It was inevitable that all the 3 Italian representatives in the Champions League would be handed tough opponents when the draw for the knock-out stages was held on Friday. However, the fixture that really caught my eye was the Bayern Munich vs Fiorentina match-up.
Apart from the Inter Miln -Chelsea fixture and AC Milan-Manchester united fixture, i believe this is the one fixture that is bound to have all football lovers anxiously anticipating February 2010. I say this because Fiorentina and Bayern Munich have never met in this prestigious tournament and also because both these two teams are doing well in their leagues.
Fixtures like these are had to predict and they usually arouse a passion that is comparable to none. There is no previous history of these two clubs meeting and thus there is no criteria that analysts, pundits and fans can use to establish the stronger of the two.
Bayern Munich who of late have been steadily improving in their league will want to put their disastrous start to the season behind them when they face the Viola in the two legged home and away fixture. The Bavarians are currently in position 3 in the Bundesliga just 2 points off the pace set by the much unfancied Bayer Leverkusen.
Fiorentina on the other hand have started to decline after starting the season strongly. They currently lie in 9th position in the Serie A and with a killer game against Milan that is still yet to be played, the Viola could very well find themselves in the wrong end of the table going into the winter break.
What i really like about this fixture is its unpredictability. Both these sides have good players who play good ball. What we are in for is some really entertaining football that will surely set the pace for the entire year.