Arsenal are looking at tough draw on Friday in Nyon, Switzerland, as we have now reached the last eight stage and most teams remaining in the hat are a threat.
The 13-2 win on aggregate over Slavia Praha was clearly an appetiser for what should be a very tasty quarter-final tie.
UEFA will draw the quarter-finals, and semi-finals, setting the road to Vienna for the remaining teams.
Here are the fixtures dates
- Quarter-finals: 24/25 March & 1/2 April 2020
- Semi-finals: 25/26 April & 2/3 May 2020
- Final (Viola Park, Vienna): 24 May 2020
Here are the eight qualified teams, ranked by their UEFA coefficient for the 2016-2020 club coefficient:
- Lyon 131.875,
- Wolsfburg 103.275,
- Barcelona 94.820,
- PSG 89.875,
- FC Bayern 69.275,
- Atletico Madrid 43.820,
- Glasgow City 34.620,
- Arsenal 30.315
Arsenal have the lowest coefficient of the teams as they have been out of the competition for five years, but they are certainly not the underdogs.
Seven out of the eight remaining teams are affiliated to powerful men’s clubs, with Glasgow City the lone standalone side.
Therefore, the most favorable draw would be Glasgow City, a side that we played back in 2013. That was actually the last game from the side assembled through the years by Vic Akers, as most of players from this era left during the winter window.
Shelley Kerr was left with a rebuilding job and the team crashed in the quarter-finals against Birmingham City.
Atletico Madrid would the second favorable draw as we saw them against City and we would know what to expect from them.
Tougher opposition would be Barcelona and FC Bayern, who we played in pre-season, as well as PSG, who made some intelligent signings this summer and beefed up their bench in comparison to last season.
The come the top two European sides in Wolfsburg and Lyon who would be a real test of the team’s capabilities as they have been consistent at reaching the final stage of the tournament for many many years.
At the end of the day, if you want to be the best, you need to beat the best.
Let’s hope lady luck is on our side today and the draw is kind enough.
If not, it will allow us to see how strong is the side built by Joe Montemurro really is as those are the games where you learn if your players are elite or not.