Any football on today?
Did you even need to ask? All the games here. Ye old blockbuster will almost certainly be Man City against Bayern Munich, Pellegrini and Guardiola chewing up the centre of the pitch I’m sure. No three man defenses here.
The rest is…well. Yeah. Shakhtar Donetsk vs Man United has the barest of threads hanging it together as an interesting fixture worthy of your valuable time. PSG Benfica…has Zlatan in it? I’m sure you can find good reasons to watch what you need to watch.
And in case you missed yesterday, here you are.
What’s the big story today?
Oddly enough, it’s 10 years old. I mean literally, it’s old news. Nevertheless last night, Alex Ferguson admitted to Charlie Rose that Roman Abramovich attempted to lure him to Chelsea when the Russian oil man first bought Chelsea in 2003:
‘They used an agent to approach me when Abramovich first took over the club,’ he said. ‘And I said no chance.’
At the very least, it underlines the maniacal hubris of Abramovich (“Hey old Scottish man, do what you did with United but for my club. Please wake me when you have won ALL the trophies”). In the interview, Ferguson also backed David Moyes resoundingly as his replacement, ticking that rather glaring box ahead of his book tour, and that yes, he will never manage again. You’ve basically seen it now.
Any other news?
Fernando Torres ripped up his knee ligaments half a minute into Chelsea’s 0-4 win against Steaua Bucharest in the Champions League last night. He’ll likely be out for six weeks, in addition to his three match ban for cat scratching Vertonghen’s beautiful man face.
And some 30 Napoli supporters attacked a London restaurant packed with Arsenal supporters, sending one person to hospital. The shop owner described what happened:
“We have had Napoli fans inside all day today, they have been having a good time and not bothering anybody at all. They have been no problem.
“Then we had a minority of them come in, being violent, picking up chairs and tables.
“There were three girls sat near me and these thugs just came in and grabbed the chairs from under the girls.
“It was completely unprovoked, I think they just picked us at random because they saw a busy restaurant and they wanted to fight someone – anyone.”
Greenpeace protested against Gazprom during Schalke’s match with Basel last night:
Et, enfin: DC United beat Real Salt Lake to win the US Open Cup. You might remember DCU for being the worst team in MLS, which, when you consider their competition in LA and Toronto, is some feat.
Alright, enough of this. Give me what I cam for…
DORTMUND COUNTER AND DESTROY MARSEILLE:
Also, Celtic’s Scott Brown got sent off for doing this to Neymar last night. Posted with no comment:
Any interesting reads?
The last time Manchester City met Bayern in the Champions League, it was an unmitigated disaster. Jamie Jackson takes us back:
Carlos Tevez’s forgettable night at Bayern Munich two years ago did not just feature his reluctance to warm up on the Allianz Arena touchline. Roberto Mancini’s fury at the striker during Manchester City’s Champions League encounter with the Bundesliga club was preceded by the manager’s contretemps with Edin Dzeko. The Italian would also have to admit that his accusation that Pablo Zabaleta had offered vocal support of Tevez was wrong.
While all this offered a glimpse of the man-management problems that would ultimately contribute to Mancini losing his job, materially there was a 2-0 loss to Bayern that provided an augury of the club’s travails against the continent’s aristocrats: this would have City failing to progress from the competition’s group stages in both that season and the last one.
And BelgoFoot with a bumper crop of future Belgian prodigies is worth your time too.