High praise indeed from Fabio Capello, a manager who has won the competition with Milan, albeit, nearly 20 years ago now but he’s been in management long enough to know how tough a challenge it is today to win this major competition, yet he fancies our chances ahead of the other three clubs in England.
Before the first round of Champions League games, I thought Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Barcelona.
From England, I like Arsenal.
To win the Champions League as a player or as a manager is a dream. It is the most important trophy for people working in football.
I’m not entirely sure we are as well equipped as both Chelsea and Manchester City in this competition as their squads are much deeper than ours. Chelsea have the experience of winning both European majors quite recently and they have a manager who has been there and done it in Europe too. City however, have very little experience on the European stage and have a manager who hasn’t really that much to boast about managing on the big stage either. Manchester United, well they are struggling to win in England these days…..
Arsenal, well we have been playing in this competition ever since Arsene Wenger took charge which is incredible really. Arsene Wenger will no doubt be hugely disappointed that we haven’t won it yet. We had an opportunity against Barcelona and lost out. Only just mind you and with ten men. The referee that night did us no favours, well apart from the free kick from after Eboue ‘tumbled’ which led to our goal and to be honest, whenever we’ve got near to making it to another final, the referee has played a huge part in putting a stop to our progress.
The sending off of RvP a couple of seasons ago still infuriates me as I’m sure it does us all.
Tomorrow will go a long way to showing us all just where the squad/team are at this season. Napoli suggested we have improved no end on the European stage but Dortmund are a better side, with quality players all over the pitch, some who many of us would love to see at Arsenal.
On paper, it should be a cracking game of football between two proper footballing sides and off the pitch, it should be a great contest between two top footballing managers.
One of course will be in the stands, and for a change, it’s not Arsene Wenger…..
Theo Walcott has suffered a set-back, he’ll be out for another two weeks according to Arsene Wenger:
He had a setback on Thursday. He had to stop, to jog again. I don’t think we will see him against Dortmund nor Crystal Palace nor Chelsea.
He is at least two weeks away now.
That’s a great shame, but we are doing ok. It’s best that he, and any other player return only when they are fully fit…
That’s your lot for another day….