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It's Barcelona again

There's a certain inevitability about some cup draws. Having tripped up over our own seemingly comfortable group stage draw we've been rewarded with everyone's least favourite knockout round opponents.

We'd have to have beaten them, or someone who had beaten them first in order to win the trophy of course but it's a tough ask given the spanking we got from them last season. Cup competitions seem to throw up these sequences where the same opponents are pitted together quite often.

In a knockout tournament so much depends on factors on the day whether injuries, decisions, the simple run of the ball that the form book isn't always a great guide. Cup games have a dynamic of their own and progress in this competition will depend on us having our best players fit and on form if we are to bury a few ghosts. We have done so in the past as few gave us much chance of beating then reigning champions AC Milan in the San Siro a couple of seasons back or a strong Real side in the Bernabeu. It can be done, it has been done - that's both the tantalisation and the torment of cup football.

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Date:Friday December 17 2010
Time: 11:48AM


Shatkar game comes back to bite us I'm afraid.
Wyn Mills
17/12/2010 11:55:00
Lol.. Walcott said that you guys wanted to face Barca... Wish Granted!
17/12/2010 11:56:00
The team has no one to blame but themselves. Could have and should have topped the group. It will be an interesting game, of course, but I just don't see how we can beat Barca.
17/12/2010 11:59:00
17/12/2010 12:00:00
Exciting, guess we will really see how far the squad has come in 12 months, oh and.....Cesc Fab he is ours, Cesc Fab he is oooooours, F@*k off up Las Ramblas, Cesc Fab he is ooooours!
17/12/2010 12:02:00
If we knock them out, I'd fancy the boost it would give us to carry us all the way.
Little Dutch
17/12/2010 12:04:00
Anyone who watched Barca annihilate Real should take a relative view of our progress.
Wyn Mills
17/12/2010 12:07:00
At least we can have a good trial run for the Barca game against stoke 2moro......
17/12/2010 12:23:00
Oh my the gloom. Agree with LD, this could be the proving ground. W.B /Newcastle/Hull all have beaten us at home when we where certain to win; its 11 men against 11 men. We played them in the final and we nearly won with 10 men. Perhaps its our turn now. If every game of football was so easy to forecast who would watch football.
17/12/2010 12:29:00
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