The Funny Old Game

Measured by any standards, I think it would be fair to say that the 2018-19 Premier League season has been a good one.  Possibly a great one?  Relegation and Champions League positions only settled in the penultimate week of the season, and the title itself going right to the wire and the last weekend of fixtures.  Manchester City might currently hold the advantage but, as Liverpool proved against Barcelona, football is a funny old game; anything can happen.

In fact, Liverpool’s extraordinary comeback against Barcelona in the Champions League semi-final raises the interesting prospect of the two top clubs in England potentially winning the trophy that the other club most desires.

If Manchester City win the Premier League as most people predict, it will be their fourth triumph in eight seasons.  Been there done that.  And yet, during the same period, they have not succeeded in progressing beyond the semi-final of the Champions League (losing to Real Madrid in 2015-16).

Conversely, Liverpool have not been champions of England since 1989-90 and the days of the old Football League First Division, whilst they have reigned supreme in Europe on five previous occasions, most recently in 2005 when they beat AC Milan on penalties, and they were runners-up only last year (to Real Madrid).

Many Liverpool fans would trade a Champions League success for the Premier League title; many Manchester City fans the Premier League for the Champions League.

What is it they say?  Be careful of what you wish for.

Manchester City and Liverpool.  One wish away from history.

© Donnie Blake


Donnie Blake just wishes that more people would buy his books: Artie Yard and a Very English Pickle and Artie Yard and the Bogotá Bracelet.

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