Toward the end of his book Inverting the Pyramid, Jonathan Wilson writes about the changing nature of modern football. A player he brings up to emphasize this is Michael Owen. To Wilson, Owen is a relic of a previous era.
I was traveling the past week, and did not have time to post every Big Lead article. Here are my posts from last week.
UEFA will fine both Arsenal and Manchester United £5,000 respectively for fan incidents during last years Champions League semifinals. An Arsenal fan hit Nemanja Vidic with a plastic bottle. A Manchester United supporter hurled a smoke bomb onto the pitch. The actions were potentially serious. The fines are not.
UEFA functions like all bureaucracies. It continues actions without a hint of rational analysis, solely because it was policy beforehand. Has no one questioned the purpose of these penalties?
Sir Alex Ferguson has a practical take on morality. Anything benefitting Manchester United is right. Anything hindering Manchester United is wrong. With Manchester City and Real Madrid suddenly able to outbid Manchester United for players. It should surprise no one that the grizzled Scot spoke out for the little man…. (continued)
Who Pooped on Pele’s Cornflakes: Pele trashes rivals and countrymen alike. Manchester United are in freefall. Steven Gerrard’s assault charges were dropped. Are Newcastle too good to go down?
The Champions League draw was Friday. Here are some quick thoughts on the matchups.
Villarreal vs. Arsenal: Arsenal will feel lucky to draw one of the two easiest quarterfinal clubs. The Gunners are reloading. Villarreal don’t have the firepower or the depth to cope.
Manchester United vs. Porto: Liverpool’s gobsmacking victory at Old Trafford erased any complacency. United got the easiest draw. Straight through to the semi-finals.
Liverpool vs. Chelsea: This matchup will be a forceful, physical test that is an assault to the eyes. In 180 minutes of football, there may be one flowing move on the ground. Our only solace is one of these two teams getting eliminated.
Barcelona vs. Bayern Munich: This pairing will set the pulse racing. Both teams can score five and both can allow five. Barcelona are still better, but expect fireworks.