Manchester United to play Deportivo in the semis

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:27 IST

Manchester United will have to overcome their bogey team Deportivo la Coruna in the hope that they may meet archrivals Liverpool in the semis-finals.

Manchester United to play Deportivo in the semis

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Manchester United will have to overcome their bogey team Deportivo la Coruna in the hope that they may meet archrivals Liverpool in the semis-finals. Playing Deportivo is certainly going to bring back some painful memories for United's goalkeeper Fabien Barthez. Two blunders by him allowed the Spanish club to beat United in the league stages of the Champion's League. As United travel to the intimidating atmosphere of the Riazor stadium, they know only too well that they are facing one of the best attacking teams in this season's competition. Sir Alex Ferguson, Manager, Manchester United FC, "I think they have been very consistent this season. " However the Deportivo coach Javier Irureta was certainly not underestimating the English champions. He knows that any side that makes the last eight of Europe's most prestigious club competition must be a serious contender for the continental crown. Eight-time European champions Real Madrid are preparing to face four-time winners and defending champions Bayern Munich on Tuesday night in what is billed as the most attractive of the four UEFA Champions League first leg quarter-finals. But the Bavarian club's main concern will be the absence through injury of mid-fielder Mehmet Scholl, while Real Madrid too will have to manage without their star mid-fielder Luis Figo, who is out with an ankle injury. Bayern Munich will enter the clash with a powerful psychological advantage they have won five of the last six matches against Real. Bixente Lizarazu, Defender, FC Bayern Munich, said, "We have a team that will not make it easy for Madrid. The last six games it was not easy for Madrid. It was not easy for them to play their offensive football because we have very good discipline and are very good in defence and so all the offensive players against us have more problems to play." Despite the absence of Luis Figo, the clash between the two team's stars Zinedine Zidane and Stefan Effenberg will be eagerly awaited by fans in both camps.

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