A quirky statistic from Wednesday's Champions League quarter-finals is that all four managers once played in the same Barcelona team. Barca coach Luis Enrique , PSG manager Laurent Blanc , Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola and Porto coach Julen Lopetegui were all on the books at the Nou Camp during the 1996-97 season, when Bobby Robson was manager of the Catalan club.
All four started the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup against Atletico Madrid at the start of the 1996-97 season. Barca lost the leg 3-1 but won the trophy courtesy of a 5-2 victory in the first leg.
Also in that side was Albert Ferrer (former Cordoba coach), Sergi Barjuan (Almeria boss), Abelardo Fernandez (Sporting Gijon coach), Hristo Stoichkov (ex-Celta Vigo and Bulgaria coach) and Juan Antonio Pizzi (former Valencia manager).
As an added bonus, Robson's assistant during that time was none other than current Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.
He went into dugout to find the kitman and masseuse....masseuse asks him every time he's having his 'rub' if today there is "any chance"..
He always told all the other players he wouldn't celebrate if he ever scored....but totally lost composure.....said when he got into the dugout he thought "Oh sh*t, I'm on a yellow" and then panicked he'd get sent off and would never live it down!
Ref totally bottles sending Fabio off, in perhaps one of the most obvious red cards you'll see, given he could easily have been booked beforehand too.
Cardiff manager recognises Fabio has totally lost his head so makes the wise decision to withdraw him and bring on Noone.
Noone (who shouldn't be on the pitch) roasts Mings and puts ball on a plate for Gunnarson - who fortunately pokes it wide.
One awful bit of refereeing could easily have cost us 2 points - because we won it is forgotten about in the main.
On a separate note how the ref booked Skuse for a little tug on a shirt but decided not to book Whittingham who scythed down Sears when breaking away is absolutely beyond me - an awful refereeing performance.
I think the head to head between the 2 teams is such a better way to decide things - regardless of whether we are on right or wrong side of it come the end of the season.
There's too many games that are anomolies, Bournemouth stuffing Birmingham by 8 goals makes a massive difference clearly - but is an 8-0 agaainst a side in disarray better than a 2-0 win over direct rivals?
What do other people think is the fairest way to decided between two teams on level points?
I'm not a fan of the policy as it is - makes social housing more in demand, and more sought after if this will happen. Punishes those that can't afford to rent but are at the bottom of the Q for social housing so are forced to.