Thursday, December 10, 2009

Girondins de Bordeaux - fancy a trip to Milan?

So now we lucky souls who follow Bordeaux know our list of possible opponents for the knockout stage of the Champions League.

The draw takes place at mid-day on December 18th and the runners up from the league stages were:

Bayern Munich (who Bordeaux can't play)
CSKA Moscow
AC Milan
Inter Milan

I'd love to draw either of the Milan clubs.  I have this view that if you're going to win a competition you want to do it in style and draw the best teams throughout.  I know it's not really sensible but as Laurent Blanc would probably say:

"The great fallacy is that the game is first and last about winning. It is nothing of the kind. The game is about glory, it is about doing things in style and with a flourish, about going out and beating the other lot, not waiting for them to die of boredom."

Barcelona and Chelsea are the 7/2 joint favourites with Real Madrid at 11/2 and Man Utd at 8/1.

If you believe that Les Girondins will lift the trophy in Madrid on the 22nd May you can get a pretty decent 33/1.  Seeing as they whupped Bayern Munich & Juventus and are undefeated with only two goals conceded that could well be real value for money.

After all, Monaco were in the final in 2004 and lost out to Porto - neither team has a better European pedigree than Bordeaux.

If you're looking for a truly speculative bet you can also get 80/1 on Marouane Chamakh being top goalscorer in the tournament , he's netted twice so far.

With Ronaldo already up to six I wouldn't put your (French) house on it though.

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