44 is the magic number

So sang De La Soul. Oh, wait.

José Mourinho was bought to the San Siro for just one reason as far as I’m concerned: to win the Champions League. Inter Milan haven’t reached the pinnacle of European club football for 44 years now. Until last summer, despite the ‘golden generation’, Spain hadn’t won the European for the same amount of time – 44 years.

My dream pairing for the Champions League final this year is Liverpool and Inter Milan1. A Mourinho and Benítez redux. I’ll obviously be cheering for Liverpool.

Of course if Inter beat Manchester United this evening and do go on to lift the cup in Rome this May then it’s only a matter of time before the English press start to do what they always do with regard to the national team and put the hype engine into overdrive.

In 2010 it will be 44 years since England won the World Cup back in 1966.

1 As an added bonus it will mean that Manchester United can’t achieve their stunning ambition of a quintuple of trophies this season.

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