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Champions League preview

Wives and girlfriends beware. Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the sitting room... The Champions League returns tonight!

Arsenal vs AC Milan

The Arse are heading to the San Siro all square, following the 0-0 stalemate at Highbury two weeks ago. Wenger's whizz kids will be hoping to get one over on world club champions AC Milan.

Touré is out but Van Persie will be back on the bench after a two-month absence. Milan will have Pato and Inzaghi up front and will be looking to reproduce the 3-0 hammering they handed out to Man Utd last year.

According to the Sun, 'STRIKING' Laura Esposto, "the gorgeous presenter of Five's Football Italiano", was impressed by Arsene's men in the first leg but is predicting a Milan win. So there you have it.

Man Utd vs Lyon

Today's award for stating the obvious goes to the Guardian: "The priority for Manchester United tonight will be to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Champions League." You don't say?

Anyway, Utd picked up a crucial away goal in the first leg and haven't been beaten at home in Europe since 2005.

Also, it seems that Lyon's Karim Benzema and Hatem Ben Arfa have lost that loving feeling. Lyon coach Alain Perrin is reported as saying, "they wouldn't go out for a drink together, for instance. But it's nothing to stop them playing in the same team. It's a personal situation and should have nothing to do with the game."

Celtic vs Barcelona

Elsewhere, Celtic are at the Camp Nou, or Nou Camp, whichever you prefer, with the seemingly impossible task of overhauling the 3-2 first leg home defeat to Barcelona. Phew!

Scottish spaghetti Hoops manager, Gordan Strachan, has said that the Celtic Soul Brothers are facing an obstacle "almost as high as Mount Everest", like K2 then?

The first match was a refreshing example of two teams really having a go and hopefully tonight will see more of the same.


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