Clued in to the clueless. That seems a neat summing up of Inter and AS RomaÃ¢ÂÂs first foray into the Champions League or Ã¢ÂÂthe ChampionsÃ¢ÂÂ as the Italians call it.Well, certainly the two sides were a league apart in terms of their approach to their European jaunts.While Inter were organised, neat on the ball and tireless in closing down Panathinaikos, Roma were, well, the complete opposite in their shocking home defeat to Cluj.The Romanian champions arrived at the Olympic stadium in what was their debut in the competition, under the management of an Italian, Maurizio Trombetta, took one look at the rag-tag opposition and proceeded to play them off the park.
The Manchester Evening News did a feature on Mad For It last Thursday.I had a straightforward chat with a good journalist about the book and rivalries. A local angle was put in the piece, the emphasis on the future of the Manchester derby given CityÃ¢ÂÂs new owners.
When Michael Laudrup first arrived at Getafe last year, the macho men of the Spanish media were very much with the man-crush, bewitched by his winning smile, perfect teeth and luxuriant, soft hair. Except the lie-detecting La Liga Loca, of course, who saw through his skulduggery, sorcery and easy-going, relaxed manner straight away. Oh yes. It turns out that Laudrup was an evildoer of the worst kind with a broken, shard-ridden lump of granite where his heart should have been. The dastardly Dane has just performed a triple whammy of sleights against the good people of Getafe.