The last minute equaliser we conceded in Copenhagen last week has of course altered the complexity of the tie, but as we sit at the half way stage, we should be feeling confident of progressing through to the last sixteen.
On the evidence of the first leg, we definitely look the more dangerous side and we are more than capable of goals against FC Copenhagen's defence. The danger as I see it is if we were to fall behind early, when we are then chasing the game rather than being in control of it. It is imperative therefore that our concentration at the back is much improved.
It will be a big blow if Vincent Kompany is ruled out, especially given tht Nigel de Jong is ineligible to play. The midfield would then have an unfamiliar look to it, with far less steel and solidity than we have witnessed in recent weeks. It will be interesting to see who Hughes decides to bring in to the side. Another chance for Elano is surely on the cards but I do worry about the lack of defensive from the midfielder.
Far more onus will then be on the more creative and attack minded elements of the side to deliver and I do feel we will have enough firepower to outscore our opponents and secure a passage into the next round, but not without scare or two along the way.