The Games the Winner
We seen a big winner of the last few days . Football .
At last attacking football is dominating the upper echelons again , after you know who lead the way . What we seen over the last couple nights was again the triumph of pure beautiful attacking inventive football.
Im thinking we all probably thought we knew who was going to be contesting the upcoming semi finals of Europe , or at least the main cast .
The game actually did show a bit of beauty over the last few nights and was anything but predictable. We should all be delighted when this happens , and that the big boys play thing teams are dumped out on their arse at the same time just makes it even sweeter.
So the final four,,
One would give anything to win the league never mind this cup , but could infact go down in immortality by doing both . An ex Celt the cornerstone and an ex season ticket holder wingback.
Another has done an incredible double this year , not trophies though. The have two main distinctions , the first of being the only team in Europe’s top leagues to not bring in a single player in the summer ,, and they also opened the best stadium in Europe by all accounts. These are clearly linked.
The third of this list is playing probably the best football in Europe right now but already show signs that this is a breaking up hurrah with a couple already promised to others next term,, a perennial problem of theirs but that has not deterred them from a famous double giant killing already.
And finally our fourth team are the most famous of our quartet though rely heavily on three or four ageing players but they possess the experience and the competitions remaining jewel in the crown .
In both semi finals a former Hoop will be present with Victor getting a surprise yet calculated starting berth last night to help double anchor midfield in what was the game of the quarters by a mile. It had it all , and we were given a glimpse of the future when Var correctly ( how can it be otherwise ) had a goal chalked off that would have got Pep off the hook bigtime.
Last night Var officially received my backing and not just because the team I wanted went through but because the game won and the bad decision was corrected .
Any footie fan should be delighted its coming as far as Im concerned .
It was the difference maker.
Speaking of difference makers there were a few on show in the quarters and they have been whittled down again.
My boy CR7 was brought to Juve solely for one thing , to make the difference and convert the finals they get to into silverware as he has the Midas touch of doing .
It failed , and although I like him again we should be happy you cant just buy the difference like that.
Virgil was selected by the Pool as the man to cure their defensive woes long term and tbh he has exceeded all expectations . The mainstream media simply gush praise all over him and last week seen the stat he has not been dribbled past in Liverpool’s colours which speaks for itself. He has been , and is , and will continue to be a real difference maker.
I also wouldn’t put it past a wee sneaky winners clause couple quid winging its way up north if he does lift the big Cup.
However clearly the smartest cookie in the room ( you can bet he thinks he is and for good reason ) is probably Daniel Levy the Spurs Ceo this morning.
He has one of the hottest management properties around on a long term deal ( and he will be in the frame now for the biggest jobs have no doubt ) ,, a stadium that’s the envy of the game ,, a young team that’s challenging for the biggest honours in the game,, and he didn’t spend a penny.
I tip my hat Sir , I truly do.
I wish them well and thought their play was fantastic. They certainly didn’t care about reputation and thats very necessary at that level. That they will be without their Korean Song is a big bitter blow but I wouldn’t write them off.
All football fans can rejoice in the fact that we are not just witnessing the usual suspects go out not to get beat but we should witness attacking feasts judging by what has been on show.
The Egyptian Messi will come up against the real Messi in the pick of the two games.
With Barca strolling the league and able to rest Leo while the Pool give every single inch for the cause and wanting a league title more the Catalans will be favourites having also been there before a few times. Surely Leo will fancy this one.
Spurs will miss their strikers terribly but have the man with the plan , and will play with cajones as they never seen themselves there anyways.
Likewise their opponents would never have envisaged going soo deep in the competition ,, and will more than likely target their home game as the one to get the advantage to bring to London , and away is for the counter attack to kill them off. I would be crapping it playing them ,, an unknown quantity that has nothing to lose and everything to gain is not to be trifled with !
Some notables ,, I clearly spotted an Israel flag amongst the Spurs fans and thought to myself I know you have reasons for flying that but I wonder if its allowed and will they get a wee fine for it?
Another thought that sprung to mind was the horrible Amsterdam police will have the English media gaze on them and at the same time many boisterous Londoners.
I wonder how they will handle the upcoming home tie and will everything go accordingly.
And finally Pep.
Pep,,, I will say right now I never have liked him and probably never will . It wasn’t even 90 seconds on the clock last night and the camera showed him complaining ffs. He looks stressed so no wonder his team is out. He was brought in for one specific reason ,, the same reason Bayern brought him in . Its not to win leagues, both were already doing that .
Its quite simply to win the big cup that the Qataris think would put City on the map.
Im effing delighted its failed ( just like Bayern ) and we all should be.
Hopefully the big lesson that you cant ultimately buy success at the top level isnt lost on some.
I’ll just sit back and enjoy the show. It should be good.