Reds, Real, Rubin & rubbish
MATCHDAY FOUR FIXTURES Tuesday Nov 3: APOEL v Porto , AtlÃÂ©tico Madrid v Chelsea , Bayern MÃÂ¼nchen v Bordeaux , Besiktas v VfL Wolfsburg , Maccabi Haifa v Juventus , Manchester United v CSKA Moskva , AC Milan v Real Madrid , Olympique Marseille v ZÃÂ¼rich Wednesday Nov 4: Arsenal v AZ , Dynamo Kyiv v Inter Milan ,Fiorentina v Debreceni VSC , Olympique Lyon v Liverpool , Rubin Kazan v Barcelona , Sevilla v VfB Stuttgart , Standard LiÃÂ¨ge v Olympiakos Piraeus , Unirea Urziceni v Rangers
This weeksÃ¢ÂÂs UEFA Champions League action Ã¢ÂÂ as seen by the papers, some remote parts of the interweb, and Duran Duran...
Reds not dead
As Liverpool fans fly to Lyon for what the media is dubbing a Ã¢ÂÂmust winÃ¢ÂÂ game Ã¢ÂÂ technically, as weÃ¢ÂÂll see later, itÃ¢ÂÂs a Ã¢ÂÂmust drawÃ¢ÂÂ Ã¢ÂÂ the only crumbs of comfort offered them by the media are the news that Pepe Reina is to sign a new contract and a thoughtful piece by Matt Dickinson in The Times pointing out the idiocy of replacing Rafa Benitez at this point.
I have heard no clamour, not even a whisper, for the return of King Kenny among Liverpool fans as Dickinson suggests.
But he makes a persuasive case against such a sentimental move.
Even Matt cannot resist damning Rafa with faint praise, acknowledging his Ã¢ÂÂmaddening bloody-mindednessÃ¢ÂÂ and Ã¢ÂÂduff dealsÃ¢ÂÂ.
Yes, Rafa has made some Ã¢ÂÂduff dealsÃ¢ÂÂ but he has also signed Reina, Xabi Alonso, Fernando Torres, Glen Johnson and Javier Mascherano.
As for his