Champions League Final Preview
Tonight see’s the Battle of Britain take place in Madrid with a German and an Argentine leading out the teams.
This one has a continental feeling to it no doubt .
Dwellers of the Spanish capital may well find it strange to see others getting feted when they have their own superstar team on their doorstep but that’s their problem.
Let’s hope they don’t face any serious issues though and Im delighted to say that at the time of writing there are zero reports of any disturbances around that city by the travelling fans.
It’s a good omen on a usually lively Friday evening when travelling groups tend to let loose at the start of the weekend.
Hopefully Madrid is left with happy memories and extra income only.
Would reflect very well on that nation if it happens. Many wont have like trading for Euro’s either but ah well.
I follow the Champs league most years and have watched the progress of both sides.
The semi finals are already things of lore that grandkids are being rocked asleep to .
Barca simply don’t get beaten 4 zip . Not with HIM in the team and not with the returning Suarez, your former gladiator who likes to spoil parties by creating his own.
To go through in such a fashion would surely make the Liverpool players believe it’s their year.
Likewise though Spurs had their own miracle against the Dutch giants and live to fight another day , so they also will take much in the fact they came this far and snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.
This augers for a good game in my humble opinion.
Liverpool lost the league by a single point. Very hard to take however as someone who has watched their own team lose a league on goal difference which is an even finer margin Im certainly not upset . Preferred them to win , sure.
2003 should have taught us all the game can be cruel ,, but good Lord what times that team gave me that never to be forgotten year.
Liverpool are rightly feared and yet their gameplan is very simple actually ,, press collectively at the correct moment and if you gain possession break at speed with numbers and purpose. It needs intelligence and stamina plus pace throughout the team. Its deadly when honed down to an art , and that’s exactly what they have done on Merseyside.
No matter what happens today though this team will grow more together and last a few years at least, and Jurgen probably aint going anywhere.
They are in the middle of their project.
Tottenham Hotspur on the other hand may well face big transition , should they see unfancied victory tonight .
With at least two other teams having stronger squads and looking unassailable over the course of an entire campaign , realistically the best he could actually do is win the big cup.
And he has admitted himself he will be faced with a huge decision and might walk if his troops are victorious. He’s correct,,its either down or out if you hit your ceiling .
And with other better resourced clubs out there loving the work he has done , a win cements him as top tier .
His team play purposeful probing footie and like to team up in an area to create a numerical advantage and use that advantage quickly . Erikson makes them tick , and they have some very good strikers all of whom can do serious damage.
Speaking of strikers Harry Kane is a huge gamble and I hope he is more professional than to just “ give it his best “ and end up withdrawn early disrupting a game plan and forcing a precious substitution to be used.
If he starts and fails the blame should lay with the coaching staff , and a little bit with the Brit mentality .
Overall with no skin in the game we should all just sit back and enjoy the spectacle.
Two attacking teams either provide a cracker going back and forth ,,, or its a cagey affair with both attempting to stop the others counter and no gung ho whatsoever. Lets hope its the former.
Jurgen claims this is his best ever side and he will surely fancy winning his first big final , and his players are probably desperate to do it for him.
Those looking to favour one or the other might be swayed by the Celtic connection in red in the form of ex rock at the back Virgil and ex season ticket holder Andy Robertson .
There’s talk one of the Spanish giants will smash the world transfer record for Virgil but next summer. Don’t discount him becoming the first quarter billion player .
Oh for a sell on clause on that .
So tonight will see either the North London club having their first star ( welcome to the club and this must suck for the kit retailers who can’t flog a design without knowing )
Or the Scouser’s raising their sixth Big Cup.
Speaking of Scouser’s one of our own knows a bit more than average about them.
Yes Big Packy went and married one and all !
The good man himself took time out to share some thoughts from his divided household.
Here’s what he had to say,,,
“ As many of you know my wife is a Scouser and Liverpool fan as are most of her family, but what you did not know is I have a cousin Jim who hails from Bethnal Green in London and is a massive Spurs fan.
How did he end up in London ?
He was born there.
Here is the story. His father my uncle Walter met my auntie Anne my dad’s sister in the late forties early fifties now my auntie Anne being from Croy ( a devout Catholic you had to be coming from Croy ) .
Anyway Walter was from Kilsyth, and if you knew that neck of the woods then Kilsyth was the Protestant village.
Now when she told my grandmother she was seeing a guy from Kilsyth she hit the roof, my grandmother was a staunch Catholic and believed that you marry one of your own kind.
Anyway they eloped down to London and got married in the registry office and when their children came along Walter said to my aunt Anne the first child that comes along boy or girl can be brought up in your faith.
If we have a second child i want him or her brought up in my faith.
So as it happened they had a baby girl called Carol and a son called JIm.
Carol was brought up Catholic and Jim in the Protestant faith .
By the way as well as being a red hot Tottenham fan he also had more than a soft spot for our friends from Govan, remember him inviting me down to his house in the stockbroker belt of Surrey , he had done well for himself, no going down any pits for him.
He was in the banking business, wow what a house, pictures of Spurs stars covered his walls he had a box at Tottenham.
One of his friends was Gary Mabutt and there was a pIcture on the wall of him, Gary Mabutt and Alan Brazil !
So who do I support in the final ?
As a footnote eventually my grandmother came round and for years she travelled down to London sometimes staying a month sometimes 6 weeks she would get the train from Croy station to Euston and my uncle Walter would pick her up she thought the world of him! “
Many thanks big Packy and that shows where there’s a will there’s a way. Great compromising also to be honest. Don’t support just enjoy is my advice.
Enjoy the game everyone no matter where on the planet you watch it .
My prediction is Mane to score and Liverpool win.
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