You’re Not Trying Hard Enough, Europe.

Let joy be unconfined. It’s Manchester United against Chelsea in the European Cup final. Actually, I’m going to try to not be too down-hearted about it all. If you strip away all the hype from them (and suspend your loathing of the current owners), the fact of the matter is that there are few teams in the world that are better to watch at the moment. It would have preferable for them to have been playing Liverpool or Arsenal (both of those fixtures still have the veneer of the genuine edge of rivalry, as opposed to Sky-created, testosterone-soaked nonsense that seems to surround Manchester United vs Chelsea), but I’m starting to come around to the idea that it might not actually be that bad. In order to sustain this feeling, it might be necessary for me to not open a newspaper, switch on the radio or television, or overhear what other people say while I’m waiting for the bus to work in the morning. The biggest problem for me in upholding all of this happiness is going to be the hubris surrounding the match. We can expect many more statements in the style of the BBC’s Jonathan Pearce, who ridiculously tried to claim that over 1bn people were watching the Premier League between the two sides last weekend. The Independent yesterday argued that this is the “most important match...

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