Champs League special

April 6, 2003

We're now at the business end of the European football season and the Champions League has reached its quarter-final stage.

Of the eight teams left in the competition, seven have lifted the European Cup and the other, Valencia, were losing finallists in 2000 and 2001. And the draw has thrown some of the biggest names in the game together.

Soccernet has interviewed players and coaches from every one of the eight as old rivalries are rekindled and old alliances are put to one side.

Tuesday sees Ajax Amsterdam, winners in 1995, reunited with AC Milan, also four times winners, in a repeat of the final eight years ago.

Clarence Seedorf was one of Ajax's young players that days, but now he finds himself lining up against his old club for Milan. Read his views on returning to the club where he learned his art.

Ronald Koeman, the hero of Barcelona's 1992 win, now manages Ajax. Christian Chivu, his Romanian captain, has become one of Europe's most coveted talents. Hear their views on the quarter-final and their respective futures.

The same night sees Manchester United travel to Madrid to face the almighty challenge of holders Real. Click here to read John Brewin preview this most evocative of fixtures.

For John O'Shea, in his first full season as a United first-teamer, this must surely be the biggest game of his career. Read his views on Real and his fledgling career.

In contrast, Roberto Carlos, though just 29, has been and seen and done it all in the game. Read his views on Real's quest to lift a record tenth title.

When Valencia travel to the San Siro on Wednesday, they will encounter a familiar face in Hector Cuper, the coach who led them to successive losing finals in 2000 and 2001. Read his views on meeting his old charges.

Cuper's successor, Rafa Benitez, led his team to the Spanish title last season and hopes to go one better than the Argentinian in lifting the European Cup. Read his views on his team's trip to Italy.

When Barcelona travel to Turin to face Juventus, another two of the giants of world soccer face each other.

For Barcelona, struggling in La Liga but so far unstoppable in this competition, with eleven wins from twelve games, the only acceptable outcome for their socios is to lift the trophy they won in 1992. Hear Dutch striker Patrick Kluivert on the pressures of being a Barcelona player.

David Trezeguet will lead the attack for the 'old lady' of Turin, as he chases for a title he is yet to win. Read his views on the Serie A champions' chances of lifting their third European title.