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Liverpool won their sixth UEFA Champions League last season. (Source: Twitter/@snappedlfc)If Eric Cantona’s philosophical speech talking about football and immortality is anything to go by, UEFA Champions League, going into its 65th edition, might prove to return to its accustomed grandeur this time around. September will have well and truly arrived when the all too familiar anthem will bellow out loud and clear in Bruges and Pireas on Tuesday night.
With the return of the annual competition, a flurry of anticipatory questions swarm the heads of the football faithful — will Liverpool gegenpress their way through to another final? Will Cristiano Ronaldo finally break the curse of Turin? Will Pep Guardiola be able to put an end to his nine-year-long drought? Will Bayern Munich and Barcelona put enough effort to voice their superiority this year?
Will the unbalanced financial scales in the European competition be able to provide healthy competition to the ones crowned at the top of the hierarchy?
“As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods, they kill us for their sport,” the 53-year-old Frenchman had said after accepting the 2019 UEFA President’s Award in Monaco back in August. Whether Cantona was merely quoting William Shakespeare’s King Lear, or he was indicating to the inequalities is unsure, but this much is known, that his statement does stand strong with the hypotheses that the rich clubs do “kill for sport” in the premium-tier of Europe.
Barring Ajax’s inspiring quarter-final win over Juventus and Red Star Be
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