Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Alan Green: Hold the back page... I admit I was wrong

You'll know I’m, in general, not a fan of the tinkering made to the Champions League by UEFA President Michel Platini but I have to admit some of this week’s results have made me sit up and pay attention.

Unquestionably, the pick of them occurred at the Nou Camp where the holders lost to Rubin Kazan. And Dynamo Kiev’s draw away to Inter Milan was almost as impressive. You’d still think Barcelona and Mourinho’s lot will make it through from Group F but how much more interesting it is that one or both could stumble and be knocked out.

Platini wanted more ‘equality’ in the competition and he’s getting it. For a while last Wednesday night even little Apoel Nicosia were winning at Porto and, of course, there was that thumping victory by Unirea Urziceni over Rangers at Ibrox.

My complaint that the group stage is all too boring isn’t holding up this season.

You see, I’m not that arrogant. I got it wrong!

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