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.