Burdisso: ‘Scudetto in our sights’

The Giallorossi defeated Udinese 4-2 to go within four points of leaders Inter, who they face next Saturday in a title showdown.

“This was the first game we won while thinking about the Scudetto,” said the former Nerazzurri defender.

“It was a great performance, a tough one, but which gives us the chance to get even closer to Inter.

“Now we have to do well on Wednesday and then play our game with them on Saturday night.”

“There has certainly been Scudetto talk for a while now, whereas two years ago when I was at Inter, Roma only found themselves challenging in the final rounds,” added Burdisso.

“Now there are nine games to go and only four points separating us. It’s another reason for us to keep pushing.”

Milan: SUPERMARIO arrives!

First blow of the rossoneri for the next season.

Today it could be the day of “SuperMario” to the Milan. Not, not Balotelli, but the other “SuperMario” of our championship, cioé Yepes, 34enne defender of the Chievo. Arrived in Italy two seasons, ago coming from the Paris Saint Germain, Yepes it had signed a contract anniversary with the club clivense, in order then to renew it the past summer. Now, but, the Columbian defender is newly in expiration and on he the court of the Milan has been made indeed locked.

Like brought back today from the Courier of the Sport, a decisive encounter is previewed today in order to find the agreement with the defender and to carry it to Milan: the offer of the club of Via Turati is of 1 million clearly to season, against the 550,000 euros that Yepes earns now to Verona. Inevitable, however, than the South American defender it has intention to live a great adventure in an apex square and to dispute Champions League before hanging scarpette to the nail and therefore the transaction, probably, will be made.

Arriving to Yepes, the Milan would not have more the absolute necessity than to bring back to Milanello Goshawks, being thus avoided to yield to the demands for Cellino, more and more onerose for the defender (lately the patron of the Cagliari has asked 5 million euro). With the goodbyes of Favalli and Kaladze, it could be the Onyewu American, to the return after an ugly accident, fifth centers them of the Milan after Nesta, Thiago Silva, Yepes exactly and Bonera. And they could be enough…

Europa League Draw

The Europa League quarter-final draw has been completed in Nyon, with Valencia against Atletico Madrid the undoubted tie of the round.

Elsewhere, there is an England-versus-Germany clash as Fulham and Wolfsburg take on each other, Hamburg tackle Standard Liege and Benfica will fight against Liverpool.

The path to the final in Hamburg was all mapped out, with the draw also made for the two semi-finals.

The winners of Hamburg and Liege will play the winners of Fulham and Wolfsburg in semi-final 1, while semi-final 2 will feature the winners of Valencia and Atletico Madrid versus the winners of Benfica and Liverpool.

The draw was also made to determine who the ‘home’ team in the final at Hamburg would be, and that honour was granted to the winners of semi-final 2.

Europa League Quarterfinal Draw

Fulham Wolfsburg
Hamburg Standard Liege
Valencia Atletico Madrid
Benfica Liverpool

The first leg of each tie will be played on April 1st, while the second will be played on April 8th.

Arsenal stand in Barcelona’s way

In the quarter-finals FC Barcelona face Arsenal FC, Olympique Lyonnais play FC Girondins de Bordeaux, FC Bayern München take on Manchester United FC and FC Internazionale Milano meet PFC CSKA Moskva.

FC Barcelona will continue their defence of the UEFA Champions League title with a quarter-final against the side they beat to win the competition in 2006, Arsenal FC.

For the first time since 1998/99 six nations were represented in the draw, made by UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino and the ambassador for the Madrid final, Emilio Butragueño. While Barcelona meet Arsenal over two legs on 30/31 March and 6/7 April, Olympique Lyonnais play French rivals FC Girondins de Bordeaux, FC Bayern München take on Manchester United FC in a replay of the 1999 Camp Nou final and FC Internazionale Milano meet PFC CSKA Moskva.

In the semi-finals, Barcelona or Arsenal will take on Inter or CSKA while the remaining French representatives face Bayern or United. The final will be played at Madrid’s Santiago Bernabéu stadium, the first in its new Saturday slot of 22 May, part of a week-long festival that will also encompass the UEFA Women’s Champions League final in Getafe two days earlier.

2009/10 UEFA Champions League draw
Quarter-finals: 30/31 March & 6/7 April
1: Olympique Lyonnais (FRA) v FC Girondins de Bordeaux (FRA)
2: FC Bayern München (GER) v Manchester United FC (ENG)
3: Arsenal FC (ENG) v FC Barcelona (ESP, holders)
4: FC Internazionale Milano (ITA) v PFC CSKA Moskva (RUS)
Semi-finals: 20/21 & 27/28 April
1: Winner quarter-final 2 v Winner quarter-final 1
2: Winner quarter-final 4 v Winner quarter-final 3
Final: Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid; 20.45CET, Saturday 22 May
Winner semi-final 1 v Winner semi-final 2

What crossings you would like to see in quarters, and why?

You would like to see a Barcelona-Lyons, so that the ones of Pep Guardiola try to do what Real Madrid could not? You want a revenge for the Inter of Jose Mourinho before its twig of the passed year, Manchester United?

The disease is served facing the great drawing of this Friday. In Nyon we will know which will be the more cosmopolitan quarters of end of the Champions of the last times, and the small balls can throw really spectacular crossings. It could have some pending accounts that to settle. Fraticidas shocks, between equipment of a same country. And also unpublished confrontations in the history of this match.

In Goal.com we want proponerte a game: that you yourself you choose to your dreamed quarters of end. Which would be the crossings with more disease? Here we propose some alternatives to you, considering what it has happened in this Champions and also in recent editions.

For example, you imagine to Barcelona de Pep Guardiola having to face the Olympique de Lyons? The Gauls loaded in eighth a Real Madrid, equipment to which has of son in this match, but never it has occurred them to face the equipment culé very well. And if the Catalans eliminate to them, they will be able to say that they have made “what never the meringues could” and see cleared his way thus the end. That one will gamble, we remember… in Santiago Bernabéu.

And if we spoke of disease, what seems to you a new crossing between the Inter and Manchester United? The passed course, the Network Devils stopped to the equipment nerazzurro bringing about the enormous deception of Jose Mourinho.

But now luso looks for revenge and its equipment comes to eliminate another English Coco, the Chelsea. There will be second opportunity against the ones of Old Trafford?

The big drum could provide, in addition, an unpublished shock in quarters in the history of the Champions, like a Bayern de Munich-CSKA of Moscow, or even individual fraticidas duels between brothers of a same country: you imagine United-Arsenal, or a Lyons-Girondins of Bordeaux? Everything can happen!

It comes, because that one is the game. It lets fly your imagination and it anticipates the quarters dreamed facing the drawing of Friday.