On Wednesday evening the official Champions League twitter account bizarrely tweeted the quarter-final draw days before it would be made.
Representatives from the remaining eight Champions League clubs will all descend on Nyon in Switzerland this lunchtime to discover who they will face in the quarter-finals of this season’s Champions League.
However, they may have well no bothered to make the trip. On Wednesday evening, after the last of the teams had qualified for the last eight, the official Champions League twitter account bizarrely tweeted the quarter-final draw.
UEFA always hold a mock draw on the actual day, just to make sure everything is in place, but to tweet a draw days before it was supposed to be done is just another gaff in the long line of UEFA errors, but it did throw up some interesting ties, and if the actual draw is similar there may even be rumours of a pre-determined fix.
Perhaps, the most interesting tie is Paris Saint-Germain’s meeting with Real Madrid. Carlo Ancelotti left Paris for Spain and it would be a chance for the French club to extract some level of revenge and for Laurent Blanc to show that he is worthy of his place in charge of PSG.
The draw also throw up a “what if” scenario for both Manchester City and Arsenal. Barcelona was drawn against Ligue 1 side AS Monaco, which if the English clubs could have qualified could have given us an all-English clash to get excited about.
Even if Manuel Pellegrini’s side hadn’t made it through, how predictable would it have been if Arsenal had been drawn against Barcelona in the last eight?
In the other two games, Bayern Munich would have been confident of dispatching last year’s finalists Atletico Madrid and there would have been a great chance for either FC Porto or Juventus to make the semi-finals as they were drawn together.
All eyes will turn to Switzerland at 12:00 CET, 11 am in the UK, and if there are any of the same ties that come out of the hat it will only make this tweet mistake an even bigger gaffe from the official UEFA account.