Breakfast of Champions
England will be sending four clubs to compete in the European Champions League tournament, which begins group play next month. Matchups were announced today, and apparently the topic on everybody's mind is whether they have to play anyone more than 90 minutes away:
Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez: "The important thing as always is that the travelling isn't too bad. We don't have too far to go for any of the games."
Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon: "There isn't a lot of travel, though, so we have to be reasonably pleased with the draw."
Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis: "It is good to have relatively short travel times, that's something that Arsene (Wenger) thinks about a lot."
Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson: "These are difficult ties, especially the trips to Russia and Turkey."
Seriously? Anything more than a 2-hour plane ride is supposed to be a major drain on these guys? Are they flying RyanAir or something?