Is there any football on today?
Champions League, but you knew that already. You don’t even need me, do you?
Anyway, there’s an early fixture which means your entire afternoon could be occupied. Manchester City is visiting CSKA Moscow at 12:00 PM EST in what might not be a bad game.
After that it’s a little lighter fare than yesterday. The big one of course will be Real Madrid vs Juventus at 2:45 PM EST (all subsequent games kick off then). There’s also Man United hosting Real Sociedad, which will be interesting if you’re into the Moyes thing.
Other than that, your best bet is probably Bayer Leverkusen vs Shakhtar Donetsk. I don’t know what to tell you. All the results from yesterday are here, by the way.
What’s the big story?
Well it’s kind of a tossup. There’s the fallout from Alex Ferguson’s book which consists of two things. The first, Roy Keane’s angry but reasonable response to Ferguson’s fairly nasty remarks about his anger, his beady eyes, his big talk etc.
Other former United players are criticised in the book, among them Owen Hargreaves and David Beckham. Keane told ITV on Tuesday night: “I think I do remember having a conversation with the manager when I was at the club about loyalty. In my opinion I don’t think he knows the meaning of the word.
“It doesn’t bother me too much what he has to say about me but to constantly criticise other players at the club who brought him a lot of success, I find very, very strange … I just don’t think the manager needs to do that.
Keane goes on to reiterate this point. The players won the trophies after all, and it’s a sad fact of modern life that managers must now write books criticising former players. It’s what sells.
Ferguson however got his commupence a little though in an interview with Channel 4. And that’s the second thing.
The other story was Wenger being upset with Arsenal losing to Dortmund last night from a late goal, but come on man, this goal wasn’t just due to naivete…
Any other news?
Hmm. Manuel Pellegrini is already bitching about the pitch at the Arena Khimkipitch ahead of Man City’s visit to play CSKA Moscow, which is ‘sandy.’
And the outgoing chairman of the PFA Clarke Carlisle in England criticized the Dyke Commission to reform English football as “fundamentally flawed” because it features an “elite” panel.
Seems a bit light today, eh? Any good things?
Via 101ggs, Diego Costa continues to just sweat goals out of every pour for Atletico Madrid, this time scoring against Austria Wien:
Any good reads?
The Guardian’s Daniel Harris tries his hand at explaining the David Moyes thing, and it’s quite frankly devastating. Liked this paragraph:
By no measure is the current United squad one of the club’s finest, but the fact remains that it secured last season’s title before the end of April and contains a goodly number of players still improving. Consequently, Moyes’s lack of respect for its credentials served only to suggest his own shortcomings, because ultimately, there are only three differences between this season’s United and last: a player signed by David Moyes, men employed by David Moyes and David Moyes.