Champions League Tuesday: Five conclusions


19th, September 2007


1 Marseille’s European home kit (see photo, above) is horrific. On the positive side, Djibril Cisse, who scored in the French side’s win over Besiktas, is looking good… until he next snaps one of his rubber legs, that is.
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2 Andrea Pirlo takes a mean free-kick, as we saw last night, when he scored this pearler against Benfica.
3 Resting Steven Gerrard against Portsmouth didn’t seem to do him much good, judging by his lacklustre performance against Porto.
4 You only realise how good Frank Lampard is when he’s not there. Same goes for Didier Drogba. Chelsea aren’t exactly a two-man team – John Terry and Petr Cech are key too – but boy did they miss Fat Frank and the Drog last night.
5 If I could listen to just one manager’s post-match press conferences, I’d choose Gordon Strachan’s. He never dodges a question and always has a twinkle in his eye. And will a Scottish team ever win away in the Champions League? I can’t remember the last time it happened. Answers on a postcard please.