Angry Fans

OUR football correspondent LIAM MACKEY is back in top form and full of energy.

He casts his eye over your comments and gives his own critical analysis of the goings on throughout the world of football. You may agrewith him or then again you may not.

This week Champions League becoming predictable and so boring; Giles and co are wrong in their criticisms; Mike Ashley’s waste of money; Stupid question, stupid reporter; Pool have major problems; I’ll be happy when Droga retires; Adebayor £25,000 wasn’t enough; A suggestion for the FA over celebrations; Will Fabregas stay at Arsenal; Fergie’s rank at Wiley; Richardson’t sending off was laughable.

The Letter of the Week goes to Mick Kennedy, Clare. Get in touch with your postal address and our magnificent prize will be winging its way to you.

ANOTHER Champions League, another big letdown. I sat at home watching last week’s fare in complete dismay.

I’ve come to the firm conclusion that money has ruined the game. Let’s take a look at the finalists of the previous year — Barcelona . . . didn’t get out of a hack to beat the Ukrainian champions and the Italian champions had 10 behind the ball for fear of defeat.

Man U — again, like Barcelona, didn’t break a sweat to beat Besiktas, and then faced the German champions and beat them without ever being on their game.

So the German and Italian champions are miles off the standard required.

I dismay at the same usual teams year in year out that the Champions League has come to produce. More money for the top teams — thus more of the same teams.

I long for the a team like that of Ajax in the 90s to come along again…a team full of academy/youth players and the odd legend like Rijkaard and Litmanen. The team comprised of a multitude of Dutch internationals…van der Sar, Reiziger, Bogarde, Blind, the de Boer twins, Seedorf, Davids, Overmars, Kluivert and also had the likes of Kanu, George and Musampa.

All I can see for the foreseeable future is Spanish and English teams dominating a tournament that’s supposed to bring together the best throughout Europe. Boring and predictable this competition has become.

Kieran Browne, Cork, by email

OUR SHOUT: Barca might not have broken sweat last week but can anyone seriously accuse them of being boring and predictable. Ditto Real Madrid. Ditto Arsenal. Anyway, football being a game of opinions, here's another one.

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