Apres le Deluge…
It has been an eventful few weeks for us as Celtic supporters,and the number of topics available for discussion on sites like these has certainly made life easier. While the articles don’t write themselves-however it might appear to you all!-we have certainly been spoiled for choice.
Be it our continuing good form domestically as we consolidate our lead at the top of the table with games rapidly running out,all the while keeping going in The Scottish Cup,or our continuing decline on the European stage despite a creditable performance in Valencia,or the shocking behaviour exhibited by some fans of various clubs,the sectarian singing of some in particular leading to a widely-reported outburst by Stevie Clarke followed by much hand-wringing,the puzzling refusal of the police to act on these matters,or even the departure of Brendan Rodgers from the manager’s office at Celtic Park to be replaced by Neil Lennon,no-one can say life has been dull.
So it’s just my luck to have to write an article on a slow news day,innit?!!!
Maybe not entirely a slow news day,of course. There is always something happening. Spurs,for instance,must have thought they would have little chance of progressing past the Round of 16 when they were drawn against runaway Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund. Especially as they were likely to be without their two best players in Dele Alli and Harry Kane,and their league form had taken a hefty knock. Of course,they got Kane back earlier than expected-he was originally thought to be out till later this month-and he applied the coup de grace last night in the Westphalion Stadion to knock them out 4-0 on aggregate.
A surprising result? Maybe not so much,as Dortmund have been stuttering in the league lately. Only one win in the last five has allowed Bayern Munich to draw level with them,making up seven points in the last four games alone. A test of nerve to come in that neck of the woods. Meanwhile,Spurs continue in to the quarter-finals of The Champions League-despite having never won the title in my bloody lifetime!
Champions League,yer having a laugh!
Real Madrid,on the other hand,must have really fancied their chances,and who can blame them? Having held Ajax to a 2-2 draw in The Amsterdam Arena,they would have fancied themselves to finish the job at home. Winners four times in the last five years-though only champions in Spain twice in the last twelve years!-they might even have fancied their chances of doing it again. Well,they’re stuck on an unlucky 13 for a while yet,as they were steamrollered 4-1 in the Bernabeu. I wonder if anyone got the correct score up at the bookies? This is a team which has looked unbalanced for a while,and the internal squabbles and departure of Ronaldo may lead to a long decline. They have work to do,that €750m income last season may be something they don’t see again for quite some time.
Ajax,on the other hand,have an income similar to that of Celtic,and a strategy also of bringing through the youths or signing from smaller clubs to develop and sell on for a big profit. Strangely,their mouthpieces don’t tell the fans that they can’t compete in Europe or in the marketplace-no,they do what is needed on and off the pitch to make themselves competitive.
Two weeks ago,we lost in a lesser competition in Valencia. They come to the home of the perennial holders and hammer them! Someone is doing something right,and I don’t believe he is resident in Kerrydale Way.
Above article by BMCUWP. It can be your turn,just pick a subject and mail your article to Mahe on