MIKAEL SILVESTRE has revealed his joy after being asked to help in the upcoming Champions League draw – despite the final being being ruined by Uefa.
In December, the draw for the round of 16 had to be replayed after a huge mistake when Manchester United paired Villarreal – despite both coming to the same group.
United were then held to a draw against Paris Saint-Germain – but without their ball being sent back into goal to face Atletico Madrid, a whole other re-draw was ordered when the giant bull was spotted. second giant.
After an hour of chaos, the last 16 queues were finally completed according to the rules of the competition.
That day, former Arsenal player Andrey Arshavin helped conduct the ‘Road to St Petersburg’ draw.
However, following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the city has now been stripped of the right to attend the Champions League final – with Paris participating.
And it is former Arsenal and Man Utd French defender Silvestre who will help oversee the quarter-final, semi-final and final draws on Friday 18 March.
Despite the drama from December, the former Premier League star appeared to be in a high mood after the date.
Excited Silvestre tweeted: “I am honored to announce that I will be participating in the #UCL quarter-finals, semi-finals and final draws taking place on March 18.”
United initially drew PSG, with Man City drawing Villarreal, Chelsea drawing Lille and Liverpool drawing RB Salzburg.
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But after the re-draw, United were paired with Atletico, with City meeting Sporting Lisbon, Liverpool drawing Inter Milan and Chelsea still seeing the name Lille taken out of the game.
Liverpool, Man City, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid have been confirmed to be drawn for the next stage of the tournament after successfully progressing through the round of 16.
But Man United and Chelsea still have the second leg ahead.
Man Utd drew the first leg 1-1 in Madrid and faced Atleti at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.
The Blues travel to Lille with a 2-0 lead from the first leg at Stamford Bridge.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/4893934/man-utd-arsenal-champions-league-draw-botched/ The former Man Utd and Arsenal star was pressured into the Champions League draw after the last game was beaten by Uefa