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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