Friday, March 20, 2009

Man United V FC Porto

Sir Alex Ferguson declared himself pleased with the UEFA Champions League draw for the quarter-finals after his side were pitted against Porto.

Should the reigning European champions overcome their Portuguese opponents a potential semi-final with Arsenal awaits, with the Gunners facing Villarreal in their last eight clash.

Despite their relatively poor record against Porto down the years, just two wins from six games, the 67-year-old will go into the tie confident his side will progress.

The Scot also pointed out that having Portuguese national team boss Carlos Queiroz as his assistant for the last four seasons would help in his side's preparations.

"This is a good draw for us, we've met Porto before and obviously we respect any Portuguese team," he said.

"We have had a huge Portuguese influence in the club firstly with Carlos Queiroz but now with Cristiano (Ronaldo) and Nani so we understand Portuguese football."

The only negative from the draw was the fact that United will play the first leg of the tie at home and should they qualify for the last four they will again be away for the second leg, but Ferguson insists this shouldn't be a problem.

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