In theory if you were born in these British Isles then you must give Tottenham and Liverpool your full support over the next two nights in The Champions League.
That is all well and good as long as the opponents are the Germans or the French. Or the Russians or even the Italians for that matter…..
But tonight and tomorrow it is Ajax and Barcelona and I have never met anyone who has a bad word to say about either club.
Barcelona consistently maintain a winning and entertaining brand of football and most Brits could name the team’s starting line-up. With Lionel Messi always being the first name on the list.
At the age of 31 the little maestro is still running rings around every other team in La Liga and most in Europe. He has scored 47 goals this season in all competitions and shows no signs of slowing down despite what the critics may say about the “aging” Argentinian.
Sometimes the moves he makes defy logic and defenders have no answer to his skills as they are found again and again trailing in his wake as he heads goal-ward .
Virgil van Dijk, the PFA player of the year, has the unenviable job of trying to keep Messi under control but he will find a way through. He always does.
Liverpool have their work cut out and this may well be a heart-breaking time for Jurgen Klopp and his team look set to miss out on the Premiership title. With Man City a game in hand and only two points behind them it could be another season of so near but so far. And that is in both competitions.
As for Ajax, any of us who have enough years on the clock to remember the Cruyff era at the Dutch club can have nothing but praise for them. Some memorable names have been developed at the club and just like Barcelona they have been a hugely entertaining team to watch.
They are largely a selling club and see so many of the players they developed go abroad for the big bucks so it is a joy to see the current side doing so well.
Four-time European champions – they gave the world Johan Cruyff, Patrick Kluivert, Marco van Basten and Dennis Bergkamp and have gone from the 2017 ignominy of failing to qualify for a Uefa competition to a place in the Champions League semi-finals.
You can only wish them the best before the squad is inevitably broken-up.
Barcelona and Ajax are both wonderful clubs and this punter will be supporting them in both ties. There I said it!
The bookies make it 2/1 that they make it to the final. Mot much of a price but it is favourite.
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