Reading the names Van der Sar, De Boer, Kluivert, and Blind in your preamble has taken me straight back to 1995,” says Peter Oh. “If I were at home and not at the office (it’s approaching mid-day here in California), I’d put the Stone Roses ‘Second Coming’ CD in the old 5-disc carousel and revel in the memories of great football.”
What a team. On the subject, here’s a Joy of Six on teams that broke up too soon. Let’s hope Ajax manage to keep the 2017 vintage together.
You’ll probably want to know about Ajax’s hotshot Danish striker, Kasper Dolberg. Ed Aarons has the lowdown.
In Manchester United’s favour is Jose Mourinho’s record in European finals. He’s three from three, having won the Uefa Cup and Champions League with Porto in 2003 and 2004 respectively and the Champions League with Inter seven years ago. By contrast, this is Peter Bosz’s first European final at the age of 53.
Jose Mourinho speaks. “We tried our best to focus on the game. It is our job. We come here to do that job the best we can and I think we are ready for it. Not with the same happiness, not with the happiness that we bring with us normally, but from a professional point of view we are ready. I don’t know what Ajax are going to do. I don’t know if they will be able to do what they want to do. We are going to give absolutely everything we have to give. Bailly is suspended. It was a choice between Smalling and Jones. I was pushed to decide Chris because he recovered before Jones and he has one week in advance in relation to Jones. Mata is a position where we have alternatives. We have Martial, we have Lingard. Today it is important to start with experience and a brain and later to go with pace and freshness. One season cannot depend on one game but the reality is if we win tonight we get a very important trophy and a Champions…