He might like to reflect on how neutral his stance actually is. He believes that Liverpool and Nottingham Forest played atypically when lifting European trophies. What matters is that those teams won their competitions. Has he forgotten Aston Villa's European Cup victory in 1982? I remember Brian Clough's commentary advice to a Villa player that night: 'Kick it lad . . . ,' he screamed, with a couple of minutes to go and Villa 1-0 up, '. . . kick it anywhere]'
Arsenal played the European game and played it well. They won the cup. They also won respect. The Parma coach praised them. A Sunderland fan I know, a man with little affection for 'Southern-softie' football, admitted he had wanted Arsenal to win, even confessing to shouting at the Italian players on his TV screen. George Graham's side deserved their success.
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