I can’t say that watching Chelsea lift the Champions League trophy last night filled me with much joy. How can a team that create so little end up winning? It is curious that in the last four years the attractive play of Barça has triumphed twice, while in the other two years the competition has been won by the team that beat us in the semis, and on both occasions they did it with a very defensive system. Perhaps this balance between the success of different footballing philosophies is something that helps to make the game great.
Chelsea’s win is the first time ever the trophy has been won by a London club, curiously in the same year that the English capital is hosting the Olympics. Twenty years ago today, in the year the Olympics came to Barcelona, Barça beat Sampdoria 1-0 at Wembley to lift the European Cup for the first time. It wasn’t the most memorable final but the winning goal from Ronald Koeman is an absolute cracker.