Friday, December 18, 2009

Champions League Draw:
Of Consipiracies and History

Ain't it curious that Jose Mourinho always seems to get an interesting pairing in the Champions League? Ain't the Champions League draw always curious?

I mean, I ain't into no conspiracy theories here (although I do have a crush on Secret Agent Dana Scully), but it does seem that Mourinho and his big mouth and his flamboyant coaching style and his good teams always do seem to hit at least an interesting story line in the Champions League.

Let's look at past history (cue the X-Files theme)

  • 2008-2009 -- Inter v. Chelsea (Jose v. Ancellotti)
  • 2006-2007 -- Chelsea v Barcelona (group stage after knockout matchup year previous)
  • 2006-2007 -- Chelsea v Porto (knockout)
  • 2005-2006 -- Chelsea v Barcelona (knockout)
  • 2004-2005 -- Chelsea v Porto (group stage, year after leaving Porto as defending champion)

Since winning the European title with Porto in '04 and moving from Portugal to the Premiership, Mourinho has slammed headfirst into old ghosts and monster draws. Not that he can't handle it (wait a minute, his teams haven't gotten out of the knockout round for three years now), he has twice gone to the semifinals since winning it, but it seems curiouser and curiouser that lot if life ol' Jose gets.

Not that I'm sayin' anyone is out to get him. I mean, look at ol' David Beckham. No sooner does Becks hint that he's going to back to Milano for another stint with A.C., do the football gods pair him up against his old boss and his old club Manchester United. What a co-inky-dink.

Man, we're so lucky that the balls just happened to fall this way and that the draw ended up the way it did. What a hoot.

I mean how lucky are we from an outsider's point of view to have been granted our biggest Christmas football wishes. I mean Mourinho and Ancelotti, the new Chelsea boss, hate each other! How cool that they'll be up against each other in the knockout round. Imagine!

And Beckham. Back to Old Traffod. Super Cool! And here I was slamming the Champions League for being boring and uninteresting. Shame on me!

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