Lucio is the only central defender available to Jose Mourinho this weekend Ã¢ÂÂ but by the way the Brazilian took on the Chelsea front line and anyone else who ventured near InterÃ¢ÂÂs penalty area, he can perform the job alone at Udinese.
If SpainÃ¢ÂÂs leading sports dailies were to remove their noses from Cristiano RonaldoÃ¢ÂÂs groin for just the briefest of moments - especially in the case of Marca, WednesdayÃ¢ÂÂs edition boasting a disturbing upskirt shot of the forward posing in his skimpies - then they'd notice that most of the country's teams are walking the tightrope of doom in Europe.
Manchester UnitedÃ¢ÂÂs victory may have brightened the outlook of the travelling fans in Milan last week, but the weather was atrocious in Milan. To avoid another soaking, I headed to the airport early hoping to get some work done and speak to Andrew Cole for his weekly column.
In case you hadnÃ¢ÂÂt noticed, Chelsea meet an old friend tonight. EnglandÃ¢ÂÂs football media is so delighted to have an excuse to glory in Jose Mourinho that even the normally acerbic Martin Samuel has felt obliged to remind his readers why the Portuguese coach is the special one.
A wise proverb says that the year in Brazil only starts after Carnival. So anything in January or early February isnÃ¢ÂÂt so important that it canÃ¢ÂÂt wait after Ash Wednesday Ã¢ÂÂ or better still, the following week.
Cunning old goat that he is, Pep Guardiola has lowered expectations to such an extent that a Jens Lehmann hat-trick in a 3-0 defeat against Stuttgart on Tuesday would be a fine result for his Dream Boys.