Arbeloa up for Barca clash
Alvaro Arbeloa is relishing the prospect of a possible Champions League semi-final with Barcelona.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 25/03/09 6:41pm
Alvaro Arbeloa is relishing the prospect of a possible UEFA Champions League semi-final with Spanish giants Barcelona.
The Catalans have lit up the Spanish league this season and are on course for a historic treble with the Copa del Rey also in their sights.
But Liverpool are in impressive form themselves having emphatically knocked out Barca's rivals Real Madrid in the last-16 of the competition at the start of the month.
The Merseysiders have also closed the gap on Manchester United at the top of the Premier League, thanks in no small part to the 4-1 hammering they dished out at Old Trafford three days after the Madrid mauling.
But the Reds will first have to overcome Chelsea in what we will be a close encounter in their quarter-final tie, while Barcelona face German champions Bayern Munich.
"We're not doing badly in the Premier League, we're there waiting to see if Manchester fall," the former Real Madrid youngster said.
"And in the Champions League we're waiting to see if we meet Barca, to see if we take them down a peg or two.
"Barca are favourites in the competition as they are playing a marvellous game.
"It's not going to be easy. First we have to beat Chelsea. Barca are a strong rival, but Chelsea will be a difficult obstacle and we have to be prepared."