With an enticing fixture between two of Europe’s biggest sides in the Champions League Final on Saturday, millions will watch as Catalonia battle Turin in what could be one of the most entertaining fixtures of this calendar year.
The stage is set for the most entertaining fixture in a decade.
Most fans only remember the victors of the finals and not the stand out performances that brought us to the final. Underdogs that take on the biggest of sides and come out victors are soon forgotten by the end of the whistle and fans forget who made the unbelievable odds look easy in years prior. WHO Will win?! Barcelona or Juventus – Bet online at William Hill.
One team that progressed through tumultuous terms were the 2000/01 Leeds United side, who battled the Giants of all countries to reach the semifinals that glorious summer.
Speaking recently in an interview with the Mirror, Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino spoke of his aspirations to bring the former champions of England back to where they belong not just to the Premier League, but to the sacred ground of Champions League football too.
Although this seems a long shot for the Championship strugglers, who have not recorded a top half finish for some time now. The club battle on to reclaim their status in English football as one of the greats, having being forced to take on the name of England’s biggest sleeping giants.
Leeds United are the epitome of clubs falling from grace, having gone from a Champions League semi final in 2001 to relegation in 2004.
The club have since fallen to the third tier and returned an ever passionate side. But is this enough for the club to regain its place in England’s hall of fame?
In the new dawn of football that see’s clubs having to invest in top calibre players and high prices, Leeds are not in the financial state to challenge for an automatic promotion never mind high flying Premier League status.
With the unknown net worth of current Italian owner Massimo Cellino causing major doubts to the club’s financial status and whether he can keep the troubled club afloat without a promotion payoff. Leeds United’s immediate focus needs to be a higher league finish and better calibre of player before any visions of such days in glory start to enter their minds.
Most clubs enter a five-year plan to regain promotion and then survive relegation and if Leeds are to be promoted in three years, the club will then look to break the top 10, which in retrospect could take up to 10 years.
Now in their first European competition since promotion, Southampton have played the game right, slowly building a talented side and naturally progressing up the league at ease.
The advantage for the South Coast club is that they have had the finances to build such a talented side and if Leeds are to ever grace a European competition, the club would need more than Mr. Cellino’s help to have a chance at such a great honour.
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