UEFA Champions League
“We saw that they beat Barcelona in Glasgow, but we are prepared to adapt maybe more than they did on that occasion”
Rarely has the Ruhr been seen as a haven of creativity and artistry. Only on the football field can Germany’s industrial strongholds ever enchant the watching world with aesthetic excellence. But boy how they can.
This morning sounded another death knell for a Chelsea manager as Roman Abramovich wielded his favourite axe to sack Champions League winning manager Roberto Di Matteo from the club.
European Champions Chelsea were humbled last night, beaten 3-0 by Juventus in Turin following a consummate display by the Serie A leaders. It was a result which leaves qualification almost impossible for the Stamford Bridge club and has ultimately cost Roberto Di Matteo his job.
Football’s greatest – Pelé, Diego Maradona, Johan Cruyff, Franz Beckenbauer and Alfredo Di Stéfano amongst others – may already have been surpassed by a 25-year-old.
It hasn’t been the easiest of journeys but finally they are back. When the Champions League anthem is played over the Stamford Bridge PA system on Wednesday evening, the eleven men wearing the famous black and white stripes of Juventus will be the first to do so in almost three years.
I’ve been watching and thinking of Barcelona a great deal recently, and have been trying to write something about them and their style. I eventually came up with this piece.
Former Liverpool manager Bill Shankly famously once said “football isn’t a matter of life and death, it’s much more important than that.”
A five foot 10 inch forward with a Mohawk haircut as outlandish as his dazzling footwork, ‘Il Faraone’ (The Pharaoh) will start against Arsenal this evening, as Allegri lets the sparkling forward off the leash for an opportunity on the big stage.
The last time FC Bayern came to Manchester, they left having eliminated the best team in England from the Champions League. They had already beaten them in Munich, and one fizzling Arjen Robben volley later, Manchester United were ruing the missed opportunity of a third successive European Cup Final.
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