It must suck slightly to be Sir Alex Ferguson right now. Firstly you get still get broadsides from a whole host of different angles for the way you have frozen out certain players in the past. Now that Fergie has been shown as someone that does have an emotional bone in his body the man seems broken. He’s come back from a lot before but the press conference yesterday I can honestly say is the first time I’ve ever really felt sorry for the bloke.
Maybe it’s all down to having a less than alright opinion of Wayne Rooney. Who knows? You genuinely look at the whole situation and think of Rooney as the a-hole and Fergie as the good person. Of course, it doesn’t help the whole situation that there’s a Champions League fixture tonight against the Turkish might of Bursaspor.
Tonight’s program on Sky Sports Mega HD1003D will like last night again be dominated by talk of the England striker’s impending move across Manchester. The fact that there’s football on is a huge aside. We’re not neglecting the football that will be on show though. Sky may want to ignore it all but there are some mouth watering fixtures taking place tonight, none more so than the match ITV have managed to get screening rights to; Internazionale vs Tottenham Hotspur.
The fact that the tie is on ITV may be the reason why Sky neglect to mention it at all until after 9:30 (when they can show the highlights) it should be the more interesting of the evening’s ties. During his time on Merseyside Roflol Benitez never had the best of times against Spurs, however, Inter are a completely different proposition.
Samuel Eto’o exudes the kind of goalscoring class that Fernando Torres once had but lost during his sex-change operation this summer. It would take ten Glen Johnson’s to make even half a Maicon. They do have Rafael van der Vaart who’s comparable to Wesley Sneijder. Bad news is he’s suspended for this tie. Tonight’s key battle will likely be down Maicon’s flank as he faces Tottenham’s most consistent performer this season Gareth Bale. If Bale fails in playing well, he should just make faces at Maicon. He looks very chimpanzee like already so it shouldn’t be hard to put him off.
Unlike last night, there are actually some ties worth giving more than a passing look at. Aside from the likely demolition job Manchester United will put into action at home to Bursaspor the other tie in the group could be very interesting. Valencia travel to face Rangers in Glasgow where usually they would be an odds-on winner. The reigning Scottish champions, however, are quite the formidable outfit at home. If nothing, expect goals – what with Rangers persisting with an actual OAP at centre-half.
On the continent, there’s plenty to look forward to. French Champions League stalwarts Olympique Lyonnais welcome Portugeezers Benfica in what I’m dubbing the “group of life.” This is thanks to it containing four distinctly averages sides, Schalke and Hapoel Tel Aviv the other two sides in the group. Benfica lost last time out in Germany and a loss here could derail their hopes ever further. On the other hand Lyon are out in front with six points and can pretty much secure qualification with a win.
If you fancy a couple of hours kip in front of the telly box the other group B game involving Schalke and Hapoel Tel Aviv is where you should position yourself. Turn goal alerts off etc, get the hot cocoa, and catch some sweet z’s.
All this will be before the post-match Rooneython begins with inevitable questioning of Sir Alex. Then, instead of releasing a tirade against the assembled media, just cries into his 30-year-old hanky before entering the dressing room.