On any other day Fiorentina would have headed home satisfied with a 2-1 defeat at the Alliance Arena. However, Miroslav KloseÃ¢ÂÂs winner for Bayern Munich was so blatantly offside that the ViolaÃ¢ÂÂs confidence could well be shaken to the core even more.
After running down the blamestorming tick list of referees, a grand Spanish FA conspiracy, UEFA, Barcelona, the Anglo-Saxon media and referees again, the Madridista press had to resort to old-fashioned means to excuse Tuesday nightÃ¢ÂÂs loss at Lyon - and thatÃ¢ÂÂs the side being completely pants.
The longer I study mathematics, number crunching, statistics and their application to the game of football, the more deeply convinced I become that their use simply introduces a higher level of nonsense into punditry.
Despite an ungodly injury crisis that threatened to derail their season and at times left David Moyes with as many as 10 first team players unavailable, Everton were able to finish in second place in Europa League Group I.