Dear reader, I cannot help feeling that Mark Hughes didn’t really get the best out of Dusan Tadic.
The Ajax forward tore Real Madrid a new one last night as the Champions League holders crashed out of the competition that they had won three times in a row under the next Chelsea manager, Zinedine Zidane.
Sergio Ramos’ decision to get booked in the first leg so that he’d be available for the next round kinda backfired on him, something that makes Madrid’s defeat even more comical.
Thibaut Courtois, so desperate to leave one changing room full of player power for another, must be delighted with the fact that he is keeping a three-times Champions League winner on the bench and it was his proposed signing that prompted Zidane to call it a day.
Gareth Bale might have hit the woodwork but you can’t help wonder what would have happened to his career had David Moyes got his hands on the Welshman when he took over at Manchester United.
For Madrid, their season is over. And the clocks haven’t even changed yet.
Tottenham did the unthinkable last night and went to Dortmund and defended their 3-0 lead from the first leg. Not only that, they won! Not only that, they won with Harry Kane in the side for the first time since he returned from injury. And, guess what? Harry only scored the winner, didn’t he?
To be fair to Tottenham, and I rarely am, you have to remember what their Champions League world looked like after three matches of the group stages this season. The fact they are in the quarter-finals is actually quite impressive.
As is Mauricio Pochettino’s hope that they will be playing the next round in their new stadium. Poch, the only way you’d be playing your next European game back at White Hart Lane is if you’d got beaten.
Manchester United hope that they can overcome a 2-0 deficit in Paris tonight. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer doesn’t believe in ‘Mission Impossible’ and personally, I wish they’d given up after the first couple of movies too.
Solksjaer’s Molde contract has also expired meaning he is now free to take up the United job, you know, if Ed Woodward sees sense and offers it to him.
Former City kid Jadon Sancho is apparently going to be won by the victors of a tug-of-war. United and PSG might be playing tonight but they are also going into combat over the young England international and prices might go as high as £150m.
Manchester City, or more correctly, the City Group are looking to buy a club in India next. It would be completely wrong to suggest that it has anything to do with new creative ways to bend the FFP rules.