Thursday, March 15, 2012

Chelsea v Tesco In The Champions League Quarter Final

At least if Chelsea draw Tesco in the last eight of the European Champions League we are guaranteed one English club in the semi-finals. It was  especially encouraging to hear that like Chelsea a week or so ago, Tesco have just got rid of their boss after a poor run of results since Christmas.

Since breaking into the top four in spectacular fashion Tesco have become complacent and are planning a complete revamp of their ageing squad. Indeed I saw their right winger Hartlepool Branch yesterday and it was looking very tired and lethargic, and that was on a Tuesday morning, how it could cope with the full rigours of a Saturday afternoon with a huge crowd I don't know.

Personally I would like to see a final involving those two entertaining giants of Europe Barcelona and Nestle. After spending years as a slumbering giant, as were Real Madrid in the late 70s and early 80s, Nestle are back on centre stage and are once again serious contenders for European honours. Pep Guardiola could be leaving Barca at the end of the season and what a grand finale for him. It is rumoured that Chelsea could be luring Guardiola to Stamford Bridge but but don't discount him replacing Brasher as boss at Tesco.

But my money is on a late swoop by newly renamed Manchester Arsenal FC to take Guardiola to the Etihad Stadium on a salary that neither Chelsea, Tesco nor even Sainsbury could match. My spy tells me that Manchester Arsenal are planning to take every member of staff from Arsenal FC over the summer, including the tea lady, leaving Arsene Wenger to start rebuilding for a glorious new era.

OK I've made that up. But that's how I feel about English football. Two huge corporations like Chelsea v Manchester City excites me as much as reading about Tesco pipping Sainsbury in the battle for Christmas sales. It's all about money. Big deal.

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