European Football – A blessing and a curse
As I am writing this, Liverpool have just secured themselves Champions League football while Manchester United have just been guaranteed not to have Champions League football for next season. As for The Arsenal, well, we are stuck somewhere in the middle, again.
Three different teams. Three different schedules. Three different fortunes.
ManUre – Yes, new management team struggling in their first season PF (post Ferguson), made the last eight of the Champions League, never mounted a serious challenge for Premier League title, languishing in 7th and likely to stay there (and not qualify for any European football next season).
The Arsenal – As is customary, when February comes, we were in the last 16 of the Champions League and challenging for the title. When March is over, we were out of the Champions League and out of the title race.
Liverpool – No European football at all and apart from a blip at the turn of the year, have been there or thereabouts all season and now it’s their title to lose.
I’m in no way saying that I don’t want Champions League football, far from it.
Is it just that, unless you are willing to invest an inordinate amount of cash, a la €it¥ and the Chavs, and have a depth of squad to cope with two games a week (and the inevitable injuries), does the midweek ‘inconvenience’ of Champions League football, now stop you mounting a serious and sustained challenge for the Premier League?
TheSundayMorningGooner: it’s just a thought!