footy musings from a (relative) newbie

No shocks here

Bayern Munich over Arsenal and Atletico Madrid beating AC Milan – though only just? Maybe my prediction skills aren’t so bad after all*

Also – I think I read the best description ever of the Champions League – from The Guardian’s Daniel Harris in the preamble to his minute-by-minute for the Atletico/Milan game:

One of the many and great horrificities peculiarities about other people is finding that the things we like about them are also the things that we don’t like. The ability to love us, for example.

And that’s your “Champions League”. On the one hand, it’s always very brilliant, not something that can be said of very much. But, on the other and in identical aspect, it’s a protectionist racket that facilitates brutal wealth, absurd nationalism, and vomitous entities. On the one hand, it brings us surprise but legitimate thrills, like Dynamo Kiev in 1998, Bayer Leverkusen in 2002 and Porto in 2004. But, on the other and in identical aspect, the aforementioned quickly pillage their most valuable assets – hell, it’s even happened to Borussia Dortmund, last season’s finalists and the club with Europe’s highest average attendance. On the one hand, there is generally a goodly selection of clubs with a goodly shot at winning at it. But, on the other and in identical aspect, the accordant prize money ringfences domestic titles, winnable only by frequent competitors.

Pretty much.

Europa League tomorrow, so I’ll be checking my GoalLIVE app regularly for score updates.

*or, the Champions League is REALLY easy to predict at this stage

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