Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Fixture Congestion and CL

I've just seen Sir Alex Ferguson complain that it's harder to win the Champions League because of Premier League fixture congestion. A funny complaint to make, when the current Champions are of course also English.

I'll admit, Liverpool did suffer in both League and FA Cup as a result of not being strong enough to compete on four fronts, but their success clearly demonstrates European progress is possible - it's just a matter of priority. SAF has never treated either domestic cup as a priority, so shouldn't worry about those (even if - like the last two seasons - they may be his best chance of silverwear). The problem last season was fielding a weakened side in the group stage once they'd qualified, thus finishing second and facing AC Milan in the first knockout round.

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