Man Utd forward van Persie predicts open Champions League race

Manchester United hitman Robin van Persie reckons the Champions League trophy is between 10 of the remaining 16 teams.

United are big favourites to progress, but Van Persie knows a big club like Real Madrid, Barcelona or Bayern Munich could be in wait for them in the quarter-finals.

"If you play well and are lucky you have a good chance of going far, but even then I think there are eight to 10 teams who could win it this year," the United striker told UEFA.com.

United have won all four of their games against Olympiacos, but midfielder Ryan Giggs reckons they will still be formidable opponents.

"Once you get to this stage of the competition you know that there are not going to be any easy matches," said Giggs, who was in the United side that beat the Greeks 7-2 on aggregate the last time they met in 2002.

"It's hard to believe that was 12 years ago," he added.

"I remember the home game in 2002 very well - probably because I scored twice.

"This time I think it will be a much more competitive and experienced Olympiacos, they did well in their games in the group stages.

"We know this match is going to be a tough tie, Olympiacos have a strong team."

 
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