Who cares about the Champions League anyway? We have the battle for next seasonÃ¢ÂÂs Champions League to care about! And, uh, the Europa League - but we donÃ¢ÂÂt talk about that any more in dear old Blighty - it's beneath us, isn't it...?
The final whistle blows at the City Ground. Nottingham ForestÃ¢ÂÂs players trudge off the field, dejected after another winless fixture which takes the tally up to six. Yet again they have dominated possession and goalscoring opportunities, but once more have come away without the three points.
Valeriy Lobanovskiy was a man with the Midas touch. Ã¢ÂÂGolden generationÃ¢ÂÂ is a term bandied about all too freely these days, but the pioneering coach was able to forge great sides during each of his three spells in charge of Dynamo Kyiv between 1973 and 2002.
Burly Russian chaps administering a kicking, guns and blackmail; it all sounds very 007 and definitely not goings-on youÃ¢ÂÂd expect at a football club, but things look like they could get very ugly for Dan Petrescu and chums at Kuban Krasnodar in the not-too-distant future.
ThereÃ¢ÂÂs a whiff of something stinky in the air in Madrid - and this time itÃ¢ÂÂs not the illegally high levels of air pollution in the atmosphere. Well, it is but there is something more. ItÃ¢ÂÂs the dank whiff caused of millions of fluttery tummies, with Real Madrid just hours away from kicking-off against Lyon in the last-16 Champions League - the exact stage at which the club has suffered from Ã¢ÂÂperformance issuesÃ¢ÂÂ over the last six seasons.