So the Champions League swings back into action next week and with the rather tiresome group stage put to bed we can look forward to some two legged knock-out action.
But (there is always a but) a quick glance down the fixture list and you will notice that it all looks a bit familiar. That’s because it is. The problem I have with the Champions league is that it’s the same teams every year who get through to the latter knock out stages, and frankly it’s getting boring.
Apart from the odd newbie (Atletico Madrid, Sporting this year) or like in 2004 when Porto surprised everyone by lifting the cup, the quarter and semi final spots are nearly always selected from a small, elite group of teams.