enthralling competition so far.
Out of all the groups in the group qualification phase, Group H contains 2 of the best teams in the European competition: Italian giants AC Milan and the current Champions League trophy holders Barcelona.
The other teams confined in Group H are as follows: Gambrinus liga outfit FC Viktoria Plzen, and Belarusian Premier League team FC BATE Borisov. The first matchup between Barcelona and Milan ended in a 2-2 draw with the Spanish side playing at home. People looking at the Champions League promotions should remember this.
It was an extraordinary affair and the excitement lasted even until the final seconds as Brazilian international Thiago Silva headed in a goal in the 2nd minute of stoppage time ensuring that all important draw at the Camp Nou. The second matchup between the 2 sides ended in a 2-3 victory to Barcelona at the San Siro with goals from: Milan’s Mark van Bommel in the 14th minute (o.g.), Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the 20th minute, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi in the 31st minute, Milan’s Kevin Prince Boateng in the 54th minute, and a goal from Barcelona’s Xavi in the 63rd minute. Those who bet on Champions League winner should bear this in mind.
Although the Spanish outfit remained in control for most of the match, the Italian’s certainly had their chances. This article must come down to the question – Who will succeed to the latest stage of the European Cup out of group winners Barcelona and the qualified AC Milan? – My thoughts are that Barcelona are the most likely to win the prestigious tournament.
Their eclectic team includes some of the best players in the world and will cause difficulties for any up and coming opposition. AC Milan are another potential candidate for claiming the most prestigious title; although the most likely outcome for the Italian side would be a place in the Semi-Final.