Does it matter if you finish top or second in your Champions League group? Sir Alex Ferguson, whose Manchester United team topped their group, thinks so ("You hope you do finish top. There are certain teams there [that you want to avoid]"), while Arsene Wenger of runners-up Arsenal says "we play the second game away, but that is not statistically proven to be such a disadvantage ". But whatever the managers may say, you can prove that it does matter by crunching the numbers.
Well, thatÃ¢ÂÂs certainly one way to get out of a pickle. On Wednesday, LLL brought you the news that Marca in a bit of a sulk had a completely different opinion on when Leo Messi would beat Gerd MÃÂ¼llerÃ¢ÂÂs 85 goals in a calendar year record. According to the Madrid-based paper, the ArgentineanÃ¢ÂÂs first against Athletic Bilbao was in fact an own-goal, despite the refereeÃ¢ÂÂs report stating otherwise.
ValenciaÃ¢ÂÂs journey to Lille for Wednesday's Champions League clash probably wasnÃ¢ÂÂt a fun affair for the players. La Liga Loca imagines that their monosyllabic midfielders will have had the volume on their over-sized headphones cranked up to 11, as they gazed glumly at mobile phones wondering whether or not to send that fine-tempting Tweet or hassle their agents for the fifth time that morning.
FourFourTwo has been granted unprecedented access to one of the world's biggest and most famous football clubs Ã¢ÂÂ Arsenal. We sent journalist and broadcaster Sam Delaney to have a snoop around at the North London club to find out what makes the Gunners tick, and his findings are in the new issue of FourFourTwo - out now. Here, Sam describes his month peeking behind the curtain at the Emirates Stadium...
The January 2013 issue of FourFourTwo is here - and itÃ¢ÂÂs one youÃ¢ÂÂve been waiting for. FFT reveals the 100 best players on the planet, while we also meet the men who matter at Arsenal as they reveal their masterplan for success at home and in EuropeÃ¢ÂÂ¦