I spent at least five minutes last night trying to remember a better Champions League debut. I recall Rooney getting a hat-trick for United on his fi...
Will we see Zidane and Simeone in the Premier League, or are they so treasured at the Madrid clubs that they are the ones who will one day choose to leave? The Damoclean sword of the sack race is only three consecutive bad performances away. Who on earth would be a manager? Apart from those who can lead their team to trophies, adulation and eternal glory.
Leicester winning the Premier League title is a fairy-tale come true. Over the course of an entire season, an unheralded club, largely unknown outside the UK, have consistently outplayed all comers and left Spurs, Man City, Liverpool, Arsenal, Man U & Chelsea all in their trail. It may signify that the constellations are aligned to generate a whole host of miracles.
Leicester City, Champions of England. It has a ring of authenticity to it that's been hard fought for and deeply merited. Whereas "Champions Spurs" - well, it just doesn't sound right. It sounds instead like cheap fiction; and, as long as the club and the fans retain their current losers' mindset, that's just how it will remain.
Why shouldn't we dream? We are in this title race, and as of now, we're in pole position. This side is brimming with quality and the unthinkable may occur after all. Regardless of whether this title challenge comes to fruition, my boyhood club, who I have seen at the lowest ebb in their history have become the globe's most exciting team and ooh-ya fighter, I am loving it.
Considering the Champions League revenue the country's elite earn on an annual basis on top of their domestic pot, there's a big case to be made that English clubs should really be using their muscle to dominate European competition. To buy the best players, play the best football and sweep all before them.
Tottenham have made some smart if unspectacular moves in the transfer market so far. But there's one issue they can't afford to ignore. The big spend...
Just think - even without the pressure on the squad that comes with a European campaign (or even a Capital One Cup campaign, just in case we were in danger of forgetting that MK Dons game), United stumbled to a fourth place finish, just six points clear of a shambolic Spurs team.
On Saturday Barcelona and Juventus will battle it out for Europe's top price at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. It almost seems too good to be true. It's what some people would call 'a proper European Cup final'.
It is a catastrophic state of affairs when the conduct of the politicians of football has detracted from the beautiful game. World football is in desperate need of individuals such as Gill, Figo, Prince Ali, and Platini to take the reigns of the organisation and guide it to a culture of fairness, transparency and ethical practice. It is imperative for the sake of the sport and the principles the governing body transfer to impressionable youths that these changes are brought about in a timely manner. Cultural change of an organisation is a monumental task, but with the departure of Sepp Blatter I believe the process can now get underway.
There are clearly a lot of teams who would love to be involved and the competition would be much better if it consistently saw teams playing their strongest lineups, going full-out to win, rather than the current situation, which sees clubs regularly fielding B-teams with little regard for the result of the match.
With the quality players they have Chelsea had a good chance of beating United in a straight fight, but the players went out on the pitch prepped not to lose, rather than to try and win - the fact that they did get the three points was more a happy coincidence than anything else.
Arsenal are like that talented kid at school - the one who who has so much to offer, but is a little scared of the spotlight. He prefers to just fade into the background and while he might be a little proud of what he's done, he doesn't like the attention on him. Nor the pressure.
The root of the problem is attitude. Steven Gerrard told the Guardian that Chelsea's reaction was merely "normal". He said: "It's normal at that level. Players want to win so much, managers want to win so much, and they'll try every trick in the book." Is that not the most worrying aspect of all?
It seems to be that English sides are suffering from a lack of identity. The Premier League does not create, it imports. Until English sides start producing talent instead of hoovering it up, the poor European results will continue.
They certainly haven't lost the fight they showed in the first three months of the campaign, except for two of what can only be described as humiliating results against West Brom in the FA Cup and Crystal Palace. So, what's gone wrong?