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Well how was that Champions League game for excitement? One of the best games of football I’ve seen in a long time, not just for the final outcome which saw Chelsea progress to the quarter final, but also because it was a lot of the time end to end stuff. Napoli are a fantastic team going forward and many of their results show this. They do lack a little something in defence though and I think they will strengthen over the summer. Watch out for them again next season.

What I did find interesting though was the passion and drive that Lampard, Terry and Drogba showed for the whole 120 minutes. They were like completely different players which proves to me that they just weren’t trying under AVB. They didn’t want to play for him (for whatever reason) and I find that sad, he was the manager, they should have been professional enough to respect that and make a go of his ideas and see where it took them. Anyway, who knows, maybe Di Matteo will get the job full time if he pulls something out of the bag this year, I wouldn’t be disappointed with that to be honest, I always liked him as a player and I have his signature on one of my shirts. Time will tell…

On the flip side of things over in the Europa League, it wasn’t all rosy as BOTH Manchester clubs went out of the competition. Some would say shock results, but I don’t think so. Credit where credit is due. Athletic Club de Bilbao have done what they have on merit and to say that it’s a shock result would be highly disrespectful to them. The same goes for Sporting Lisbon. They are always there or thereabouts in the Portuguese league and do remember that its the same club that Christiano Ronaldo and Nani were bought from by Manchester Utd.

In the Championship, financially ruined Portsmouth have been offering their players to just about anyone who may be interested in taking them off their hands. They are facing relegation to League One and have to reduce the wage bill fast. Personally I do not think that they are going to survive this round of financial troubles and I think that the club will fold for good this time. I am sure something will rise from the ashes, but certainly not at the level they are at just now.

Aberdeen FC are now undefeated in a tremendous 13 games (including cups). This is an amazing achievement I think and they have managed to set up a Scottish Cup semi final with SPL strugglers Hibs, meaning that The Dons now have one of the best chances to make it to a cup final for the first time in quite a few years. Manager Craig Brown has been able to get some sort of belief from his players and although many of these games have been draws, a point is a point and that has to be better than none any day. Currently lying 7 points off an automatic European place, a cup final against Celtic (probably) would also be enough to ensure some European football next season for the North East club.